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How does Sublimation Transfer Printing Work?

As we all known, sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turns into a gas without going through a liquid stage. However, what about sublimation transfer printing? Do you know how does it work?

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What is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing, also known as dye sublimation printing, is a popular printing method for transferring images onto suitable materials. Typical printing methods involve a step with water, where the solid turns to water before a gaseous state. Sublimation printing does not involve the liquid step but goes right from solid to gas due to a chemical reaction (like dry ice).

sublimation printing How does sublimation transfer printing work?

This typically involves the use of a digital printer to produce images on sublimation transfer paper with sublimation ink. The sublimation paper is then placed into a heat press with the material and exposed to high temperatures of about 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. This is when the ink and transfer material turn from solid to gas. Once they are in a gas state, they permeate the fibers of the material.

When the heat is removed from the transfer paper and substrate, the ink that has permeated the fibers solidifies and is locked permanently into place by the transfer material. Not only does the heat release the gas from the sublimation ink, but it opens the pores of the material you are transferring the image to. Once the pressure and heat are released, the sublimation ink returns to its solid state and the fabric pores close, trapping the ink inside.

digital sublimation printingWith the digital sublimation printing, the ink becomes part of the fabric as opposed to a layer on top of it. The resulting transfer lasts much longer than heat transfer paper results.

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Why does People Prefer Dye Sublimation Printing?

Dye sublimation printing is a popular method for printing high-quality images onto a variety of fabrics and items as the display features no resolution loss when comparing to the original image. With an image as clear as the source, a product made using the sublimation process will sustain its quality throughout the years. And today’s article will introduce why does people prefer dye sublimation printing.

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1. Digital sublimation printing is one of the very few methods you can print full colored images onto hard surfaces.
2. It has a relatively low learning curve compared with screen printing.
3. Almost unlimited colors to choose from. Thousands of colors can be produced with sublimation (even if you choose a 4 color printer). And it doesn’t cost extra to add additional colors to your design.
4. Same cost to print one item or 1000 items. So no need for minimum orders, and perfect for 1-up items and promotional items for small businesses, schools, charities, sports teams, parties, reunions, and many more!
5. Complete customization! The advantage of digital sublimation printing is that no plates are required, so it is ideal for customizing designs with changing elements such as names, numbers, etc.
6. Sublimation is quick and easy to produce, allowing for same day or same hour printing, as well as on demand printing that reduces risk and wastage.

sublimation transfer printing Additionally, the sublimation transfer printing is eco-friendly. Compared with screen printing which uses large amounts of water, dye sublimation printing uses none. Because the process turns the solid directly to a gas, there is absolutely no need for water. Secondly, the ink that sublimation printing uses are completely safe. They don’t pose health risks to the people who handle them, nor any harm to the environment. And dye sublimation paper can be used as materials for other crafts. They work well as stationery or gift wrappers. So, there is very little waste and sublimation transfer paper and tissue paper are always recycled.

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How To Test The Sample of Dye Sublimation Paper?

Do you know how to test the sample of dye sublimation paper? Today we are going to share a post about this question.

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1.Test Reports
Check the test reports which are given by your supplier. The testing reports are made in the original lab by the researching people, it contains every vital factor of the sublimation transfer paper, and all the dates are authoritative and credible.

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2. Check the appearance of the paper when you receive the sample
A.Smoothness: Smoothness could be identified easily by looking at the surface of the dye sublimation paper. With a good quality sublimation paper, the printing surface is very smooth. Because if the printing surface is too rough (sometimes we could see small particles on the surface in a bad paper), it will scratch the high-precision piezo print head and hurt it very badly.

B.Impurity : Check if there are many small dots on the paper. When you are transferring pure color(only one color) , the dots will influence the transfer result seriously.

sublimation transfer paper3. Test the paper with your equipment
A.Drying Time: When you are printing the paper, you could test the drying time. A quick-dry paper will improve your working efficiency a lot.
Our fast dry sublimation printing paper will dry in 40-50 seconds, sticky paper in 3 minutes under the normal printing condition.

B.Transfer efficiency : This is the MOST IMPORTANT. The transfer efficiency is ,First how much ink the paper could deliver to the textile during the transfer process, Second, the color restoration. According to our test, our transfer efficiency is 96%.

digital sublimation printingC.The final testing result is related with your printer and ink, when you are firstly test the dye sublimation paper and the result doesn’t come very ideal, you’d better adjust your printing and transfer setting based on the sample. An new ICC file will be very useful for reaching the best result.

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