Roland Experiences a HeatWave

System consists of VersaCAMM, transfer paper, and sublimation inks

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Roland has introduced a complete sublimation system"?HeatWave. The system consists of a Roland VersaCAMM SP-300 30-in. 4-color printer/cutter (with Roland COLORIP and print profiles), HeatWave Transfer Paper, and HeatWave Sublimation Inks. The RIP allows users to nest images to reduce media waste and sheet-cut the images for easy application.

The inkjet VersaCamm SP will print up to 1440 dpi at speeds of up to 63 sq ft/hr (at 360 x 720 dpi). Roland claims its sublimation inks offer clog-free printing and an expanded color gamut. The inks were developed by Sawgrass Technologies for the Roland VersaCamm printer.

The workflow is straightforward: Print an image on the sublimation transfer paper, using the HeatWave sublimation inks; place the printed image on top of any sublimation-ready surface (from surfboard to tiles); place both into a heat press, and at 400"? the graphic turns into a gas and permanently colors the surface.

The complete system sells for $13,995; HeatWave 220-ml ink cartridges are $149.95 and a 30-in. x 150- ft roll of HeatWave transfer paper sells for $89.95. (Roland DGA:

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