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Can any laser printer be used for sublimation?

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    I am looking to invest in some kit for laser sublimation printing. The department currently has an A3 laser printer on a loan deal where all the inks are included with the price. Can any laser printer be used for sublimation printing? All the info I could find states that the ink is just regular ink, only the fusers have been modified - and I am not sure if this is just sales speak to get you to buy the extra kit. Does anybody currently use a regular laser for sublimation and does it work well?
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    I have never known a laser printer use sublimation inks its normally an inkjet printer for sublimation and lasers normally use special transfer paper............... but i may be wrong. If i am i will post another comment when i have made a few enquiries for you.

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    I have also only ever seen inkjet printers used for sublimation.  We had one that died on us, when we bought a new one we purchassed a standard inkjet printer from Amazon and a bulk ink feed which you can fill with sublimation inks.
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    we use Laser Image Transfer from Techsoft in textiles and it's a specofic printer, the result are ok but i do love my ricoh dye sub printer.

    however lazertran

    http://www.on-linepaper.co.uk/lazertran-inkjet-waterslide-decal-and-silk-image-transfer-papers

    do a huge range of papers some of which appear to be designed for laser printers, however I would check for specific printer lists as they can run at different temperatures and so are not suitable for all printers

    Good luck

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    Thanks for the replies. Having delved deeper, it seems inkjet sublimation gets far superior results to laser transfer, so i'll try the adapting a cheap inket approach. Cheers everybody.
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    I am looking to invest in some kit for laser sublimation printing. The department currently has an A3 laser epson replacement ink cartridge from InkJetSuperStore.com on a loan deal where all the inks are included with the price. Can any laser printer be used for sublimation printing? All the info I could find states that the ink is just regular ink, only the fusers have been modified - and I am not sure if this is just sales speak to get you to buy the extra kit. Does anybody currently use a regular laser for sublimation and does it work well?

     

    That is a good investment. But before plunging in to that kind of business, do a bit of a research if your money is worth the risk. I have heard good things about such business but take cautions before anything else. And go for Epson printer products Big Smile

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