To begin with,let us see sublimation printing in women's fashion garment industry.Prior to this time, much of the fashion available was mass produced overseas and the big box stores of the days were buying in container loads, if not more. As the world and the economy changed, so did the buying habits of many people. This opened the door for companies like Before+Again Clothing who make a great product in the fashion industry, but do not need to buy a full container to be able to make money. At the same time, our society changed how and what type of clothes we wore. No longer did we want to wear what everyone else was wearing, we wanted to wear clothes that spoke to our individual personality, especially in women’s fashion. This made sublimation a perfect marriage since women could get more personalized clothing and were willing to pay a little more for it. Now companies could produce short runs and retailers could hold less inventory due to sublimation printing with dye sublimation ink and paper.
in brief,sublimation printing with dye sublimation ink and paper is a process where heat is used to turn inks into gases to produce a design onto fabric. Here comes the science bit: The term sublimation is applied because the dye transitions through solid and gas states without going through a liquid stage. The process, and the temperatures included means that sublimation printing is only suitable for use on certain fabrics, and generally works better on lighter coloured backgrounds.What all that means from a design point of view, is that the process enables a brand to come up with an all over design – i.e. a t-shirt where the whole garment is printed, rather than an individual graphic on an otherwise plain background.
We apply the digital dye-sublimation into fashion printing which is that the nature of the dye-sublimation printing process requires synthetic fabrics like polyesters. Natural fibers like cotton and silk—and even semi-synthetic materials like rayon—won’t work with dye-sublimation printers. In addition, the Epson F7170 has a new, highly accurate take-up reel and substrate system to deliver winding accuracy between 0 and 0.19″ on transfer paper rolls for digital textile applications, including soft-signage products such as decorative table tops and runners, as well as point-of-purchase (POP) banners and exhibit displays. Other roll-to-roll fabric applications that customers can create include home furnishings, fabric patterns, apparel manufacturing, and more. Built for increased productivity, the SureColor F7170 also features a high-capacity ink tank system with refillable tanks to allow continuous printing through a full roll of media, as well as a new post-platen heater for faster drying times.