Digital Sublimation Printing: What Materials Can Be Sublimated?(3)
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Digital Sublimation Printing on Wood
The digital sublimation printing technology has even extended to wooden items, which leaves the field even wider open for what can be printed on. While wood doesn’t contain polyester, like a lot of other products, it can be coated with a poly substance by using rollers and heat.
Once when this is done, completing the sublimation process is similar to working with other polyester materials. The coating might allow the heat press to be used at a lower temperature than the standard 400⁰ most other products use. This should be looked into when using a certain coating on wood.
Dye Sublimation Printing on Acrylic
While acrylic isn’t polyester based, there is a product referred to as Sublimation Acrylic that can be used for the dye sublimation process. This product can be used with the conventional heat press and transfer paper without being ruined. Sublimation Acrylic is sold on sites and in stores where they sell printing materials and machines.
Sublimation Transfer Printing on Vinyl
The vinyl sublimation process is done almost the same as with other materials. The main difference with vinyl is that it’s used on products that are cut in shapes.
This often applies to products that use sticky adhesive, such as wall and floor decals. This is done by cutting the silhouette of the image wanted on the design file before using the sublimated printer.
When it’s time to sublimate, the vinyl is cut into the proper shape. Cutting should be done close to the edges of the print. Depending on the size, more than one vinyl product can be printed at once and cut separately.
Sublimation Printing on Nylon
This is the most difficult material for dye sublimated printing. There are many different types of nylon, each with a different reaction to the sublimation process. Nylon 6 is the type that is most commonly used for textiles.
Something to keep in mind with nylon printing is that it needs to be tried and tested to see what the most attractive result is. There are unique outcomes for the wide range of options available. One helpful tip would be to use lower heating temperatures.