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What is dye sublimation?

posted on 2018-05-28 10:43:44

In simple terms, it is a printing method that transfers a design to a material or fabric using sub-ink and heat press.

In the world of clothing, change the rules of the game, as it allows prints of complete garments, designs that go from sewing to sewing.

So, how does it work? Well, sublimation printing uses heat to essentially bond the sublimation ink and the polyester-based fabric.

First, a design is printed on special paper coated by sublimation. The inks that are used become gas when they are placed under heat, then they are combined with the fabric and printed permanently on the fabric. The effects are permanent and less prone to discoloration, since the ink is embedded in the fabric or the substrate instead of simply being on top as a normal print.

The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of your skin, it is for your chosen product. The heat opens the pores of the fabric, then, with the applied pressure, the ink cools and returns to its solid form.

The result is a full-color permanent image that will not crack, peel or wash off the substrate, the process allows the ink to go from being a solid to a gas without becoming liquid, a bit like dry ice, the conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure.

This fast and efficient digital printing method is growing in popularity for smaller lot orders and those designs that depend on the details. The process is also known as "general printing" because it allows you to choose a design that can literally go from one seam to another.

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