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5 Pitfalls That Can Doom a Sublimation Business
By Kevin Lumberg
Over time, we have seen lots of people whether at trade shows, or our normal course of business. They get excited about sublimation, for good reason, and they purchase all of the equipment. Whether planning a start up business, or adding sublimation to an existing business, the sad thing is that some people are not successful with it. Like anything in life, we may not all be successful with everything we attempt. There are some things to be aware of, and on the bright side, if you can avoid a few pitfalls, you have every chance in the world to be successful with sublimation. The world is full of those success stories.
Sublimated Cabinet Inlays
By Derek Ford
Here’s an idea for a creative product application -- Sublimated Cabinet Inlays. These are an exciting, alterative way to update most cabinet doors. Using one of three different Johnson Plastics sublimatable sheet stock materials, you can incorporate a beautiful full color image into your cabinets.
For the example, we used Unisub FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic). Unisub FRP, aluminum, and hardboard materials are all perfect for this application. The FRP and hardboard can easily be cut to size with a standard table saw. The hardboard can also be custom cut with most CO2 lasers and the aluminum can be shear cut. After cutting the material of your choice to the correct dimensions, you can create, print and sublimate any unique design or theme that you desire. Once the image is sublimated, the final step is to adhere your panel to a cabinet door or replace the existing inlayed wood panel in the door. In the example photo, 3M double sided tape was used to adhere the sublimated piece to the cabinet. However, you could also use tin tape and sheet magnets with adhesive.
Creating custom cabinet inlays with sublimation can be a great new application for a preexisting material, allowing you to create a seasonal/promotional item with added product value. This unique idea will allow you and your customers to change out the design of the inlays at any time or for any season.
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