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October '16

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28 a-e-mag.com • A&E OCTOBER 2016 I enjoy teaching my class at each of the NBM trade shows. Titled "Road to Sublimation Success," the presentation focuses on doing things right using proven best practices and keeping folks up to date on exciting advances within the sublimation transfer industry. Whether during a class or on the show floor, I always have fun discussing how the sublimation industry is continually expanding and, in some cases, breaking the rules. So what's new in the world of sublimation? REVEAL-S VERSION 4.0 This self-weeding product from Vivid Chemical allows folks with sublimation printers to decorate white- or light-colored cotton and blended fabrics using medium- to bold-colored graphics. Unlike sublimating to polyester, which actually dyes the fabric, Reveal-S makes sublimating to cotton a surface decorating technology similar to screen printing or DTG printing. Released just a few months ago, Reveal-S film has gone through significant enhancements including: 1) the introduction of the all-important 13-by-19-inch film size for desktop sublimation printers; 2) the introduction of 15-inch roll media for wide- format printers such as Epson, Mutoh RJ900X, and Sawgrass VJ 628; and 3) a significant improvement to the printing and release properties of the film. As I write this article, version 4 is shipping and provides a larger window of success in regards to time and temperature. One result of these changes has been the successful decoration of cotton products such as tote bags, aprons, pillowcases, and items made of duck cloth. ROAD TO SUBLIMATION SUCCESS Released earlier this year, Reveal-S allows folks with sublimation printers to decorate white- or light-colored cotton and blended fabrics using medium- to bold-colored graphics. ALL IMAGES COURTESY DAVID GROSS New Sublimation Tech and Tips By David Gross

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