The Differences Between Sublimation And Heat Transfer

Posted on 2020-09-25 18:16:12


The Differences Between Sublimation And Heat Transfer


Sublimation is a process in which the water-based sublimation ink on the paper is printed by means of heat to the fabric or article, going from a solid state to a gaseous state. In other words, at the microscopic level it is like painting the shirt or item to be sublimated with a spray.


Sublimation is basically going from a solid state to a gas without going through the liquid state. In this way you can print on an infinite number of materials.


One of the big differences between sublimation and transfer is that sublimation must be printed with synthetic polymer inks on a surface that has been enameled or has a polymer surface. (example a mugs or sublimation well) these have a layer that we cannot see, a layer of paint or transparent synthetic polymer ink in which the well has been previously bathed. That is why we cannot sublimate an item that is not sublimation. So if you are going to sublimate, remember that the item that you are going to sublimate as a bowl, puzzle, t-shirt, etc, must be special for sublimation.


The transfer works in a different way, this is not a polymer ink, in this case it is a thin vinyl to which an image is printed, then we take this vinyl paper and stick it to the shirt or article. The transfer process is much easier than sublimation. The biggest difference is that the transfer is exclusive for fabrics. To make it clearer, it is not possible to transfer on mugs, glass, metal surfaces among others.


As you can see, the transfer is focused on textile printing and does not offer other advantages that sublimation can offer you.


On the other hand, if what you want is to print on textiles in a fast and personalized way, the transfer is undoubtedly the best option.


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