Fabric Graphics Transfer Machine used to heat transfer fabric produced by ICL Imaging, Large Format Printers near Boston, MA

Fabric Graphic Specs for use in Large Format Dye Sublimation Printing

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Here’s material proof that big dynamic graphics can be lightweight and easy to handle. ICL’s fabric banners are printed with a vivid long-lasting dye-sublimation process on a wide variety of poly and mesh fabrics in virtually any size the installation requires. ICL even offers fade-resistant seamless fabric up to 16 feet wide for maximum impact.

M&L Fabric Backdrop reference Fabric Graphic Specs
M&L Fabric Backdrop

Yet even with the toughest materials in use, some prints can fade over time, giving the promotional materials an old and unsightly appearance.  We can dye-sub print up to 10 feet seamless fabric.

Why the Colors of Signs Fade

The phenomena of dyes fading in signs is called photodegradation. All dyes contain light-absorbing color bodies called chromophores; it is through these chromophores that we perceive colors as they are. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, however, can break down the chemical bonds of these chromophores. The result of this photodegradation is a bleach-like effect that fades or alters the color of an object.

Preventing Fading

There are several ways to prevent color fading in signs, and they mostly involve limiting exposure to the sun. Businesses can opt to install awnings over their display windows in order to limit the amount of sunlight that enters their establishment. There are also window films that storeowners can use which can block out UV rays while allowing customers to see through the windows. Such solutions, however, can only protect signs that are located within the store; outdoor signs will still be subjected to the full brunt of UV exposure.

Wally's Clubhouse Fabric Banner for Fabric Graphic Specs printed by ICL Imaging
Wally’s Clubhouse Fabric Banner for Fabric Graphic Specs printed by ICL Imaging

Fortunately for businesses that rely on fade-resistant signage, ICL Imaging offers fade-resistant fabric banners that are printed through a proprietary technique. With a dye-sublimation process, we can create promotional graphics that last even longer than direct print advertisements. Coupled with high-quality materials and secure hanging options, the fabric signs and graphics we print are made to last.

Using Fabrics for Signage

When it comes to signage, fabric might not exactly be the first material that comes to mind; however, it makes for an ideal sign, all things considered. Fabric signage can take the form of banners and flags, but even awnings and clothing can be printed similarly with graphics. ICL Imaging is capable of printing whatever graphics you need on the fabric of your choice.

Primo Medical Halo Fabric to explain Fabric Graphic Specs
Primo Medical Halo Fabric to explain Fabric Graphic Specs

If you need quality fabric banners in Massachusetts that will resist fading, we are the team you will want to see. Our dye-sublimation process is also perfectly compatible with fabrics, for a long-lasting graphic.

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Easy hanging options include grommets or stitched pole pockets. We also offer Aluminum extrusion fabric frame systems. For a graphic that resists fading, you should choose ICL Imaging’s quality fabric graphics.

Curved Fabric Tower reference Fabric Graphic Specs by ICL Imaging
Curved Fabric Tower reference Fabric Graphic Specs by ICL Imaging

See our Fabric Graphic Specs below for helpful decision making.

MATERIALAPPLICATIONMAX PRINT WIDTHOUTPUTWEIGHTDESCRIPTIONNFPA
AIT FRAME FABRICCorporate interiors, Backlit graphics, Tradeshows102 InchesDYE – SUB8.4 ozSmooth waterproof and washable fabric.FR
CELTIC CLOTH 4417Banners, Backdrops, Tradeshows, Tension Fabric Structures120 InchesDYE – SUB5.1 ozWrinkle resistant and 100% polyester. Compatible with dye sublimation UV and latex printing701
DACRON 250Used for outdoor banners, Flags and Wall Graphics58 InchesDYE – SUB4 ozMatte surface, excellent durabilityFR
FIRESAFEBanners, Table covers, Tradeshows65 InchesDYE – SUB5.5 ozWoven texturized yarn fabric that is 100% polyester.FR
FLASH 335Retail exhibits/displays and fine art reproduction projects120 InchesDIRECT PRINT9.9 ozUnique weave and textured finish. Provides a canvas appearance.M1
GAMING SUEDEGaming Tables130 InchesDYE – SUB7 ozBrushed tricot knit fabric that is 100% polyester. Stain resistant701
HEAVY KNIT 4480Tradeshow and Event banners, Tension Fabric Structures120 InchesDYE – SUB9.5 ozWrinkle resistant and moderately opaque makes it one of our most popular products701
NIGHT DROP OPAQUEExhibits/displays, Store front, Drapery applications122 InchesDIRECT PRINT9.4 oz100% Opaque textile with a unique “flocked” finishM1
PES 240 ULTRA POPLINTrade show graphics, Event Back-drops122 InchesDIRECT PRINT7.1 oz100% polyester with digital coating on one side. Poplin texture has a slight stretch. Wrinkle free.FR
POLY DUCK 600Roll-ups, Tradeshows, Outdoor banners70 InchesDYE – SUB7.1 ozA rugged canvas look with matte finishFR
POLY KNIT 60Banners, Flags and outdoors. Can add texture to wall murals118 InchesDYE – SUB5.6 ozA texture durable material with a semi gloss finish701
POPLIN BLOCK-OUTBlockout, Double sided, Events and Tradeshows120 InchesDYE – SUB8.4 ozTightly woven. The black layer of fabric in the middle makes it completely opaque.701
POWER STRETCH 4607Backdrops, Table covers, Tradeshows120 InchesDYE – SUB8.8 ozFabric is equal stretch in both directions. Excellent wrinkle resistance.701
SATIN 242Indoor signs and POP56 InchesDYE – SUB3 ozA smooth woven satin with a high sheenFR
SHEER WHITE 4853Double-sided Trade Show Banners118 InchesDYE – SUB1.3 ozWarp knit fabric with image visible from either side701
TRI-POPLIN White White #8864Apparel block-out, Double-sided,118 InchesDYE – SUB7.5 oz3 layered tightly woven fabric with exceptional print quality and opacity. Wrinkle resistant701
ULTRA SHEER 9000Feminine Apparel and Cosmetic Banners58 InchesDYE – SUB1.5 ozA textured sheer with a transparent lookFR
WATERFALL 5351Use for back lit banners, Pop-ups, Tradeshows and Outdoors123 InchesDYE – SUB7.5 ozWoven filament yarn that is waterproof701