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all about dye sublimation

This is a site about digital sublimation, for people who don’t have a any idea what sublimation is I will make a separate paragraph, for now I will talk about the ways you can sublimate, what you can sublimate and how you can sublimate.
Some tips & tricks of course and points where you have to look after, even the weather.

First of all the process of dye sublimation, a very easy explaining is that a rigid chemical thru heat sets itself over in gas which will migrate in any polyester substrate.
For more detailed information I will get back in a later chapter.

Sublimation in textile is the most common known, you take a special ink put on a peace of special paper and then heat it up and you have the most fabulous colors on your peace of polyester textile

So what do you need?
What to print
A printer* which can print with waterbased inks
Sublimation ink
Sublimation paper*
A heat press or calander

What to print?
Off course you have to make a business plan what you are going to make.
What you can sublime is about everything which has polyester in or on it and can stand a heat of about 200 °C or 390 °F.
For the rest you need your fantasy, there are all kinds of rigid medias, 3D medias, mugs, jerseys, pants, dresses etc. Every polyester textile you can use for sportswear shirts, or bike jerseys and you can go on and on with these articles. We don’t forget about flag production, but that is a very high cost industrial process, because of it’s investments.

A printer is a important part for digital sublimation process, this all depends how wide you will print and if you want to print directly on textile or if you want to print via transfer(paper printing).
The printer has to be capable to handle water based inks* but can be used on (eco) solvent printers, all kind of brands are available in alphabetical order Durst, Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland they have special sublimation printers but most of the printers of these brands can be used, up to 5 meter wide.

Sublimation inks are widely available, exually you should call them dye sublimation ink as described in the beginning. They have to be dye with a colorant, (it’s obvious that pigment for instance can’t dissolve in a gas).


Everything or almost everything about the dye sublimation prinetrs which can be used.


Inks is one of the most difficult part in the sublimation process, black is not always black and water is not always water


There are printers with cartridges direct filled with dye sublimation inks, but most printers need a refill cartridge or bulk system