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Sawgrass Technologies Launches ChromaBlast™ System for Cotton Decorating

 Digital Color Imaging System combines patented inks with software and media for vibrant images that transfer to cotton fabrics

 CHARLESTON, SC, July 20, 2006 – Continuing to bring cutting-edge, digital printing technologies to the global market, Sawgrass Technologies, Inc. announced today the launch of the ChromaBlast™ extreme digital color imaging system.  Through its patented ink and media, and driver software, the ChromaBlast System creates customized images on cotton with a softer hand, superior washability, and Sawgrass’ signature vibrant colors. 

The key to the ChromaBlast Digital Color Imaging System is the chemical bonding between the ink and the coating on the media. Where the ink chemistry and the media coating chemistry touch, there is a cross-link reaction under heat and pressure that chemically bonds the image to the cotton. The cross-link creates a very strong and nearly permanent bond. Remove the paper and the image area is tattooed into the shirt itself. The overprint area from the media does physically transfer, but washes away because it has no ink to react to in the non-image area. The area around the image has a very light feel that becomes nearly imperceptible after one wash.

“The ChromaBlast system is a prime example of our goal at Sawgrass to continue to deliver innovative products to the entire marketplace.  With a low cost of entry, the ChromaBlast system allows businesses of all sizes to enter the continually expanding cotton decorating market,” said Nathan Hale, CEO of Sawgrass.

The ChromaBlast system is currently configured for three printer models: the Epson C88, R1800, and 4800.  It runs from a standard PC and utilizes off the shelf graphics software to create instant personalized images.  Because the system is driven by the ChromaBlast driver software, users are able to control their color and quality output.   

The ChromaBlast system is now available for purchase through an authorized network of distributors.  Sawgrass will be showcasing the system at the National Business Media show in Long Beach, CA (July 20-22).  For more information, call 888-253-1725 or email info@sawgrassink.com.

About Sawgrass Technologies, Inc.

Sawgrass Technologies is the industry leader in the development of state-of-the-art digital printing technologies. Mass customization becomes a reality through platform-proven solutions provided by Sawgrass Technologies. The Sawgrass family of brands, including ChromaBlast™ NaturaLink™, SubliJet, and ArTainium, enable customers to harness the power of digital printing and leave their mark by enhancing and simplifying their ability to create, manage and deliver visually rich products. For more information, visit www.sawgrassink.com.

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