Custom Printing on Game Table Tops
Every wonder how casinos are able to imprint their logos and pictures
on the various gaming tables? Or have you every been at a friends
house who has a custom blackjack table top imprinted with his favorite
band or sports team? Often times these vivid graphics are done using
Dye-sublimation is the process of transferring images onto polyester
materials. It's a two step process - specially formulated "sublimation
inks" are first transferred to regular paper using a computer
and a RIP software package. The paper is then taken to a heat transfer
press which uses heat (usually around 400F) to transfer the image
from the paper to the substrate. When printing onto blackjack or
poker table tops the substrate would be the polyester fabric felt.
The process is called sublimation because the inks are converted
to directly to gas and are chemically bonded with the fabric felt.
Dye-sublimation can produce durable images that are well suited
for the stress that gaming tables typically undergo from all the
hand traffic. And since the ink deeply penetrates the felt, it does
not alter the feel of the felt and is smooth to touch. The process
is ideal for short-run customized orders. It is currently used extensively
for printing customized Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Hockey
uniforms as well as Cyclewear, Leotards, Promotional T-shirts, etc
As with any approach there are some challenges to keep in mind.
First off, dye sublimation does not work well on
dark substrates - lighter color felt typically produces better results.
Also the substrate should contain a mix of polyester in order for
the sublimation inks to properly bond to the fabric.
More information on the sublimation process is available in our
total solution sublimation FAQ
section. We sell a variety of sublimation products including
sawgrass sublimation inks,
AIT Heat Transfer Presses,
Sublimation roll paper, and large
format inkjet printers.