Dye Sublimation Heat Transfer Imprinting Process

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The dye sublimation heat transfer imprinting process has been benefits the whole advertising industry in a huge. Whether in indoor or outdoor fabric imprint usage. Here just describe the rough workflow regarding this process.

The Advantages of Dye Sublimation Transfer Printing

Thanks to the dye sublimation printing, there are many advantages we can take from it.
  • Vivid color, Wide Gamut

    By heats up the printed dots on the papers to the fabrics, the ink dot extend to meet others, make there is no white gap between all dots. The gradient color dot gives the image a more realistic nature look. Sublimation ink can be solvent based or water based. A widely choice of pigment can be used to produce the spot solid color, jetting together making a wider gamut.
  • Lighter Fabric Weight

  • Any fabric made with polyester or media with polyester coated can be printed by dye sublimation printing. The fabrics are more lighter weighted then the traditional printing media, and giving a long time lasting color. The light weight fabric can saving you the cost of shipping and transportation.
  • Wide Application

  • The environmental friendly sublimated fabric can be used in occasions of school, hospital and indoor advertising. Another big market is garment imprinting, such as t-shirt printing, hat printing. When comes to rigid media like metals pieces, it also can be printed if there is polyester coating on the surface.

Process of Dye Sublimation Printing

The process of sublimation transfer printing can be described into following steps.
  • Artwork Preparation

  • Prior to printing, the artwork is a quite important process which can surely affect the final printing performance. It’s the creative process of the whole work.
  • Fabric Preparation

  • Fabric is the row media which will be printed. When we know the dye sublime process a chemical reaction to retain color into fiber, it will be important to ensure they reacted under a right condition. The row fabric should be pure, qualified for printing on.
  • Image Printing onto Transfer Paper

  • Before printing, please make sure the printer is in good condition; all sectors should be checked according to the checklist. Then print image to the transfer paper in no defection.
  • Heat Transfer Image from Paper to Fabric

  • Check again the imprinted paper, take care of the transfer temperature, and press time. For different fabric and ink they need different combination of time and temperature for the ink to sublime and reaction to take.
  • After Finishing of Fabric

  • Sublimated fabrics have a high-end hand touch feeling; normally it can be directly used for your final products. Fabrics can be finished in many ways, including silicone edges (SEG) that can be easily snapped into frames, light boxes and displays for quick setup or change out.