Why Dye Sublimation Printing is Eco-friendly?

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Why Dye Sublimation Printing is Eco-friendly?

Dye Sublimation printing has lots of obvious advantages, we can create all-over designs and the ink remains bright and vivid on the substrate. But, what is often overlooked is the environmental impact of sublimation printing.

dye sublimation printing

Firstly, compared to print screening, which uses large amounts of water, dye-sublimation printing uses none. Because the process turns the solid directly to a gas, there is absolutely no need for water.

Secondly, the ink that sublimation printing uses is completely safe. They don’t pose health risks to the people who handle them, nor any harm to the environment. Printers usually opt for using sublimation ink of 4 colors-CYMK, so the result is that only a minimal amount of dye inks are actually used.

sublimation printingThirdly, the same sublimation print can be used multiple times to print on more than just the one garment. This is a process which is called exhaust printing. Although subsequent prints will reduce in intensity, it will still work for a number of pieces and this will create its own unique effect.

In addition, dye sublimation paper can be used as materials for other crafts. They work well as stationery or gift wrappers. So, there is very little waste and sublimation transfer paper and tissue paper are always recycled.

Of course, this printing technique has a disadvantage which is the limited number of materials that it can work on. And, polyester is not good for the environment. However, we can opt for recycled polyester, no? 😉

In general, compared to other printing methods that use solvents and additional chemicals, dye sublimation printing is much more eco-friendly. Our company is a supplier and manufacturer of materials which are essential for sublimation, such as sublimation transfer paper, sublimation ink… Any questions, please contact us, and our team will provide you the best service. Thank you for your reading. 🙂


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5 Holiday Gift Ideas with Sublimation Transfer Printing

Christmas is over, what gifts you have made with sublimation transfer printing for your friends and family? Giving your loved ones personalized gifts is not only generally less expensive than going out and buying gifts, but it will also mean so much more to them. There is nothing more special than giving someone a gift you made yourself. Let’s go over some of the most popular holiday gifts that you can easily make with sublimation printing.

sublimation transfer printing 1. Personalized Mugs
Custom drinkware is a big hit year-round, but that’s especially true during the holiday season. Personalized, sublimated mugs are always in demand as they make wonderful gifts with sublimation printing for the family as well as stylish holiday décor (such as coffee mug candles).

2. Holiday Ornaments
A holiday gift guide would not be complete without ornaments! There is a lot of opportunity with ornaments, and you can create something truly special and sentimental that will hang on the tree for years to come. Sublimate high-resolution photos that celebrate new members of the family, newlyweds, and family pets. No matter what photo or design you choose to sublimate, ornaments are sure to warm the hearts of their recipients.

3. Custom T-shirts & Sweaters
Looking to coordinate the perfect family picture? Create matching apparel with fun holiday sayings using digital sublimation printing such as Siser EasyWeed (or Siser Glitter for the extra holiday look and feel).

sublimation printing4. Home Décor
Personalized home décor items are some of the easiest gifts to make with sublimation transfer printing, but that does not take away from how special they will be to their recipients. Using sign vinyl, such as Siser EasyPSV, you can create festive wooden signs, decorative plates, and glasses and many other kinds of décor.

5. Custom Socks
Give a gift that will warm their hearts – and their toes! Custom socks have a very big market, and there are so many things you can sublimate on socks. In fact, in 2019, Google searches for custom socks will be at its highest ever (nearly double the search volume of 2018).


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A Closer Look at Digital Sublimation Printing

Digital sublimation printing fills a market gap for short-run printing of mugs, shirts, gift items, and promotional goods. Today we are going to have a closer look at this technology.

digital sublimation printing

History

Before the development of modified computer printers using sublimation dyes and toners in the mid-1980s, sublimation transfer printings were done on commercial printing presses. Because of the expense, it was not cost-effective to print small quantities. Desk-top sublimation printers now allow companies and individuals to print as little as one transfer, at low cost, opening up a new market segment for personalized items.

 

Equipment

sublimation transfer printing Getting into the sublimation business is easier and cheaper than ever. A computer with a graphic design program, photo scanner, sublimation printer, and a heat press are all the newcomer needs. Supplies include sublimation paper, extra sublimation ink or toner, and a few product samples to show prospective clients. An increase in supply companies allows larger orders to be delivered in days, eliminating the need to stock large amounts of product.

Products

sublimation printing With the popularity of sublimation printing on the rise, manufacturers have risen to the task of developing new sublimation-friendly supplies. While 100 percent polyester shirts used to be a rarity, they are now available from most large supply houses. Aside from the time-tested coffee mug, newer items include Neckties, aprons, magnets, ornaments, decorative plaques, lighters, picture frames, ID tags, flags, banners, key fobs, and a host of other items–all treated or manufactured to accept sublimation.

Industrial Use

Digital sublimation printing has been used on an industrial scale for some time now, mainly for the decoration of bulk fabric to be sewn into clothing, tablecloths, curtains and bed linens. The ability of sublimation to print complex multi-color designs easily and cheaply has made it a preferred fabric-decorating method for specialty designs and products in instances in which large quantities (and the associated high printing costs) are not desired.


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