Yes, but if the artwork is on paper it needs to be converted into digital form using a scanner.
We normally use Adobe Photoshop to create images and Illustrator to create layouts, but Corel Draw and other photo editing software is equally suitable.
No, the ceramic toner utilises what is known a dual component technology. In a dual component system the images are printed from a developer unit in which the toner is carried by larger magnetic beads which hold the toner until it is attracted to a imaging drum for printing. Canon, Xerox, Konica Minolta and Ricoh all make dual component printers which can be converted for ceramic printing.
Over the last 10 years or so we have converted laser printers and photocopiers from many different manufacturers. The Canon CLC1100 became established as the standard for ceramic printing, but these photocopiers are now obsolete and well maintained used models are becoming more difficult to obtain. Ricoh printers such as the SP C430 and SP C820 models are now favoured as they are relatively quick to convert for ceramic transfer printing and have proved to be both reliable and easy to maintain.
The quality of Ricoh printers is high but the Canon CLC is better for image resolution.
Yes, if you know the basics of how to strip down a developer unit then you can do this yourself. Basically you would need to open up the developer unit, remove the standard developer and replace with a ceramic developer. Similarly, you will need to replace the toner in the cartridges with ceramic toner. We can supply developers for Ricoh printer mentioned above and the Canon CLC 1100 series.
Yes, we can provide training at our studios in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Yes, all of our converted ceramic printers can be connected to a local area network.
Probably not, we use high temperature stable ceramic pigments in a 4 colour CMYK printing system. It is not possible to produce stable cyan, magenta and yellow colours to match conventional CMYK colours. Cyan, magenta and yellow ceramic colours tend to be darker and consequently vibrant colours cannot be achieved in digital ceramic transfer printing. Bright red for example, normally achieved by mixing magenta and yellow colours is particularly difficult.
If you have a particular need for red colours then we can supply a printing system in which the magenta is replaced with red ceramic toner.
Yes, you need a ceramic waterslide transfer paper. The ceramic toners are fused to this paper. After printing the toners you will need to apply a plastic overprint layer called a covercoat. This can be applied by a screen print process or laminated.