Dye Sublimation Process and Products
Dye sublimation is a method for printing on polyester or hard surface products. It is a very attractive printing method with a variety of products that can be selected for printing. The finished dye sublimation products are usually very long lasting and durable. The embedded image process makes the product resistant to scratch and other external factors. This fascinating print is permanently attached to the product surface for several years thereby giving customers maximum satisfaction. Dye sublimation gives you the opportunity to explore your imagination thereby reducing your limitations of the items you can buy. You can go wherever your design takes you.
Dye Sublimation Products
Any product that is coated with polyester or made of polyester fabric can be printed with dye sublimation. The product must also possess a very flat surface with white color. Examples of dye sublimation products include shot glasses, mugs, Water bottles, Metals, fabric puzzles, Name badges and polyester shirts.
Dye Sublimation Process
Dye sublimation process gives you the opportunity of printing beautifully colored images on polyester and hard surfaces. You can choose from various beautiful colors to make your design unique without extra charges. The major advantage of dye sublimation process is that it gives complete customization; this makes it ideal for customizing designs such as numbers and names. It is very easy and quick to use and this limits the risk of wastage.
The first step in the dye sublimation process is to choose a quality blank. You can use a blank reference or other sublimation products which don't have any image printed on them. An example is a blank coffee mug. The blank dye sublimation product is treated to receive dye. These products are usually made of polymer material making them dye supportive. A white surface is preferred since dye sublimation printing does not require white ink to print. The dye contents are very transparent and depend on the surface of the printed substrate for brightness.
The second step is the dye sublimation printing. Mug artwork as a reference is usually inkjet printed. A special dye-sublimation ink and the transfer paper is used. The transfer paper is used as a temporary stop for the printed image. Dye sublimation preparation is the third step. Once it is printed, the transfer paper is placed or affixed to the surface of the dye sublimation product. Since the image on the transfer paper is directly transferred to the blank surface, the image inserted on the transfer paper is mirrored. Another step that is worth noting is the heating process. The blank sublimation product and the transfer paper is put in the heating process. Heat and pressure are applied to the blank surface to aid the transfer of an image from the transfer paper to the blank surface. The process fills the blank polymer coated surface with the printed dye.
A permanent and long lasting image becomes part of the surface. Although there are so many types of heat presses for a variety of products. The idea to attain a proper sublimation is to make sure that the press blends well to the blank surface.