Sublimation printing is a unique printing method that utilizes heat to transfer dye onto fabric or other materials. It is becoming more popular as the designs are lasting and they maintain the comfort of the fabric. Here are 5 fun facts that you probably do not know:
1. The History
A French researcher Noel de Plasse invented it in 1957 when he observed that dyes sublimate, and he could manipulate it for printing while working for a textile company in France. He continued to develop the process and eventually founded a new company titled Sublistatis SA to commercialize this technique.
2. Sublimation Process
The process used solid ink instead of liquid ink, primarily used in inkjet and laser printing. The solid ink is first heated, then imprinted to the fabric or desired product. At this point, the image will transfer to the material. As a result, the picture becomes a part of the material and cannot be felt by touching the fabric of the sublimatable part.
3. It is a versatile printing method
It does not require plates and allows full customization digitally on your computer. This method is performed on a polyester, polymer, or polymer-coated item. You can apply your design to various products such as home decor, sports apparel, keepsake items, and so much more.
4. It is affordable
With the diversity of equipment needed and the multi-step process, dye sublimation printing was once expensive and intimidating. At present, the technology has improved, and the market has expanded. As a result, there are more choices for people and equipment costs are dramatically reduced.
5. It is better for the environment
Not only does sublimation yield high-quality products, but it is also better for the environment. While other printing methods involve a liquid stage that requires a significant amount of water, sublimation uses little water. Finally, sublimation printing produces very little waste and uses less ink.