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Why Hard-Surface Dye Sublimation Is Heating Up

(April/May 2017) posted on Thu May 18, 2017

High-definition dye sublimation on rigid substrates offers fresh options for printing gifts, interior décor, and more.

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By Eileen Fritsch

Photo courtesy of Avianix.
In conjunction with its partner United States Dinnerware (manufacturers of products sold under the Prolon brand name), Avianix recently introduced FDA-approved food service products that can be decorated with AvianiTrans 3D dye sublimation vacuum films, 3D vacuum heat presses, and hydro/aqua dye sublimation technologies. The dinnerware is dishwasher- and microwave-safe up to 350 degrees F. The company’s blanks include coasters, plates of various sizes and designs, platters, and bowls, which are ready for sublimation decorating without the need for a print-receptive polyester coating, according to United States Dinnerware President Steve Gluck. Avianix is working with additional molding companies globally to produce goods that can be digitally decorated.

ATI Decorative Laminates is promoting its Fusion dye sublimation process for personalizing brand environments and homes. In addition to wall art, ATI is using dye sublimation printing to custom decorate divider panels, displays, and large, multipanel murals. While ATI can also produce many of these items with direct digital flatbed printers, ATI says dye sublimation allows the properties of the underlying metal or wood to enhance the overall look of the image. The sublimated images are incredibly smooth and durable, and won’t scratch or peel.

Archi-Texture Finishing (A-Tex) is a licensee of Decoral System, which developed an industrial dye sublimation process that applies wood, marble, and similar designs to metals and other materials that will be powder-coated for outdoor durability. Decoral’s process allows high-resolution images printed on plastic film with UV-stable inks to be transferred into durable, weather-resistant powder coatings. Decoral finishes have been used on doors, windows, ceilings, wall panels, and flooring materials. The finishes resist chipping and peeling, withstand corrosion, and endure exposure to sun, heat, and rain.

Bison Coating & Supply produces sublimatable glass, steel, porcelain, and tumbled-stone tiles for decorative accents and murals in commercial and residential décor. Their textured wall tiles can be used in showers and as backsplashes.


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