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    DYE-SUBLIMATION HARDWARE

    Information and Price Catalogue

    Effective 1st June 2012

    Private and Confidential

    BRISBANE | SYDNEY | MELBOURNE

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Introduction Into Dye-Sublimation 3

    FAQ’s 4

    Need to Know: Substrates 5

    Need to Know: Graphics Software 5

    Need to Know: Colour Correction 5

    Dye-Sublimation Printers 6

    Printer Comparison Chart 7

    ArTainium UV+ Printers 8

    Ricoh SubliJet-R Printers 10

    Heat Presses 13

    Accessories 15

    AGS has been a licensed Distributor of the

    Sawgrass Inks for over 10 years now

    (formerly through Power Digital). The

    commitment to quality, reliability and

    performance by Sawgrass Technologies Inc.

    has cemented this strong relationship and

    enabled AGS to be one of Australia’s leading

    suppliers of Dye-Sublimation solutions.

    Sawgrass Consumer Division provides high

    performance dye sublimation inks and colour

    management software for personalising

    consumer products, such as photo gifts,

    promotional products, awards and

    recognitions, decorated apparel, indoor

    signage, home décor, and much more...

    For more information, downloads, support

    and tutorials check out our new website:

    www.ags.com.au.

    Product Tutorials and Instructions can be

    found under the ‘Resources’ tab

    Technical Information and Installation

    Support can be found under the ‘Services -

    Digital Transfer’ tab.

    All prices are correct at time of printing. All prices exclude GST and freight and are subject to change without notice. Standard AGS Terms & Conditions of sale apply.

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    Whether you are already in the Dye-Sublimation business or about to embark on a

    new venture it is important to understand the basic science behind dye-sublimation.

    Dye: to impregnate colour into a material. Many times this colour change is

    permanent.

    Sublimation: a change directly from the solid to a gas without becoming liquid.

    Dye-Sublimation: Solid dye particles are changed into gas using heat and

    pressure, then bond with any polyester polymers present, and change back into a

    solid.

    Many people think that the dye sublimation process is a new technology but this is

    certainly not the case. Originating in the 1950's, dye sublimation technology has in

    recent times been revolutionised by its application with digital inkjet printing

    technology. When invented it was found that synthetic fabrics such as polyester

    could not be coloured with the dying process used with natural fibres such as wool

    and cotton.

    The process developed to colour synthetic fabrics was to place special dyes on a

    paper using screen print technology. This paper was then placed on the fabric in a

    heat press. When heat is applied to the dyes it goes from a solid to a gas without

    going through a liquid state, a bit like dry ice. The vaporised dye sublimates into the

    open pores of the fabric and when the heat is removed the dye solidifies thus dyeing

    it on a permanent microscopic basis. Any polyester garments such as football

    jumpers, swimwear, kids pyjamas etc. are all coloured by this dye sublimation

    process.

    The big moment was when the dyes have been refined to a stage that they can now

    be passed through the nozzles of standard ink-jet technology. This eliminated the

    cost prohibitive set up associated with traditional screen printing. This process was

    patented by Sawgrass Technologies Inc. worldwide, including Australia, USA and

    Europe.

    Beside its traditional use on synthetic fabric, dye sublimation can be used to

    decorate on a vast and growing array of polyester coated products. These coated

    items include ceramics, metal, wood, jewellery, clocks, coasters, mats, name

    badges to name a few.

    Custom Products As Easy at Create, Print and Press!

    Create! Create or import your artwork using a graphic program, like CorelDRAW® or Adobe® PhotoShop®.

    Print! Print your image using ArTainium® UV+ or SubliJet-R® sublimation inks, a standard Epson® or

    Ricoh® printer and high quality sublimation paper.

    Press! Using a standard flatbed or mug heat press, transfer the image onto a wide variety of substrates.

    Introduction into Dye-Sublimation

    Key Points to remember:

    + Substrate MUST have a

    polyester coating or

    content.

    + Substrate MUST be heat

    resistant to 200C. All

    products supplied by AGS

    are sublimation ready!

    + Sublimation inks MUST

    be used in a compatible

    Epson or Ricoh printer.

    + Compatible sublimation

    papers are recommended

    for different ink types/

    brands.

    + Sublimated products

    are not suitable for long

    term outdoor use.

    + Sawgrass Technologies

    Inc. hold the patent to

    dye-sublimation inks. All

    other ‘unbranded’ or

    ‘non-Sawgrass’ inks are

    infringing the worldwide

    patent. All inks supplied

    by AGS are licensed by

    Sawgrass.

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    Why can’t I sublimate dark material?

    Dye-sublimation inks are water based inks, therefore they are transparent when they are pressed. If you try press

    onto a dark substrate you will not see anything, if you try press onto a gold substrate the gold will show through,

    slightly changing your colours. Think about when you go to do a slideshow on a projector - you need a white wall.

    This is the same theory as with dye-sublimation. You need to have a white base to enable the colours to be true. The

    only way you can print an image onto a dark garment is using the PromaSubFLOCK. This is a thin white vinyl that

    you heat press onto and then cut out and press onto your garment. The Flock provides the white base.

    Why can’t I sublimate onto cotton?

    Dye-Sublimation is designed to bond to polyester fibres and ignore everything else. When it comes to garments and

    fabric blends we recommend a minimum of 65% polyester, but remember because the ink will only penetrate the

    polyester, the less polyester in your fabric the less quality image you will have. And also remember it has to be light

    coloured.

    If it only works with polyester then why can I print onto glass and ceramics?

    If the substrate is not a polyester fabric then it has been sprayed with a polyester coating. All of the products Power

    Digital supplies come pre-coated. We only source products with a good quality coating, as with everything there are

    varying qualities of coating and this can effect the longevity of the print as well as the durability. Power Digital also

    stocks a range of coatings that you can spray yourself. Remember not all products will be suited for the press, either

    because of their size, shape or resilience to heat.

    What about plastics?

    You can’t sublimate onto just any piece of plastic. Many polymers cannot withstand the amount of heat needed to do

    the sublimation part of the process, and if they can stand the heat what’s going to happen when you add some

    pressure and time? Many of them melt and shrink. FRP (Fibre Reinforced Plastic) is what all of the plastics supplied

    by Power Digital are made from.

    Who are Sawgrass Technologies?

    Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. is a specialty chemical research company developing innovative vertical market

    solutions with patented digital transfer imaging technology. By combining leading-edge digital ink products with

    advanced colour management software, Sawgrass has developed state–of–the–art systems for high-quality colour

    printing of personalized and customised images onto a wide variety of surfaces. These technologies enable

    customers to create, manage, and deliver visually rich products by harnessing the power of digital printing.

    Did Sawgrass invent inkjet sublimation printing?

    Prior to the mid–1990's, a commercially viable/stable inkjet sublimation ink was not available in the market. There

    were unsuccessful attempts to sell sublimation inks for use in inkjet printers. These inks however tended to quickly

    settle out and could not be printed for more than a few hours without permanently damaging the print heads.

    Sawgrass' first solution for the problems encountered with inkjet sublimation was a wax thermal sublimation printer

    product released in the early 1990's. Shortly after the successful release of wax thermal sublimation p