The Science Behind Dye Sublimation Ink

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The Science Behind Dye Sublimation Ink

Dye sublimation ink is a pigment suspended in a liquid solvent, like water. We need to use this kind of ink for heat transfer printing.  Today, let’s talk about sublimation ink.

dye sublimation ink

How does Dye Sublimation Ink Work?

Firstly, the sublimation printer prints some images by using digital sublimation ink. Then, the images are initially printed on coated heat-resistant transfer paper as a reverse image of the final design, which is then transferred onto polyester fabric in a heat press operating at a temperature around 180 to 210 C (375 F).

Sublimation inks produce brilliant color and good light fastness when applied to polyester and polyester coated substrates. Applying heat to the printed image with a press, whether through transfer paper or directly, fixes these vivid inks into the polyester substrate allowing the item to be washed time and time again.

What ARE Applications Of Sublimation Ink?

sublimation ink(1. Textile Application

Designed for printing onto polyester substrates, these versatile inks will sublime onto polyester rich apparel fabrics, for example, sportswear; carpet fabrics; sails and flagging material. Fabrics retain their natural handle making this process ideal for garment sampling and also promotional banners. These printed fabrics are hardwearing and washable. Further information on Textile Ink products is available.

digital sublimation ink(2.  Hardware Application

Sublimation Ink is a perfect solution for heat transferring images onto pre-coated ceramics, metals and plastic. The list of applications is endless: mugs, decorative tiles, fridge magnets, mouse mats, trophies, and even surfboards!!! Due to the wide variety of substrates available, working with these inks opens the door to short or long run, quick response promotional gifts and product sampling. The process of transferring the image is quick and clean with excellent transfer from paper to the substrate.

Today’s article is here. Now, do you know more about sublimation ink? Any questions, please contact us. Thank you for your reading.


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Choose the right print sublimation ink, it can ensure that the thermal transfer pattern level clear and exquisite, can be comparable with the printing. It can be seen from its type, it is under high temperature conditions to dye sublimation to achieve the dyeing of the media, which can make the pattern more solid, clear, and in color and color fastness and so on stronger, so you can keep The longer the time will not fade, so become the most popular pattern processing production process.

high release sublimation ink

high release sublimation ink

As the market used in most of the fabric print sublimation ink is a textile industry, the distribution of disperse dyes, after all, disperse dyes have a very good color saturation. Generally speaking, it is now widely used in areas such as fabric, leather, metal and wood, but also in glass, ceramics and PVC board and other aspects of the application, so the scope of use is still relatively wide.


It is because the sublimation ink ink is stable and widely used, it is the most popular thermal transfer products, and with the thermal transfer technology in the full popularity, it is necessary to have more high-quality products for business services, A lot of personalized products processing, will be in the quality of the strict grasp of the advantages of its advantages will be very in place, and then get more customers full trust.

high fastness sublimation ink

high fastness sublimation ink

Overall, from the above description is also to see the application of digital sublimation ink is very wide, whether it is metal material, or ceramic, plexiglass and fabric materials, etc., it can achieve a solid pattern guarantee, which can be in terms of quality The performance will be very in place, so to the maximum for customers to provide the best service.

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How to Use Sublimation Transfer Ink in a Normal Printer?

Sublimation transfer ink differs from common dye-based ink because the ink is transferred to the medium from a solid state to a gaseous state. The medium for dye sublimation has a special coating to trap the ink, resulting in more precise blends than those created by fine dots from an inkjet printer. Since the dye sublimation ink penetrates the medium, the ink dries instantly and does not fade over time.

We know that only piezo printer can be used as sublimation printer, then we will figure out how to convert it into sublimation printers.

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Printer Cleaning
Before using dye sublimation ink on your printer, make sure it’s clean, any former ink residue will make your printing fail. Please clean your printer with the cleaning solution.

digital sublimation ink Change Ink
For sublimation printing, the essential must be the digital sublimation ink, any other ink will not work for these process. Please check if your ink is solvent based or water based, different printer, or lets’ say different printhead need different ink type.

Reset Printer Parameters
Because different ink have different technical criteria, the mainly talked is density, viscosity, surface tension etc. And the sublimation transfer ink consumption will different for different image. You may need more practice to get the perfect data in your RIP software.

sublimation ink Change ICC Profile if Needed
Same as printer parameters, ICC profile control how the ink performed with our visual colors. So if you need a high quality image and color consistence in different print run, please note to change a ICC profile which suit to your printer and ink.

Start Printing When Everything is Ready
Now you can start print when everything in control. One more thing to mention is: a good ink, good printer, good transfer paper, good heat press, and a standard working process together making a good output.

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