Left side advert image
Right side advert image
Super banner advert image
Subscribe to Print Monthly's RSS feed

Enter your email address here to sign up for our weekly newsletter

Wide-format

Fields finds a Pure and Simple profit driver

Designer Shelley Fields of Pure and Simple Solutions was seeking a system to give her flexibility in the production of soft furnishings and textiles. Working from home she sewed pillows, bags and various personalised items for friends and family. Then she set up a website and a store on Etsy.com, but she knew she needed an edge over other entrepreneurs selling similar products.

Article picture

Colourful: sublimation printers can transform a small business as they open up a myriad of new product and service possibilities

Fields says: “If I was making something similar, I wanted to stand out a bit. I monitored social media a lot to keep up with current trends - what was hot and what was not. In doing so, I stumbled upon sublimation.”

Robin Kavanagh of the American firm Sawgrass, which manufacture integrated printers, ink and software for the sublimation process explains: “Sublimation ink isn’t really ink, but rather solid dye particles suspended in a carrier fluid. When it is printed onto transfer paper, the colours are muted and will remain so until the right amount of heat and pressure is applied in the press.

If I was making something similar, I wanted to stand out a bit. I monitored social media a lot to keep up with current trends - what was hot and what was not. In doing so, I stumbled upon sublimation

"When this happens, the dye solids turn into gas, the polymers on the substrate open up and the pressure pushes the gas into the polymer molecules. As the substrate cools, the polymers close and the gas solidifies, making the now vibrant colour a permanent part of the substrate’s surface.”
  
He says that the process is quick, easy and above all cheap with a start-up system for a small business around £1,000.


If you have an interesting story or a view on this news, then please e-mail news@signlink.co.uk

Follow Harry on:
Sophie Jones' Twitter Profile
Print printer-friendly version Printable version Send to a friend Contact us

1 comments, displaying first: 

Sign in:

Email 

or create your very own Print Monthly account  to join in with the conversation.


Avatar

Louis Chan   View users other comments

Tuesday, 06 Sep 2016 04:25 GMT
User since 06/09/2016

Harry is very excellent Dika large format printers - More stable. www.dikaprinter.com