Pay More Attention to the Disadvantages of Digital Sublimation Textile Printing with Sublimation Paper

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1) It is necessary to buy a heat press or a separate sublimation calender;
2) When printing on sublimation paper or directly on fabric and then fixing on an external calander the work flow is quite long and.....the first job you will print will be the last one out from your printing system in other words it will be FILO, First In Last Out. It is the worst possible work flow, the first customer will be the one with the worst service.
3) It is essential to purchase the paper for the transfer, and also the protective paper 
4) When the sublimation ink is sublimated as a gas it cannot ensure sufficient penetration when you want to print on media that require a high "see-through" such as that required for the printing of flags;
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5) You need additional space for the press or for the calender. Those systems are quite large especially when the format it is 2,6mt or 3,2 mt;
6) Calenders have a very high power consumption, 16KW or even 32kw/64Kw with very high power consumption and dedicated power lines;
7) Some Calenders require at least 60/120 minutes before being operational, others 60/120 minutes are require for cooling down, as a consequence you must have the calender (and the power consumption) on for all day even if you will not use it intensively;
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8) The "process of transfer" can be quite tricky, especially on large formats and may require dedicated staff, in the 3, 20 mt it is quite common to see 5 people around the machine when the media is going to be loaded. You must manage, during the loading: a) the printed paper; b) the polyester where to transfer the print; c) protective paper to protect the drum/felt and every media MUST be loaded perfectly even and without any shrinkage;
9) The sublimation transfer paper itself, in high format (particularly the 3,2mt) is much more expensive than the transfer paper for small format.
10) To protect the felt of the calender you should always use an additional sheet of very thin paper called "protective paper" (10 gr/sqm) to protect the felt in the calender from possible ink transfer;
11) You have to dispose both the transfer and the protective paper after the process;
12) The replacement of the felt is complicated and very expensive;
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