How does Dye Sublimation Ink Work?

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How does Dye Sublimation Ink Work?

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? 😉

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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.

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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.

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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. 🙂


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What Should We Do When the Dye Sublimation Ink Clogged the Print Head?

A clogged print head can lead to many troubles during the process of sublimation printing. So, what should we do when the dye sublimation ink clogged the print head? Of course, the answer is we need to clean it. Here are some common ways and you can choose a suitable one. 😉Dye Sublimation Ink

 

1. Water
For dye sublimation ink manufacturer, the ink must be able to dissolve in the medium in which it is made. So many sublimation ink manufactures also produce cleaning solution. But generally speaking, the water performs as well as cleaning solution.
You can use water to dissolve or soften the blockage. Sit the print head in a bowl of water for few hours. Most print heads can be submerged underwater as long as you dry up the contact points before inserting back in the printer.Sublimation Ink

 

2. Increase Temperature
Since different substances are made from different atoms, increased temperature will affect their dissolving to different extents. Therefore, you should use hot water when you soak the print head. And the temperature can be somewhere between 90 °F – 120 °F.

3. Push the ink out
Drill a hole on the cartridge and use syringe to push digital sublimation ink downward, then wash the print head under hot running water.

4. Purchase Machine
If you think manual cleaning is too troublesome, you can invest a machine to help you. For example, buying a steaming machine which will increases the temperature and the steam, and it can keep printer head moisturized. Or buying a ultrasonic cleaner like the one used in cleaning jewelry or medical equipment which will help you clean your print heads quickly.Digital Sublimation Ink

 

Clogged printer heads can be a nuisance and cost extra money during the process of sublimation printing. So, try to clean your print heads frequently and use high quality digital sublimation ink which will be beneficial for your sublimation printing business. Thank you for you reading. 🙂


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