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Thread: Why do I not want to sublimate tile?

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    Why do I not want to sublimate tile?

    I have used a non sublimation method to produce this image526222_10150690640527596_501437595_9414511_588098607_n.jpg in ceramic tile. The image is fused into the ceramic tile using an oven at 1400+ degrees for 5 hours. Although my maximum size is 12".
    I know you can have wide format sublimation up to 48".

    Questions that I have about sublimation?
    Is this scratch resistant? Will full colour ever fade?

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    You can certainly scratch a sublimated tile (although it's very durable) and yes, the color will fade, it's not UV stable ink (unless you are using UV stable ink).
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    These guys have a system, they are to distributor in the USA for the process,I'm not sure offhand who
    invented this process and holds they rights. It is an expensive and time consuming process. They do one
    ups starting about $25. Are you doing something similar?

    www.enduring-images.com/?gclid=COSS2_Ob068CFU3UKgodr2kqdwDo you have the decals made, are they custom


    or stock images. Dye Sub is quick easy and cheap 4.25x4.25 cost a couple bucks and is ready in about 4 min.
    But it does fade. Some HP printers (black only) have a high iron content, you can print on a decal material
    and fire, it give a sepia tone type color.

    How much do you charge for a 12x12?
    Martin Boekers

    2 Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt Lasers
    Geo Knight K20S 16x20 Heat Press
    Geo Knight K Mug Press,
    Ricoh GX-7000 Dye Sub Printer
    Zerox Phaser 6360 Laser Printer
    numerous other tools and implements
    of distruction/distraction!

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    They told me if I have the design, and for them to do everything except the design $87 sq.ft. They will ship it out.
    They gave a quote of 25k. I also have contacted the German manufacture, where Enduring Images is a partner of, roughfully 8k cheaper... I am just trying to find the most economical solution.
    I think the tile was amazing! 100% what I wanted
    Last edited by lucas kreft; 04-28-2012 at 4:43 PM.

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    There is an untapped market for this as many outdoor use require it to be permanent.
    Have you though of setting up a system yourself? Not sure if licensing is available.
    in Nova Scotia. If you have an ink manufacterer close you may see if they have an idea
    of a process or formula that may work. Full Color is the issue. I have seen some tiles lasered
    through a 4 color process, lot a steps as you have to coat a tile then burn a color separated file
    with the color coating and then recoat and do it over unit you have burned the CMYK separations
    with each coating.
    Martin Boekers

    2 Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt Lasers
    Geo Knight K20S 16x20 Heat Press
    Geo Knight K Mug Press,
    Ricoh GX-7000 Dye Sub Printer
    Zerox Phaser 6360 Laser Printer
    numerous other tools and implements
    of distruction/distraction!

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