Understanding HD metal prints: Direct UV vs. Dye Sublimation
Allow us to explain why direct printing on aluminum composite panels (like Alu Dibond) is not the same as Dye Sublimated ChromaLuxe HD metal prints:
DIRECT UV PRINT vs DYE SUBLIMATION PRINT
DIRECT UV PRINTS:
Direct print on aluminum composite panels (Dibond) uses an inkjet printer that prints UV-curable ink directly onto the white coating of the 3 mm thick composite panel. As you can see in the image below, the ink is on top of the material (and sensitive for fingerprints, humidity and scratches).
DYE SUBLIMATION PRINTS:
Dye sublimation print infuses water-based inks into the white top coating of the 1.22mm ChromaLuxe aluminum panels. As you can see in the image below, the ink is infused into the material (so prints are not sensitive for humidity, impervious to fluctuations in temperature and they resist fingerprints and grease).
ChromaLuxe HD Metal prints are made out of 1 piece of aluminum with a thin top layer that embeds the inks.
You can make a professional, smooth cut before or after the sublimation process, that will give your final product a luxurious finish. The 1.2mm thin panel is lightweight and robust – even in over sized formats.