How to Use Sublimation Transfer Ink in a Normal Printer?

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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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Do You Recognize the Importance of Sublimation Ink for Digital Printing?

In inkjet digital printing consumables, sublimation ink is the main factor affecting the quality of inkjet printing, such as the use of undesirable ink, not only seriously affect the printing quality, but also cause damage to the machine. The quality of the ink can determine the quality of the image, but also determine the life of the nozzle. Ink can be called the whole system of blood, directly related to the quality of the entire print, it is the output image of the color truth, color performance, visual impact, fade resistance and even the printer’s life and the user’s physical and mental health and so on Have a direct impact. The printing requirements for the ink have the following:

sublimation ink

1. Color accurate, able to achieve the original color;
2. Ink particles fineness to fine, or easy to block ink head;
3. The price of sublimation printing ink should be low, otherwise affect the promotion and use of digital printing.

At present, digital inkjet printing is mainly in two ways, that is, based on high-precision nozzle YMCK inkjet printing (dot matrix), and the dye pre-mixed into a certain color and spray onto the fabric on the pre-mixed way. In order to obtain high sublimation ink precision and smooth light-colored transition colors when printing in the YMCK way, high resolution must be required, which requires a small fineness of the nozzles and a high demand for ink, Of the greater difficulty, but the use of the number of dyes relatively small, the basic color for the four-color. Dot matrix is widely used in the printing method, because the nozzle diameter is very small, high resolution printing, the ink viscosity, surface tension, inorganic salt content and dye particle fineness is very high.

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fast dye sublimation paper

Dont Afraid The Traditional 3 Problem You Will Meet In Dye Sublimation Printing



As a sublimation paper manufacture, we will help customer solve many problem during they do the printing, the main problem we think are as follow, its can solve, so dont worry.

inkjet sublimation printing paper

inkjet sublimation printing paper


The drying time is related with the inkjet sublimation paper printing temperature and the relative humidity, normally the recommended printing temperature is 25℃  (77℉) . And relative humidity is 53%.If the temperature is below 25℃  (77℉) , there’s no enough heat for the dye sublimation paper to dry very fast .  On the other hand , if the relative humidity is higher than 53%, which means there are too much moisture in the air, it’s like in the raining days ,the clothes always dry very slowly. When you meet with those two problem, one extra heat drier or dehumidifier will help you solve the problem very easily. Most of the new printers ,like EPSON, it has a build-in drier in the printer itself, if you are still using the old machine (plotter), it’s better to set up an extra heat drier , or update your machine into the new one. Buy a new machines seems rather expensive , but in a long way , it will solve more problems and save your cost .

fast dye sublimation paper

fast dye sublimation paper


The ink problem . Good ink always costs a lot , because it contains more dye and less water . Many clients buy the cheaper ink but the quality is bad . The ingredient of ink are water and dye , if the ink is cheaper , means there are less dye but much more water in it. So when you print the sublimation paper , there are too much water in it, there’s no doubt you will have a very big problem with the drying . And after you make the transfer ,you will see the transfer result is not that good, it is not caused by the paper problem , but the sublimation ink problem .So change your ink into high quality one ,you could solve the problem very easily.

anti curl sublimation paper

anti curl sublimation paper


After you check the usage problem and the ink problem , the last one is maybe the paper you buy is not the quick dry type , although your supplier claimed that it’s the newest quick dry sub paper ,but actually it isn’t.

You’d better test more samples from different supplier , and choose the best one for you own good . It is always best to select sublimation printing paper and ink that are manufactured to the highest standards !


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