How we make Alumination Prints
Sublimation onto metal is a new, cutting edge way to reproduce images. Sublimation is the process of going from a solid to a gas, back to a solid, skipping the liquid state.
We first print the image onto a special transfer paper, using a state of the art Epson wide format printer. The transfer paper is adhered to a pretreated aluminum panel (or other substrates such as tile, wood, fabric or glass).
The aluminum is transfer paper are placed into a custom heat press which is heated to temperatures exceeding 350 degrees. While being subjected to extreme heat, the dyes from the transfer paper turn into a gas and are pressed into the surface of the metal and then solidify into the treated aluminum. As the dyes cool they are permanently infused beneath the surface of the aluminum sheet.