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Sublimation Printing or UV Printing- What’s your Style?
12 December, 2019 by
Er. Ankit Kumar

Imagine… want to print just anything under the sun! It might sound wishful but the latest UV-LED printing technology has made printing any design and any color on practically any surface and object. Making a customized phone case cover with your family picture is easily possible just with the UV-LED technology.

Let us compare and contrast the difference between UV printing and sublimation printing. Sublimation printers are widely used in printing fabrics as it gives good results without altering the texture and feel of the fabric. However, there are some more aspects which need to be considered to decide which is a better technique. Here is a face-off between the two techniques:

·       Product Range

Sublimation printing is majorly restricted to synthetic fabrics like polyester and acrylic fiber. On the contrary UV-LED printing has extended its horizon to almost any surface, any material. The UV printers can print any design on glass, metal, doors, wood, cloth, etc. and can customize any kind of design on products like trophies, note-pads, keyrings, mobile phone covers, glass doors, tabletop glass and many more.

So if you wish to expand your product range the UV-LED printers will bring about a significantly wider market.

·       Choice of Background

With a darker background, the sheen, finish, and quality of printing will give adverse results if sublimation printers are used. The UV printers can print on any substrate backgrounds with a superior gloss and fine finish. As a matter of fact, UV-LED technology is the aptest for printing on transparent surfaces as well. The quality and efficiency of UV-LED printers are better for any darker substrate background.

·       Speed is the Name of the Game

Needless to say, the speed of printing affects time involved and directly affects the costs. For better efficiency and speed, the UV digital printers outsmart the sublimation printers and process the work much quicker.

Since UV printing is a single step process and the ink on the material dries up instantly with the in-built UV light, the need to use further heat is eliminated. The sublimation printing is a two-step process and external heat is required to dry up the material which is relatively time-consuming.

·       Apparatus and Infrastructure

The sublimation process requires two apparatuses- the printer and the heat machine, whereas the UV printing technology requires only the UV printer. This means the cost of the equipment and maintenance would be less cumbersome with the digital UV-LED printers.

·       Eco-Friendly

The inks used in UV printers have a unique inherent property of eco-friendliness. Also, the UV printing inks generate higher quality and clarity of output because of the chemical compound called photoinitiators. The sublimation inks are not eco-friendly and the dye used causes damage to the environment.


The Results

The winner of the face-off is UV-LED printing technology under most of the heads. Though the existence of sublimation printers is quintessential to the fabric industry, however due to speed and eco-solvent inks the UV printers are making a huge impact on the industry.

The Last Words

The advent of UV-LED print technology has been a revolutionary phenomenon in customizing and creating unique prints on all types of surfaces. Axis Enterprises is an authorized manufacturer and dealer of UV printers and has made an indelible name in providing the best UV flatbed printers for all your needs. Even the after-sale services have made Axis Enterprises a unique entity in dealing with UV-LED printers. Feel free to contact at +91-88721-88721 for any query or free demo and you can assess the utility of this multi-dimensional printer.