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Old February 14th, 2009 Feb 14, 2009 6:16:40 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Imprinting on melamine plates

Have you ever imprinted on melamine plates. I see them all over the gift shows & online. Melamine is supposed to be a poly base, so I think it may be doable. Any help would be appreciated. (Check out www.preppyplates.com for an example.) Thank you,
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Decorating melamine is an in-mold process. See Halsey Inc - Buy Direct and Save! School Compartment Trays, Plates, Cups, Bowls. They are a wholesaler for the finished product.
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

I am told that none of the molding companies do it individually ie-1 plate at a time. Why couldn't it be done with sublimation if the plastic was like the plastic mugs, etc.? If it's doable, it would be a great new item at for conde, johnston, etc.
 
 
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Yes, this company does 1-ups. See Halsey Inc - Custom Photo Plate - Photo Plate, Picture Plate, Logo Plate. They offer wholesale pricing as well as drop shipping.
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Thank you for the heads up. They are major producers of heavy duty plates. Hal gave me a distributor who I am contacting today. He said sublimation is not a safe process for plates that are eaten off of.
 
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

I just talked to my rep at Conde and he said he would bring the melamine plates up with his product manager, so cross your fingers!
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Hi Deb,

Thanks for your efforts. I have spoken to Conde, etc.... numerous times. They say it sounds interesting, but no dice. Maybe your are the magic. Let's hope.

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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Makit.com offers a re-seller program where you can upload a design in JPG format and then they print it on the plate for you. The prices are reasonable and you can be sure that it is safe to eat from.
 
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

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He said sublimation is not a safe process for plates that are eaten off of.
That seems like an odd statement since people drink from the ceramic and plastic mugs all the time and come in contact with the printed surface. Did they say why a plate is different in that respect?
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That seems like an odd statement since people drink from the ceramic and plastic mugs all the time and come in contact with the printed surface. Did they say why a plate is different in that respect?
Probably due to the polymer coating being scraped away by knives and forks.
 
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Probably due to the polymer coating being scraped away by knives and forks.
But I guess it would be alright if you didin't use a knife or fork. LOL!

I'm sorry, I couldn't resist that one....
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

I too am searching for this product to sale. I was told sublimation is not safe for eating as well. I really need a quick, reliable source for individual orders.
 
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

I was told the nature of sublimation is that it can travel when heated. My question is; How is everyone else on the internet doing it?
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

hey guys, I just signed up on here to find out more about prints on melamine. There is virtually nothing on the internet. It sounds like Sublimation is not safe to eat off of. Let's keep this thread alive. Can everyone bring their updates to the dinner table? thx, Aaron
 
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Default Re: Imprinting on melamine plates

Has anyone got anywhere on this subject. I see it all over the place at shows and have two large customers of ours wanting us to be able to make personalized plates for them, but I have not made any headway on trying to find our how they are made other than taking a plate putting a design sheet on it and apply additional liquid melamine on it and curing. That seems labor intensive and a process that would be tough to get consistent quality and finish.

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