What Fabrics Can Dye Sublimation Ink Print On?

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What Fabrics Can Dye Sublimation Ink Print On?

Dye sublimation printing can print images on a variety of man-made textiles. Those materials include synthetic textiles such as polyester, spandex, lycra or blended textiles. Through the unique dye sublimation printing method, which sees dyes heated and applied to the target surface as a vapour. These vapours then settle into the material and turn into a liquid – resulting in an extremely high quality print.

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Sublimation ink printing opens up a variety of material types to carry beautiful soft printed images. The process excels at printing for garments, table cloths, backdrops, banners, curtains and other usual textile materials.

It’s not hard to think of how useful these synthetic surfaces can be as canvases for printed images. They make great promotional items such as t-shirts and dresses. Polyester media can be turned into a variety of stunning displays, such as:

1. A wall-mounted or upright pop-up banner, or banners meant to be used as sails, car covers and even tents

2.Flags adorned with a company logo, country’s colors or even a design of your own

3. Household items such as window blinds, curtains, table cloths, chair covers, even light shades and napkins

4.Special purpose clothing such as sports jerseys and event promotional t-shirts

5. Coverings for tables, and table skirts

6. Tension and pop-up fabric displays for promotional use at conference or special meetings

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7. Hanging fabric structures for big events such as trade shows where you want to stand out in a crowd

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Difference Between Sublimation Transfer Ink, Dye Ink And Pigment Ink

Sublimation transfer ink is also called sublimation ink, which is mainly used for heat transfer printing products. The sublimation transfer ink can be printed on other products after being heated by the heat transfer machine, so it is one of the essential materials in the sublimation transfer industry and mainly used in non-cotton materials.

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1.Compared with other dye inks, pigment inks and water-based inks, sublimation transfer inks are bright and dense, and have high density. Sublimation transfer inks are mainly produced in the United States and South Korea, and American heat transfer inks and Korean heat transfer. The ink color is fresh and thick, and the American sublimation transfer ink printed on paper and the Korean sublimation transfer ink pattern are light and clear. After heat transfer by the heat transfer machine, the image is clear and the color reproduction degree is high. It is also the advantage of import sublimation transfer ink printing.

2.Dye ink is a molecular-level fully dissolved ink. This ink is a complete composite solution. The probability of blocking the ink head is very small. It is easy to be absorbed by the material after printing, and the color is gorgeous. Moreover, the cost of manufacture is low, and the disadvantage is that it is not waterproof, and since the dye molecules are rapidly decomposed under ultraviolet irradiation, the use of outdoor ultraviolet rays is markedly faded within one month. The advantage is that the color is bright, the layer is clear and the price is lower than the pigment type ink, so it is the first choice for printing pictures and making color inkjet cards.

pigment ink3.The pigment ink said that the image point is powdery ink, of course, this is just a kind of image, and is not accurate enough. To be precise, it is a solid pigment that is ground into very fine particles and dissolved in a special aqueous solvent. It is a suspension solution or a semi-solution, which is the same as the pigment of our dyed clothing. Contrary to the principle that dye ink penetrates into the medium to form a color, it is colored by the color material attached to the surface of a medium such as copy paper or printing paper.

Therefore, it has the advantage of printing with pigment ink, even if it is printed on plain paper, it will not smear, and because the pigment itself is waterproof, it is not easily decomposed by ultraviolet rays, so its water resistance is strong, it is also light-resistant, and printed matter Even if used outdoors, it can last for more than a year without obvious signs of fading.

The disadvantage is that most of the pigment inks will leave the color material on the surface, so even if you print on paper with a flat surface such as glossy paper, you can’t print a glossy image, which is why it is usually printed with pigment ink. The things are all dull. In addition, pigment inks are more expensive to manufacture, so the price is also higher than that of dye inks. The price difference is as high as two to four times. The sublimation transfer images are brightly colored and rich in layers. The effect is comparable to printing. The difference is that sublimation transfer is an image that can be formed by sublimating a sublimation transfer ink at a high temperature, penetrating the surface of the medium, and desubliming. Therefore, a film is not formed on the surface of the medium, and the image does not fall off, is not cracked, and is light-resistant, and does not fade for a long time.

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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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