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How does sublimation printing work?

11 October 2022

After selecting a design, you should use a sublimation printer to print it onto special paper. The design is then printed onto the fabric by using a hot press or (if you are doing this at home) applying pressure and placing it in the oven.

You will have to use transfer paper (usually sublimated paper) to transfer the design to the fabric. By combining the ink with the fabric, the ink is embedded and will therefore remain active longer (compared to other printing processes). The heat in the press or oven causes the pores of the fabric to open, while the pressure applied to the fabric cools the ink — turning it into a solid form. You can then loosen the press and gently remove the paper from the shirt or cup (or whatever object you’ve used).

Once a simple process is mastered, it can be recreated cheaply at home with the help of a compact sublimation printer and hot press. If you’ve ever wanted to create a different design, this is an efficient and creative way to do it.

If you are thinking of creating your own printing business and want to utilize sublimation printing or you want to start using the process at home, it is important to know what materials you can use. Here are some tips for you:

– Polycotton textile

– Polymer

– Polyester

– Ceramic

– PVC

– Polyester-coated aluminum

– Polymer-coated metal

– Polyester-made fabric

– Polymer- coated plastic

 

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