Cowabunga! SAI Netcom dye-subs its way to cartoon customisation


SAI Netcom, based in Alpharetta, GA, USA, creates a colourful world of print: products featuring licensed artwork from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bob's Burgers, blankets emblazoned with images from the Hubble space telescope, speciality advertising material, customised gifts, textiles and more.

Brothers Tej and Pratt Pande use Roland's Texart RT-640 and VersaArt RS-640 dye-sublimation printers to produce this huge range of items, sold directly via SAI Netcom's website and through retailers.

Dye-sublimation is an incredibly versatile printing technology that is compatible with numerous substrates, notably textiles. SAI Netcom's three divisions produce fleece blankets, linen pillows, floor mats, beach towels, textile banners, aprons, and imprinted fabrics for T-shirts, ties and mouse mats, amongst other items.

This includes short runs and prototypes for clients requiring custom-printed goods, including personalised gifts for retail, the advertising speciality industry, and licensed artwork prototyping and fulfilment.

"Dye-sublimation lets us capture the true essence of photos or artwork on textiles, at costs far below traditional textile printing methods," says Tej. "We can operate with no minimums. In other words, we can help everyone who needs our products."

While cost-efficient, Roland Texart and VersaArt also create effective, vivid graphics, as Tej continues.

"Our prints extend over the entire surface of the product – edge to edge. Our customers really appreciate the true photorealistic quality our printers produce on products like blankets and towels.

"The impact of having quality, full colour production is massive for our customers. It's a very direct relationship: higher quality print means better sales numbers."

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