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I am the President/CEO and Owner of Fabric Images, Inc. We currently have 3 locations; Corporate HQ in Elgin, IL USA, our 2nd Mfg facility in Mexico City, Mexico, and our 3rd Mfg facility in Gossolengo, Italy.
My passion to work with textiles and pioneer new applications for this material has been demonstrated … Read More
I am the President/CEO and Owner of Fabric Images, Inc. We currently have 3 locations; Corporate HQ in Elgin, IL USA, our 2nd Mfg facility in Mexico City, Mexico, and our 3rd Mfg facility in Gossolengo, Italy.
My passion to work with textiles and pioneer new applications for this material has been demonstrated in the variety of projects that we have had the privilege to work on. As a result, we have developed talk tracks for architects, interior designers, designers and brand marketers around the subject of DYB - Dressing Your Brand, Taction - The Art of Touch, Why Fabric in Architecture. Based on fashion trends and the utilization of layering and patterning techniques, we are inspired to take those concepts and realize them in 3 dimensional environments that do more than just look pretty .... they communicate and bring to life your brand. Read Less
  • President/CEO/Owner
    Fabric Images, Inc. — 325 Corporate Dr, IL 60123
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In early 2000 I started researching the possibility of doing 10' wide dye sublimation. All the print manufacture that I know said that it was not possible, that head technology would allow it, that the market potential was not there, and a few more reasons why not. That did not stop me. After some extensive res… Read More
In early 2000 I started researching the possibility of doing 10' wide dye sublimation. All the print manufacture that I know said that it was not possible, that head technology would allow it, that the market potential was not there, and a few more reasons why not. That did not stop me. After some extensive research, I found a Heat Press Mfg in Italy by the name of Monti Antonio and approached them about building a 10' wide transfer press. At this point they had never built a transfer press at that size, but agreed to review the project. After a few months they agreed to build me a transfer press. Six months later and $150,000 poorer, we had part 1 of the hardware, not we needed a printer. During my research I was put into contact with an ink mfg in Hauppauge, NY by the name of Hilord Chemical Corp. I travel out to their location and met with Dan Slep and Donald Balbinder - CEO and Owner of Hilord Chemical Corp, to discuss the possibility of developing a dye sublimation ink that jet through an existing grand format printer. Much to my surprise they said ... No problem, we have the ink already developed. Armed with this information and the first 10' wide transfer press crossing the Atlantic Ocean on it's way to Elgin, IL, I approach the NUR company in San Antonio, TX. After several meetings with their Worldwide Business Development Manager, Alon Avnon, NUR Macroprinters decided to the necessary development work to produce the first 10' wide dye sublimation printer. After several months of testing on a smaller version of the machine, the engineers from NUR Israel decided that they had done enough testing and it was now time to develop the alpha machine. The printer was shipped from San Antonio, TX and arrived in Mid-August to our facility in Elgin. On September 6, 2001 2 engineers from Israel arrived in our facility to begin making the necessary modification to the NUR Grand Format Printer. After a few days trials, the afternoon of September 11, 2001 we printed our first 10' wide dye sublimation prints direct onto a 10' wide polyester fabric called Celtic. Printing direct to fabric had many issues that we attempted to solve, but quickly figured out that we now needed to develop a transfer paper if we going to be able to use this print technology. We had not given up on the idea of printing direct to fabric and explored various of coating methods that could potentially give us the results that we were looking for. At the same time, we began the quest to find a paper manufacture that had the capability to develop a transfer paper at 10', and we found Boise Cascade. After a 2 months of testing, we finally locked down on a coating that would deliver the quality that we were looking for. This now completed the equation. December of 2001 we finally had a product that was commercially ready and we announced the first 10' wide dye sublimation print process in the world. Fabric Images was now the first and only 10' wide printer of dye sublimation prints in the world ..... Wow.
There are many sub-chapters to this story, but this it in a nut shell. Read Less
Well, here we go again. Now it's 16' wide dye sublimation. After over 1 yr in the development, I have just signed off on a fabric that will allow us to do 16' dye sublimation. This time we are using paper. Just like in the beginning with 10' wide dye sublimation, the paper has been the issue and this time we did n… Read More
Well, here we go again. Now it's 16' wide dye sublimation. After over 1 yr in the development, I have just signed off on a fabric that will allow us to do 16' dye sublimation. This time we are using paper. Just like in the beginning with 10' wide dye sublimation, the paper has been the issue and this time we did not have to over come it. We have a fabric that we can print direct to that gives us all of the same qualities and results that the 10' wide transfer process does. People are going to love the quality and the color .... it's awesome. Read Less
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