SUBLIMATION PRINTING

Sublimation printing is ideal for sports teams and if you would like edge-to-edge printing. We have this product is available in 2 Polyester material styles such as T-shirt and Golf shirt options. Generally sublimation printing is a long process that requires 3-6 weeks to complete. Dye-sublimation printing is a digital printing technology we use for full colour artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. This is also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel such as t-shirts.

sublimation printing t-shirt
sublimation printing
sublimation printing t-shirt

Sublimation printing is a technique that makes use of heat sensitive inks. These inks then turn into a gas under the influence of heat and are then combined with a 100% polyester substrate. Since the ink becomes part of the structure of the material, the images on the fabric does not fade or crack – even after multiple washings.  Traditional printing methods are replaced by digital printing such as sublimation printing. This is great for shorter production runs and prints that require multiple colours and photographic imagery. The digital alternatives are ideal for the personalization of prints, which is extremely popular nowadays.

 

In sublimation printing the unique sublimation dyes are transferred to the sheets of “transfer” paper. Then via liquid gel ink goes through a piezoelectric print head. The ink is then deposited on these high-release inkjet papers. These are then used for the next step of the sublimation printing process. Now the digital design is printed onto the sublimation transfer sheets and it is placed on a heat press along with the substrate to be sublimated.

OTHER USES OF SUBLIMATION PRINTING?

Previously it was only industrial or high-end commercial printers that made use of dye-sub printing. Dye-sub photo printing has been used in many related applications. But nowadays, it is extremely popular in Sports wear.

The dye-sublimation printing process is used to print on polyester or other synthetic fabrics. It is used for applications such as T-shirts as well as banners, table covers and flags.

Advantages of dye-sublimation over other methods of textile printing.

  • The images will not peel or fade as they are permanent.
  • Dyes do not build up on the fabric either.
  • Colors can be extraordinarily brilliant because of the bonding of the dye to the fabric.
  • Truly continuous tones can be achieved that are equivalent to photographs.
  • The image can be printed all over the entire item, with no difficulty in printing all the way to the edges.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: DYE SUBLIMATION T SHIRT PRINTING

Q. What is Sublimation Printing?

A. Dye sublimation printing on t shirts is most definitely trending right now. People seem to like the idea that you can print all over the shirt. Even though you can print all over the shirt, there are certain limitations to keep in mind such as the long turn around time and precise template planning.

Q. Why is there no raised area or texture from the printing?

A. With dye sublimation the sublimation inks directly degas into the shirt. In other words, they dye the shirt. They are not printed on top, so there is no raise or feel from the ink.

Q. What fabrics work best with sublimation?

A. Sublimation works best on polyester fabric.

Q. Sublimation on Cotton?

A. NO! Never, cotton is a natural fiber and will not sublimate.

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