In Pursuit of Vinyl Paper Alternatives
With regards to digital print paper, much has been said about vinyl paper over the years, and for good reason. With near-perfect color holding capability, flawlessly smooth texture, impeccable glossiness, and waterproof characteristics to boot, vinyl paper is every digital printer’s dream. The only possible problem associated with using vinyl paper is that it tends to be persnickety about heat – too hot, and your paper starts to melt, not hot enough, and images won’t hold as well. Regardless, even with this slight disadvantage, vinyl continues to reign supreme as one of the most widely sought and utilized high-end paper solutions for commercial-quality digital printing presses.
However, there’s a new kid on the block, and I have to tell you, he just might end up taking the champion’s title. Fusion Digital Paper is a relative newcomer to the printing industry, but the product they produce is starting to turn heads. Crafted to compete head to head with vinyl paper, Fusion Digital Paper is actually a form of modified polyester.
I hear what you’re thinking – oh no, not polyester! While it’s true that static buildup has been a large problem with previous polyester paper products, the folks at Fusion Digital have worked some kind of magic to keep their product uncharged. I’m not entirely sure about the process, but I know it’s effective – the sheets lay down after printing just as respectably as standard paper.
Now, best of all – Fusions Digital has conquered the heat problem associated with most forms of vinyl paper. The polyester substrate soaks heat much more efficiently and effectively than vinyl, and won’t melt or run colors if exposed to high heat for a short period of time. Fusion Digital’s product also refuses to curl like some of the thicker substrates, both of which combine to make it, in my humble opinion, a superior alternative overall to vinyl. Fusion Digital also produces a thicker rigid polyester substrate that maintains the same characteristics, as well as a lightweight satin fabric alternative.
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