With advancements in technology creating continual improvements in graphic output and resolution, the world of printing is ever-evolving and changing. From screen and large format processes to dye sublimation techniques and modern 3D printing, the standards for printing promotional and at-home items have continued to be raised. Whether you are looking to add custom mugs and t-shirts to your company’s arsenal of trade show swag or simply want to educate yourself on what printing capabilities are out there, familiarizing yourself with the printing techniques that will best suit your specific medium and display need will help you produce higher quality custom prints and products.
Dye sublimation printing can vividly produce custom graphics on a variety of substrates,including fabric and metal. A transfer paper print is inserted into an intense heat press with the chosen substrate so the inks sublimate the material. This vibrant printing process is utilized in personalized table throws, as well as metal prints, to decorate a home or office. The graphic output is characterized by brilliant colors and photo-quality output that gives the imagery a life-like quality. Fading or dripping of the inks usually does not occur because of the instant drying time caused by the heat press.
3D printing has pervaded the news recently due to the variety of applications it can be used for, as well as the practicality of creating three-dimensional objects from a 3D model or image. From medical use in the form of prosthetic limbs to automobile creation, the reach of 3D printing in a myriad of fields is vast and undeniable. This technology is also used to make unmanned aerial drones for military purposes, as reported by BBC news in the article “3D Printing Helps Make Drones Faster” (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29371004).
Though 3D printers can be purchased for home use, some companies are offering professional 3D printing services which they claim offer a much higher quality product than what you can produce with an in-home 3D printer. Mary Beth Quirk of consumerist.com recently wrote that UPS will be expanding their 3D printing services to 100 more stores (http://consumerist.com/2014/09/22/ups-expanding-3d-printing-services-to-100-stores/). UPS originally tested the brand-new printing technique at six locations and recently announced that it will expand its efforts to stores throughout the United States. To find out if there is a UPS location near you with this exciting new printing development available, check out agbeat.com’s list here: http://agbeat.com/tech-news/100-ups-stores-will-offer-3d-printing-one-near/.
The advancement of printing is not only applicable in promotional events and campaigns for businesses, but is also relevant in the world of interior design. Canvas and metal prints have become a popular décor item in homes and offices across the country. This personalized design item can feature a family portrait or photo of a recent vacation for a room in your home or a gathering area in an office setting. Canvas, fabric and metal prints also make memorable and unique gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and new home owners!
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