Important Facts About Sublimation Printing


There have been many improvements in digital printing technology. Consequently, it has diversified and merged industries so that sign shops now offer apparel and screen printing machines now offer digital printing. This industry adaptation occurred with the advent of eco-solvent printing machines and is now the case with dye-sublimation printing machines.

Modern sublimation printing machines make it possible for users to digitally add custom graphics to promotional products, fabrics, snowboards, chairs, clothing and more. For numerous graphics and signs businesses, this effective and fast method of digital printing is replacing traditional screen printing practices for production runs as well as for output that needs several colors and photographic imagery.

Numerous items can be printed on using sublimation

In addition to printing on floor mats, metal sheets and snowboards, dye-sublimation of both rigid and fabric materials is now possible because of wide formats printing machines that allow for affordable customization of everything from ceramic tiles to large banners.

Sublimation printing works by penetrating a substrate surface with ink. Synthetic materials such as polyester fabrics, certain plastics, and nylon have polymers that, after being heated, make it possible for the ink to bond.

Dye-sublimation printer produces permanent and beautiful colors that are embedded into the fabric or substrate instead of being printed on just the surface. The images on the fabric will not crack or fade even after washing it severally, and images on the hard substrates will not scratch, peel, or chip.

The following are some material possibilities that dye-sublimation offers.

Rigid substrates – Sublimation is no longer limited to fabric substrates; there is a wide variety of promotional and product possibilities. New materials treated with polymers have been designed specifically for sublimation printing applications that include hardboard sheet, plastic, acrylic, fiberglass, glass, brass, and aluminum materials.

Rigid products – The rigid products that are available include light switch plates, pet bowls, smartphone cases, key chains, and mouse pads among others. These items can be easily sublimated and they represent great additions to the selection of custom branding stuff that your business can offer.

Soft-signage – Create high-impact, on-demand interior, tradeshow, and POP signage. The process of sublimation is quick and effective for promotions that are time-sensitive.

Fabrics – Pick from a selection of one hundred percent polyester fabrics, with choices that are available in two discrete types:

  • Knit material that flows and drapes more naturally, from table covers, photographic backdrops, indoor banners and flags, and custom apparel.
  • Woven texture for hardwearing and durable upholstery, exterior signage, exterior banners, and banner stands.

Fashion and sports apparel – Everything from baseball caps and handbags to cycling jerseys and t-shirts is a possibility. The ever-increasing popularity of fashion and sports apparel opens up new opportunities for sublimation with each new day.

Photo printing – From photo backdrops to personalized gifts such as photo-apparel, wall mounts and magnets, sublimation printing is very effective in delivering top-quality photographic images to a wide market range.

All the aforementioned materials are available for “blank” products for immediate heat transfer or polymer suitable for heat transfer.


Jeff Hoffman has worked for years as an analyst and reviewer of projectors; scanners and various types of printing machines. He’s also written numerous articles on digital photography. Visit this website for more information


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