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Why do we need to print onto polyester with dye sublimation printing

   posted on 2017-05-15 11:03:03

  Without a doubt, dye sublimation printing is one of the most effective methods for creating a whole

range of customized and personalized products on-demand. This means you can deliver an almost

limitless variety of creative and profitable applications, that will enable you to extend your range of

services to your existing clients, or indeed open up a spectrum of new markets to you. With inkjet

dye sublimation printing, you can print onto a vast range of fabrics and coated surfaces in many

widths and lengths, including stretchy sports fabrics and heavy canvas.

   So why do we need to print onto polyester with dye sublimation printing? Polyester is a plastic,

so when enough heat is applied, it begins to melt, allowing the pores to open up. When heated,

the dye sublimation inks change from a solid to gas, and this gas can then enter into the open

pores. This means that it is possible for the ink to be transferred to the polyester fabric or the

polyester coated hard surface. This is not possible for materials such as cotton, paper, wood

or wool which scorch and burn when exposed to temperatures required to activate dye sublimation

inks (typically 180-200°C ). But don’t worry, you are not going to be limited to just 100% polyester

fabrics. As we have already mentioned, there are many products and materials which are coated

with polyester, and they look stunning when printed. The opportunities are extended further throught

the availability of polyester sprays, allowing you to coat products yourself. 

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