The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sublimation Heat Transfers

                            The Advantages and Disadvantages of Sublimation Heat Transfers

     sublimation process
     We can say that dye sublimation uses a gaseous process to transfer the image to the substrate. This process is triggered in the heat press. The substrate is a polymer coated item or synthetic fabric. The inks used to print dye sublimation transfers is special and often expensive. These sublimation inks can be used in many standard inkjet printers but once the printer is switched over to sublimation ink, it is impractical to go back. Therefore, a dedicated sublimation printer is needed for this process. There are also commercial sublimation printers available for purchase.

    sublimation printer
     The biggest benefit of this method is that there isn't any adhesive polymer layer that transfers to the shirt with the ink. It is only the ink in gaseous form that transfers to the substrates. This means no weeding is needed. The 50/50 garment or polymer coated object receives the image and becomes stable. Because it works on polymer coated items; things like mugs, plaques and many other products may be produced with sublimation. It also has a soft feel and it will never fade or crack on t shirts. On other items you cannot even feel the image because it is actually in the polymer coating. These are the reasons dye sublimation is so popular.
    sublimation results
     There are some disadvantages with sublimation. You can only work with light colored garments and novelty items. The sublimation ink is very transparent and thus will not have the opacity to cover darker items and using fabrics with a 50/50 mix of cotton and polyester, will result in color that looks dull and faded. Sometimes sublimation prints look soft as well. And finally the inks themselves are expensive.

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