How does Dye Sublimation Ink Work?
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Dye sublimation ink is prepared by a standard heat press machines. This ink is prepared by initiating heat and it is controlled with time and pressure. However, do you know how does the sublimation ink work in the process of sublimation printing? 😉
Even though you don’t see the sold color dyes they are floating around in the sublimation transfer ink. An image is then printed on a treated paper. From there the sublimation transfer paper with the image is placed on the material you wish to print, such as polyester, mugs, nylon… and put in a heat press machine. When heated, the ink turns from a solid to a gas that embeds itself into the garment. When it cools, the dye sublimation ink goes back to a solid and becomes a permanent part of the fabric. This means that your transferred design adds no additional layer on top, so there’s no difference in feeling between the printed image and the rest of the fabric. This also means that the transfer is incredibly durable, and under normal conditions, the images you produce will last as long as the product itself.
In addition, note that if you leave the digital sublimation ink in the printer too long, it will cause some problems, like color shifting, head clogs and banding. Therefore, it is not recommended to print past six months of the use-by date. Marking the cartridges with the date on which you installed them is a good way to keep track of their life span.
Our company, Sublistar which is subordinate to FeiYue Digital Inc., is supplier and manufacturer of sublimation transfer paper, inkjet printer, digital printing inks, calender machines and accessories. If you have any question about sublimation printing, please contact us. We will provide you the best service. Thanks for you reading. 🙂