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What is Sublimation? And Why Do We Use it for Our ALTO™ Products?

Updated: Mar 24, 2022

When we first got into making signs, panels and murals, we looked for a technology that would give our products the best of everything. We had experience with custom HPL, which we offered under our FOLIA brand, so we were familiar with the kinds of printing available for signage and panel applications. When we came upon sublimation printing in 2006, we saw that this was technology that would solve many of the issues affecting our clients- durability, fading, maintenance, and so on.

Sublimation printing is used for a variety of applications- it’s typically known as a form of printing on plastic, textiles and ceramics, so it certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when talking about signage, panels or murals. Those applications usually make use of high-pressure laminate, vinyl, or direct printing. The truth is, with the right technology, sublimation can be used for numerous applications, bringing the benefits of great colors and long-term durability.

So, what is sublimation?