So i was really happy when MauiCanvasPrint company owner Ian Haywood was up for submitting to an interview, to help us all understand the finer points of printing digital artwork on aluminum.
I met Ian one afternoon recently, and he gave me a tour of his very cool combo printshop / local art gallery, located inside of the main old Pauwela Cannery building.
Ian's company specifically invested in a new Epson 7890 printer specially devoted to printing on aluminum. In addition to their existing Epson Stylus Pro 11880 for paper and canvas printing
I have heard of people trying to run a piece of aluminum through an ink jet printer at home. We actually had an article here that discussed that experimental do-it-yourself approach previously.
Involving first printing a reversed image print onto a sublimation dye transfer sheet.
And then using a heat and pressure transfer process to transfer the inverted printed image from the printed sublimation dye transfer sheet onto the actual piece of aluminum.
Where the reversed transfer sheet print image then becomes the original orientation final artwork dye based print image on the aluminum backing surface of that completed metal print.