Sublimation printing, also known as heat transfer or paper print, is one of the most popular processes in the industry due to the advantages like: No screen set up costs; No minimums; Ease in creating panel prints due to small press machines ; Highly detailed prints can be achieved. Unlike screen printing, the detail which can be achieved in sublimation printing artwork is unlimited.
There are two restrictions to mention. They are not necessarily disadvantages; it depends on the way you look at it.
1. You can only sublimate on Polyester fabrics: This is due to the temperatures needed to achieve a high quality print and depth of colour. Recommended printing temperatures and times are: 195-205 degrees; No higher than 205; No longer than 40 seconds. Trust me, if you use nylon at these temperatures, you have a lot of cleaning to do as the nylon will actually melt in your machine! When polyester is made, it is exposed to higher temperatures than those recommended above. Therefore it will not melt during sublimation printing.
2. Grin through: Sublimation printing does not use a traditional wet process. As the paper is placed on top of the fabric for the dyes to be transferred, the dye remains on the surface and does not penetrate entirely through the fabric. This will create “Grin Through”. The fabric’s knit construction affects the result, especially for circular knit fabrics, unless they have a fine gauge knit and are made specifically for sublimation printing.
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