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This technique involves using a transfer, which is pressed on to the plastic / polymer surface, through the use of a heated press (Heat Press Transfer Machine). The transfer (graphics) is usually produced using CAD software, which is printed out by a sublimation printer. This technique produces a permanent surface finish. Study sublimation printing for more detail.
|Vinyl Decals are made up of shapes / labels, cut out of a coloured vinyl roll, by a computer controlled vinyl cutter. The shapes are then applied to an application roll (a Taping Machine is use for this process). The vinyl shapes on the surface of the application roll, are then ready to be applied to a surface, such as the bodywork of a car, delivery van, or a signpost etc.... For more information study vinyl cutting / cutters.
Vinyl decals tend to be one colour, due to the complexity of applying the vinyl shapes to the application roll. However, vinyl decals can be multi-coloured, but these are much more expensive, as each coloured shape / label, has to be applied to the application roll individually. Then, they are transferred to the product.
|In this example, the vinyl Cutter (such as a STIKA machine or a Craft Robo), is used to cut out a direction sign.|
|Vinyl stickers are sometimes confused with Vinyl Decals. They differ, in that they manufactured from a roll of digital vinyl, that runs through a wide format printer. The printer has a full range of printing cartridges, which means sharp images can be printed on to the digital vinyl, much the same, as a printer is used to print on paper. The ink has advance properties, ensuring that it is long-lasting. Further to this, the printed sheet can then be die-cut, giving it any required outline shape.|
|Vinyl stickers can be applied to walls, vehicle sides, glass and plastic surfaces. They are often used as decorative pieces, used to enhance the presentation of a surface. They are often multi-coloured and can be quite complex in design.|
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