Sublimation is a chemical process where a solid turn into gas without going through the liquid state.
A type of ink - unique in its ability to convert from a solid to gas without going through the liquid form
How it works?
Dye-sublimation printing is the process of applying an image using sublimation ink to a variety of substrates through heat and pressure.
Under heat and pressure, the solid dye particles change into a gas and bond with any polymers on the substrate. The polymers expand with heat and take in the ink particles. When the heat source is removed and the substrate is cooled, the pores close and the ink solidifies. This process causes the ink to bond to the inside and becomes one with the material.
Advantages of Sublimation:
- Ability to do full colour printing and colours are more vibrant
- Design longevity. As the ink becomes one with the material, the design will not fade, peel, crack overtime
- More lightweight. As the ink permeates the material, final print has no noticeable weight, leaving a more comfortable garment.
- Garments maintain their colour and vibrancy despite many wash cycles.
- Outstanding rub resistance. Inks will not transfer or rub off to other articles of clothing.
- Dye-sublimation is the most environmentally friendly, sustainable process possible in garment printing and production. It produces ZERO waste! Because the process involves turning a solid directly to a gas, there is no water needed for dyeing.
Limitations of Sublimation:
- Can only be used on polyester blended garments
- More time consuming, and expensive than silkscreen.
- Impractical for larger orders
This method is most advantageous when:
- Your design is detailed and has many saturated colours.
- Small quantities of printed product are needed.
- Using different designs on multiple items or material.
- You need a fade resistant design.
Cost of sublimation depends on:
- Complexity of the design
- Number of print positions
- Quantity of the order