Dye Sublimation Printing – On What Products Can We Sublimate?
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When most people think about dye sublimation printing, they probably think about garment decoration as well.
But, I’m sure that snowboards, metal sheets, and floor mats are not the applications that naturally come to mind.
What is Sublimation?
In order to understand why only certain items are good for sublimation, you will need to first understand what the process of dye sublimation printing is.
Well, simply put, dye sublimation, the sublimation ink is actually a gel that is printed on special paper which we call it sublimation paper, becomes a gas when heated by heat press machine, and then turns back into a solid state on the substrate. So, you cannot feel it on the garment as it actually becomes part of the garment itself.
On what products can you sublimate?
As known, there is no “hand” to the design of dye sublimation printing. This means you cannot feel it on the garment as it actually becomes part of the garment itself. Actually, Dye sublimation is not only for Man-made materials such as nylon, certain plastics, and polyester fabrics contain polymers.
Here are some of the material possibilities you have with dye-sublimation as well:
(1. Soft-Signage: Create on-demand, high-impact POP, tradeshow and interior signage. The sublimation process is fast and ideal for time-sensitive promotions.
(2. Photo Printing: Dye-sub photo printing has been used in medical imaging, graphic arts proofing, security, and broadcast related applications. But nowadays, it is extremely popular in event photography and photo booths or kiosks that requires high speed, on-demand printing.
(3. Rigid Products :The rigid “blank” products that are widely available include, mouse pads, key chains, smartphone cases, pet bowls, light switch plates and more. These are easily sublimated and represent fantastic additions to the range of custom branding items your business can offer.
(4. Textile: The dye-sublimation printing process is used to print on polyester or other synthetic fabrics. It is used for applications such as T-shirts, banners, table covers, id cards, sportswear and flags.
What are restrictions of Dye Sublimation?
Actually, sublimation does have some restrictions, though you may find that many of these restrictions aren’t the kind of deal breakers you might imagine.
(1. White/Light garments only. It is not possible to sublimate on dark colored garments because there is no white sublimation ink. Even pastel colored shirts
will not produce perfect colors. As long as you are aware that white tees are the only ones that will result in true color prints, go ahead and experiment with the lighter colors.
(2. Polyester garments only. Shirts for sublimation need to be at the very least, 60% polyester. The higher percentage of polyester the better as the ink will only transfer to the poly fibers.