In terms of signage, sublimation offers a totally different approach to customizing products. Common production applications revolve around either engraving or cad-cut materials. With engraving, you are limited to single-color designs and the process can be slow for large areas of coverage. Though the end-result is durable, it can be cost-prohibitive for larger applications.
Cad-cut systems rely on precision cut letters and graphics, typically in only one or two colors, which are then applied with either heat or a peel-and-stick process. The process is low-cost but can be tedious when having to deal with weeding-the process of removing unwanted pieces of material from the center area of letters like O, D, Q, A, B, P, etc. And most cad-cut materials are susceptible to damage from improper physical contact. In addition, they may start to peel off over time.
Sublimation, by comparison, is a simple but unique digital dye process used for embedding graphic images into polymer surfaces.
There are hundreds of blank items available that feature a coated surface designed specifically for sublimation. Signage products are available in wood, aluminum, slate, glass, acrylic, steel, and ceramics, and in each case, the print surface has a polymer coating. Thus you have access to enough unique products to tap into virtually any market that has profit potential.