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By ammann-drew ·
Anyone have a quick answer to the difference between dye sublimation, micro piezo, and bubblejet printing? I am trying to make a purchase decision and thought maybe someone could give me the basic difference on these printing methods.

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Dye sublimation is similar to the process used to make photographic prints.
The dyes for the different colors actually bond with the paper.

If you plan to print photographs and other images, dye sublimation will provide the longest lasting colorimages.

Micro Piezo is sort of a cross between laser and bubble printing.
Instead of just shooting the ink at the paper as an inkjet does, the piezo acts like the fuser in a laser printer, and initiates the chemical reaction that cures the adhesives in the ink.

Bubble jet printing relies on the absorbancy of the paper and shoots dots of liquid ink onto the paper.
The ink cures by evaporating the solvent from the ink.

Nearly ALL bubble jet prints will run (bleed) when they get damp.
(one exception is the now obsolete Canon 7000 series)

Dye sublimation will have the highest cost per print.

The decision depends on your budget and application.

Chas

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Difference between printe ...

my 2 cents:
dye-sub is most DURABLE but not necessarily most lightfast (varies from brand to brand) so a good question to ask is 'how lightfast will the images be'? along with 'per page price'...other advantage of dye-sub is that you can get excellent result using wider variety of papers...
dye sub has best 'color gamut' which is why gives most photo-like results...
with inkjet/bubblejet printers you can get astounding photos from CERTAIN printers with the RIGHT drivers and the right paper (i vote epson for photo printers and i am hp devotee).
the other thing to look for in inkjet/bubblejet as you probably know is see if you can get separate cartridges for at least the black and preferably all (canon is great for this) so you won't waste the yellow and the blue when the red runs out...)

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