More Knowledge about Dye sublimation transfer ink

Dye sublimation transfer ink is to make low-energy, easily sublimable disperse dyes into digital printing inks. and then print them on sublimation paper. Through high-temperature heat pressing, it can print the beautiful image in the shortest time. The materials such as porcelain, metal, silk, polyester fiber cloth, etc. are very suitable for dye sublimation. and suitable for the market needs of personalized development and the requirements of environmental protection.

dye sublimation printing process
dye sublimation printing process

Dye sublimation transfer ink is mostly formulated with disperse dyes for textiles. Because of its saturated color and good weather resistance, the textile printing industry uses it widely. and it is still one of the main raw materials in the digital textile printing industry. The traditional textile printing industry has serious environmental pollution problems in the dyeing process with dispersed pigments. So it is not suitable for small batch production.

The history of Dye sublimation transfer ink

The first-generation dye-sublimation transfer ink appeared and achieved patent by the American sawgrass company in the late 1990s. and is mainly suitable for piezoelectric printers such as Epson. Afterward, Dupont, BASF, Sensient, Ciba and other companies were aware of the huge business opportunities of this product. and soon they launched similar products. Sawgrass has a patent monopoly, leading to the high price of digital sublimation inks in the European and American markets. However, Korean ink is not under the control of this patent. so the price is relatively cheap and the quality is also very advantageous. Relatively speaking, although the domestic sublimation ink was cheap at the time, the quality wasn’t good. After years of research and development and continuous testing, the domestic dye sublimation ink has made great progress. and it has become a major exporter of dye-sublimation transfer ink in the world.

To get a good effect of transfer result, the comprehensive effect of printer, software, printing consumables, transfer conditions are required. In this regard, sawgrass company is the company that invests the most research and development funds to develop related products. The images using its supporting products and technology can reach a professional level. However, due to its high price, you currently only buy it in the European and American markets. (the market price is about 200-300USD/liter)

Sawgrass ink is the most stable and can basically meet the 2-year warranty. If compared only to the quality of the ink, domestic ink also has a great advantage now. There is basically no print head clogging phenomenon, and the warranty can reach about 1 year.

kiian dye sublimation transfer ink
Kiian dye sublimation ink

The development of dye sublimation transfer ink

Dye-sublimation ink currently popular in Chinese market are mainly Korea INKTEC and Italy KIIAN and J-teck dye-sublimation inks. and of course domestic dye-sublimation inks. In terms of price, domestic inks are relatively cheap, then Korean and Italian inks are more expensive, but quality is more guaranteed.

The development trend of dye sublimation ink application is industrialization, popularization and wide-format. But this requires higher ink. At present, the domestic dye sublimation ink market mainly tends to be applied in wide-format industrialization, so the market for thermal transfer printing is developing rapidly, growing at a rate of 30% every year.

Firstly, The general manager of Fei Yue Digital Inc. learned about the vast Chinese market information of thermal transfer inks. and we spent a lot of money to hire Italian R&D personnel to introduce core R&D technology from the local area. Now the company imports main R&D equipment, production equipment and raw materials. quietly It is China’s leading supplier of inkjet inks and total solutions for inkjet printing applications. The thermal transfer inks produced now can be comparable in quality to Korea’s INKTEC company. The most prominent one is the low-gram weight thermal transfer water-based dye ink. Let’s learn more about this product.

Low cost and high concentration dye sublimation transfer ink

application of dye sublimation printing
application sublimation printing

Application range:

  1. Printing materials are polyester cloth, nylon cloth; glass, crystal, ceramic, metal, wood, etc.
  2. Suitable for production: fabric printing (clothes, shoes, hats, curtains, tiles, bags, umbrellas, clothing accessories, ribbons). making personalized water cups, tableware, water bottles, pencil cases, personalized photo albums, etc.
  3. Product description:
    High concentration thermal transfer ink. It is to print the thermal transfer ink on low-gram weight sublimation paper, and then heat transfer to the medium at high temperature. The thickness of the thermal transfer paper is 45-55 grams. and it is cost-effective by reducing the thickness of the thermal transfer paper and the transfer voltage.

Applicable models:

Suitable for Epson DX5/DX7/ 4720/ i3200 print heads etc.


  1. Printed on the media, the colors are bright and saturated, the color reproduction is good, and the color gamut is wide.
  2. Good fluency, no plugging. Save maintenance costs.
  3. Resistance to friction, washing and sunlight.
  4. Protect the nozzle.
  5. Color: C/M/Y/BK/LC/LM
dye sublimation transfer ink
dye sublimation transfer ink

Classification of dye sublimation transfer ink

  1. There are two main types of inks:
    if according to the color base, the ink will have two kinds. Dye-based inks are inks that use dyes as the color base, and are also the inks use in most thermal transfer papers. Pigment-based inks depend on pigments. If the ink is distinguished according to the solvent, it also has two kinds. water and water-soluble solvents using as the main components to dissolve the color base. Oil-based ink uses non-water-soluble solvent as the main component to dissolve the color base.
  2. The shelf life of thermal transfer paper ink
    The shelf life of the ink is generally two years. The storage of the ink requires sealing to avoid direct sunlight. The temperature should not be too high or too low (normal room temperature is sufficient).
  3. Viscosity and surface tension
    Viscosity is the resistance of the liquid to flow, and the surface tension of the liquid is related to the ability to form droplets. Generally speaking, inkjet inks must have a low viscosity and high surface tension to ensure good flow properties and droplet morphology. So as to better integrate with the heat transfer paper.


As a major textile country in the world, China is catching up in the technological innovation of textile printing with the help of rapid economic development. After entering the 21st century, people have an increasing awareness of environmental protection and the rapid advancement of digital technology. the successful development and industrialization of digital printing technology have become a new hope. Therefore, It not only meets the increasingly colorful and personalized market needs, but also meets the tough demanding. The environmental protection requirements of China will inevitably lead to a revolutionary change in the textile printing industry. This has also led to a substantial increase in the demand for thermal transfer inks. let us wait and see.

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