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All you need to know about Sublimation Printing


Digital printing industry has developed tremendously in recent years and has entered the golden age of possibility. Although printing has a long history in the process of reproducing text and images, yet after the technology has revolutionized, digital printing has gained considerable importance. Research shows that growth in digital printing will remain inevitable until 2024. Perhaps the increase in their demand is impacting the printing industry on a global level. 

The growing importance of sublimation printing in the digital printing industry

With considerable development in Digital printing, the industry has now become merged and diversified so the screen printers are now offering digital printing and sign shops offer clothing.  If you are intended to start a business then starting a t-shirt business is very easy and more affordable than ever.  Designing custom tees is one of the most effective ways to promote business. Sublimation printing is perhaps an applicable way to create striking and creative tees.  But what is sublimation printing?

What is Sublimation Printing?

It has become an increasingly popular method of printing high-quality images on textiles and clothing.  In a nutshell, transferring images on suitable materials in which the solid turns into the water before changing into a gaseous state. Although there are many types of printing techniques for printing their logo and promotional items yet many textile businesses are moving towards sublimation printing from their conventional screen printing techniques due to its ease of use and effectiveness. You may be wondering how this process works?

This process requires sublimation ink and a printer to create texts and images. During this process, you will print the image on the sublimation paper with the help of sublimation ink and the printer. Later the image is transferred to the substrate through a heat press. Proper execution of the process will prevent the image from fading. 

Which are the ideal substrates most appropriate for sublimation printing?

One of the main advantages of using sublimation printing is, it can produce enduring results for the images. The created images or text will not crack or fade even after multiple washes.  In addition, it has the potential to dry fast on surfaces like polyester and nylon. However, some materials are regarded as highly suitable choices for sublimation printing such as Polymer, PVC, Polycotton fabrics, Polymer coated plastic, fabric & metals. 

Although the sublimating printing can be carried out even though the basic printer provided the print head is compatible to the sublimation printing yet you can get high-quality results only with certain types of printers such as: 

  • Mitsubishi CP-D90DW- Fastest printer with the 300 DPI resolution. 
  • Epson Stylus C88+- Basic printer with the best budget
  • Sawgrass Virtuoso SG400- Best high-resolution printer when compared to other printers
  • Epson Sure Color T5170- A most suitable printer for a business that requires large format prints

Bottom Line

The best quality sublimation printers are best suited for your specific needs. The eco-friendly nature producing minimum waste is perhaps the major reason for its growing popularity.

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