Sublimation printing uses ink or dye to transfer or “sublimate” artwork into a material down to a depth in which the ink and substrate essentially become one and the same. Sometimes referred to “dye-sublimation printing,” this process has many unique elements , when using sublimation for professional application , there are three critical considerations to keep in mind.
1.Sublimation Printing is Not Limited to Flat Fabric.
T-shirts tend to be the product most commonly associated with sublimation printing. However, a variety of other products—such as light shades, upholstery, accessories, tile and even glass—can all be sublimated. 2.Sublimation Printing Requires a Special Printer
It’s a two-part process on dye-sublimation printer. We print graphics onto the special sublimation “transfer paper” using sublimation inks, or dyes. We then use a heat press to transfer the ink into the substrate. The heat press is the critical piece of equipment used in achieving the sublimation print.
3.Not All Heat Presses Are the Same
Four different types of heat presses that can be used, based on the look and material desired.
3D Vacuum Heat Press: This is great for smart phone accessories, ceramics, and similar items.
Flatbed Heat Press: Ideal for flatter, sturdier materials, such as aluminum and floor mats.
Calendar Heat Press: used for physically large products, such as flags and outdoor signage.
Small Format Heat Press: Probably the most common of heat presses, as it sounds, by being the go-to heat press for t-shirts, coffee mugs and smaller executions of sublimation printing.
Printing materials and dye inks, along with specified printers and heat presses, all play an important role in achieving the perfect sublimation printing. Learn more about sublimation printing at Fedar, please contact us to help make your next project a success.