Sublimating customize your Polyester, Nylon or blend fabrics with any artwork or photo you can imagine and create. Brain is the unlimit.
Digital Sublimation printing transfers an image onto syntactic material based fabric using dye-sub inks and a special transfer paper. With the right temperature, pressure and time, the ink is transferred onto the fabric permanently. Dye-sublimation is the most environmentally friendly, sustainable process possible in garment and textile printing. Compared to the multiple screens needed to screen print a design, sublimation can do millions of colors that are vibrant and the design will never crack, peel or fade.
In sublimation printing, unique sublimation dyes are transferred to sheets of “transfer” paper via liquid gel ink. The sublimation ink is deposited on these high-release inkjet papers, which are used for the next step of the sublimation printing process. After the digital design is printed onto sublimation transfer sheets, it is placed on a heat press along with the substrate to be sublimated.
In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperate and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the substrate, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the substrate. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. However, a range of 380 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit is normally used for optimal color.
The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions. Digital Sublimation printing does not work on natural fiber fabrics. It is only suited for synthetic materials and works best with Polyester or Nylon.