What is Dye Sublimation Printing, Why Do I Need It and What Can It Do For My Business?
Last Updated: 04/07/2017
If you want to print on mugs, license plates and other popular hard surface items then Dye Sublimation printing is the answer!
Dye Sublimation, as a process is really very simple. It is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.
Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Just like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals, etc. requires a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. You must purchase the mugs, tiles, metals, etc. with the coating already on them, it is not something you can coat yourself. We carry a full line of these sublimatable blanks. When you apply to 100% polyester (ie: our mouse pads and puzzles) you do not need any coating, it is applied directly to the 100% polyester fabric.
You can purchase dye sublimation inks for certain Epson desk top ink jet printers to do sublimation printing. Printers are not sold directly from Epson with these sublimation inks. The sublimation inks are something you would need to buy from a company such as ours and the heat transfer paper that you would print these inks on we also supply. The heat transfer paper for sublimation printing does not have a coating on them. This paper has a special finish on the surface so the inks do not soak into the paper. After you print the transfer paper it is then placed on the product to be applied with a heat press.
PLEASE NOTE: You can switch your printer back to using regular inks at any time. However, it is not practical to switch back and forth. If you are setting up a Sublimation Printing System do not expect to use the same printer for other purposes.