Posted October 02, 2018 11:10:55 The first commercial printing of sawgrass sublimate, an inexpensive, environmentally friendly additive for printing inks, is set to hit the market by the end of the year, with three commercial printing lines, said John Bannister, a printer specialist at the company’s North American subsidiary, sawgrass.com.
The sawgrass printing technology uses a solvent-based technology that creates a thin, uniform sheet of the material.
The printing can be done on a computer or with a power source, like a desktop printer.
The printing process can be controlled by software or hardware, but there is no way to control the ink color.
The ink can be printed at a range of different printing temperatures, Bannisters said.
“It’s like a light-weight, non-toxic ink that’s not sticky or greasy.
You can easily get it printed on any surface you want, like the back of a coffee mug, or the inside of a car,” Bannistsaid.”
There are a lot of different uses for it, but it’s a great additive for ink,” he said.
The additive has been used for inkjet printing and for the production of other applications.
“We’re not looking to sell this to anyone.
It’s a consumer product, so it’s not going to go to a print shop or a big factory,” BANNISTER said.
With a market like this, BANNISTSaid, sawdust and sawgrass have to compete with a number of other printing technologies, such as extrusion, which uses carbon fibers, or 3D printing, which has a printable polymer material, such inks.
“They’re all very competitive and there are some great technologies that we can work with,” he added.
The technology will be sold at a lower price than other inkjet printers.
“The cost of this ink is actually lower than other printing processes,” he explained.
“We think the price will come down because the technology is already in the pipeline.”
But the cost of printing, printing and the manufacturing of the ink will be prohibitively high.
The cost to print the sawgrass additive, which will be used in the next-generation printing systems, will be about $1,000 per sheet, he said, and the printer cost to produce the finished product, including a packaging process, is estimated to be about 40 cents per sheet.
“That’s about $100 a sheet for the printable plastic,” he noted.
“For the same amount of ink, you could get an inkjet printer for about the same price, so that’s a pretty significant savings,” he concluded.
“I’m confident the price is going to come down substantially,” Binnsaid said.