Overview

Laser Printers

A colour laser printer / copier when coupled with the Forever range of transfer papers, gives you the opportunity to print a much wider variety of products than a sublimation print system can, but is not actually a replacement for sublimation. Confused ? Read on and we’ll explain.

Oki Laser printers

 

How does the laser transfer process work ?

A laser printer uses dry toner, which when transferred sits on the surface of the printed item.

The toner is thicker than a sublimation or inkjet transfer which means that colours are richer which is perfect for logos and solid colours. When transferring onto a clear glass substrate the ink is more opaque (less see through) and text can be printed finer.

Coupled with the Forever papers, a laser printer can transfer onto both coated and uncoated substrates (though washabilty on uncoated products isn’t great) and can also transfer at much lower temperatures, so plastic items like pens, USB memory sticks and the like can also be printed.

A laser printer is much faster than a sublimation printer, and can be used for both transfers and standard paper printing, so business cards, letterheads, invitations and the like can also be printed.

As the toner is NOT water-soluble, a standard paper sticker printed with a laser printer will not run or smear when wet, so laser printed labels are great for wine bottles, sports bottles and so on.

There are some downsides to the laser transfer process laser printer but these are easily overcome by adding a sublimation printer to your print solution (a sublimation printer costs nothing in the whole scheme of things):

 

Advantages

Advantages of Laser print process:

1. Colours are very opaque (not see through), so prints on items like clear glass are much easier to see than those done with sublimation.

2. Transfer times and temperatures are lower than with sublimation, which means that items that wouldn’t be possible to print with sublimation can now be done, like polyprop.

3. It’s possible to transfer images onto items which aren’t specially coated for sublimation, this gives you access to a much bigger variety of products (an endless variety in fact).

4. By using the gold and silver Forever transfer papers, you can effectively digitally foil pretty much the same items that would normally be doing with standard foiling, in any size up to A3 and with a complexity that conventional foiling could never duplicate.

5. You have a multitude of finishing options on products that have not existed in a digital format before, for instance, you can print a piece of wood in full colour, then add silver or gold to it, and even add flock. We’ve printed a mug with gold and full colour and it looks awesome !

6. You can foil a product and also print it in full colour. This includes metals, woods, ceramics, glass, some plastics (including pens), leather, fabrics and so on.

7. By using a RIP (such as the Forever RIP), you can accurately calculate your costs down to the cent for each job that you do.

8. The OKI printers that we use for the laser transfer process are all covered by a 3 year onsite warranty (subject to the customer registering their purchase with OKI).

9. If the laser printers with White toner are used, even dark and black objects can be printed.

10. With the addition of the Forever no-cut flex (which comes in single colours), you can decorate items in single spot colours, and special colours such as neon, white, and metallic colours and then add full colour to this. No other digital print system allows for this.

 

Disadvantages

Disadvantages of Laser print process:

1. Photographs done with a laser are not as good as with sublimation due to the size of the print dot (easily noticed on a hard surface like a mug, but impossible to see on a Tshirt). Skin tones are not as smooth (again due to the size of the dot) but on a fabric item no one will notice.

2. Printing on Polyester fabrics is not as durable as with sublimation (but then again nothing is).

3. As the print with the laser sits on the surface of the product, some items are not great when done with a laser printer as continued rubbing of the surface will wear the print off – examples of this are mousepads. As the mouse rubs on the pad it wears the toner transfer off.

4. While you can print on uncoated mugs, the print is not very durable. For best results coated mugs are required.

5. Due to the wider variety of products you can print onto, some experimentation is required to perfect the transfer process on non standard products.

6. Cheap T-shirt presses should ideally be avoided due to pressure limitations, uneven pressure and heat consistency issues.

 

Oki Pro7411WT

 

Oki Pro7411WT

The Pro7411WT is part of OKI’s white toner (WT) portfolio – the original printer range that offers users the ability to extend their use of A4 coloured media, clear film and transfer media in a simple easy-to-use and reliable device, ensuring colour and image integrity making it perfect for:

Personalised garment decoration

Arts, craft and design departments

Point-of-Sale displays

Education

 

Oki Pro9420WT

Oki Pro 9420WT

The Pro9420WT is part of OKI's white toner (WT) portfolio – the original printer range that offers users the ability to extend their use of A3 coloured media, clear film and transfer media in a simple easy-to-use and reliable device, ensuring colour and image integrity making it perfect for:

Personalised garment decoration

Arts, craft and design departments

Point-of-Sale displays

Window Graphics

 

 

Oki C610

Oki C610

Pro6410 NeonColor - Adding a new dimension to colour printing. Imagine having the ability to print images in-house free of limitations of the standard CMY colour spectrum. With OKI’s ground-breaking Pro6410 NeonColor printer you can print super bright fluorescent colours on almost anything.

Garment and product decoration

Personalisation

Arts, craft and design departments

Packaging and proofing

Point-of-Sale displays

Education

 

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