How to Print on Weird Things

How to Print on Weird Things

Summary: I love the occasional story about printing on unusual surfaces, like the first time I heard about the CakeJet printer for transferring edible images on to cakes. So I was wondering how companies get images onto all those unusual things you see available these days like customized mouse pads, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, dog dishes, etc., etc.

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I love the occasional story about printing on unusual surfaces, like the first time I heard about the CakeJet printer for transferring edible images on to cakes. So I was wondering how companies get images onto all those unusual things you see available these days like customized mouse pads, coffee mugs, Christmas ornaments, dog dishes, etc., etc.

Turns out most of those products are made with relatively simple desktop dye-sublimation color printers and the use of a heat transfer press. And from the looks of this video from Conde Systems, it doesn't look all that complicated.

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  • RE: How to Print on Weird Things

    Dear DocuMentor,
    Actually, I feel impelled to point out that we don't use ordinary desktop dye sublimation printers, those are actually a "horse of a different color". What we do is use certain Ricoh and Epson brand printers with dye sublimation inks created for the imaging process.

    Please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries. Thanks for showing off our video!

    Thanks,
    Bobbi McMullen

    Product Marketing
    Delivering all the value of today's color output technology.?

    Cond? Systems, Inc.
    5600 Commerce Blvd. East
    Mobile, AL; 36619-9214
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    bobbicoker
    • RE: How to Print on Weird Things

      @bobbicoker
      Thanks Bobbi, for the correction. Doc hasn't checked in on dye-sublimation technology in a long time and was obviously behind the times.

      Only us old guys remember the early days of color printing when dye sublimation, solid-ink, inkjet and toner were all competing for market share. All of those technologies are still around, but it seems as though inkjet and toner have taken over the bulk of the market. Glad to know, however, that technologies like dye sublimation are still in use in such interesting fields and that companies like Ricoh and Epson are tailoring machines for specialty printing.

      Thanks again for bringing us up to date!
      Documentor
  • RE: How to Print on Weird Things

    One can also try exploring of adding a dye sub kit comprimising of sublimation ink tanks that attach to the print heads for various Epson inkjet printers on the market. Much cheaper albeit a more basic option
    shane chauhan
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