The process of dye-sublimation transfer printing involves printing a design onto transfer paper, which absorbs the special sublimation ink that can then be heat-pressed onto polyester. The heat causes the paper to 'unload' the ink onto the polyester substrate and fixes it into place, bringing out the vibrant colors and ensuring a durable, wash-proof print.
Running a high-volume, continuous ink supply with two-liter sacks means an overall reduction in ink costs, as well as minimizing packaging waste – thereby keeping the user's environmental footprint low. Dye-sub printing is widely regarded to be one of the most environmentally sound printing processes, with the use of aqueous inks and a recycled and recyclable substrate combining to deliver a solution frequently requested by big brands with green agendas.
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Dye Sublimation, as a process is really very simple. It is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.
Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Just like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time.
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