Decorated Apparel at The SGIA 2012 Show

I attended the Specialty Graphics Industries Association SGIA show in Las Vegas and saw some really great ideas. This is a dye sublimation image transfer from a large format ink jet printer to a large roll-to-roll heat press. The image is heated which then turns to a gas and bonds to the polyester fibers of the cloth. The image is then a permanant part of the fibers. The size of the images and substrates puts some economies of scale to make this a viable solution for custom patterns or original artwork on fabric. Unfortunately the cloth has to have a “plastic” or polyester component for the image to transfer. You could then embroider over the pattern to create real one-of-a-kind looks.

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