Sublimation printing is amazing.
It is a technique which allows printers to add permanent designs on virtually any material.
Many of our customers choose sublimation printing for the unique designs made possible. We choose it because it makes you a happy customer..
What is Sublimation Printing?
Sublimation printing is the use of sublimation to add ink to a medium or fabric. It is often used to print on materials which traditionally must either be etched or painted like coffee cups or similar non-fabric or non-paper items.
However, because of the permanence of the process, many are choosing sublimation for clothing and other apparel as well. To understand the process, we must first discuss sublimation.
What is sublimation?
Simply put, sublimation is the use of heat to transfer ink to a material. However, it is more than that.
In its natural state, ink is a liquid. It is applied to a material and left to dry, changing it from a liquid to a solid. In this state, it is often subject to cracking and peeling if simply printed onto a material.
Sublimation takes the process further into the molecular realm. The process starts by converting ink to a gas. This is done by heating it until the ink vaporizes. Then, the ink is added to a special paper from which the design will be transferred.
The the inks are specially-designed to allow this process. But most important, the sublimation printer is designed to contain the now gaseous ink. At this point, the magic can happen.
Sublimation printing on materials
Sublimation printing on cloth is easy. The ink, which is a gas, is readily absorbed by the fibers of the fabric, leaving a beautiful, lasting yes, permanent design.
Sublimation on other materials is a bit trickier. In the case of very non-porous materials like painted coffee cups and plastics, the process both heats the ink and to some small degree, the material to which the ink is to be added.
It is kind of like welding, where the welding rods get hot but so does the surface to which the weld will adhere. This makes the bond that much tighter. Sublimation is like that.
Of course, the heat is not nearly as high as with welding. Sublimation only requires temperatures between 350 and 400 degrees.
Clark’s Custom Creations Sublimation
At Clark’s Custom Creations, we love sublimation. It allows us to create truly one-of-a-kind designs.
Our customers love it because it allows them to show off their one-of-a-kind designs.
If you have something you would like customized, fabric or not, or would like to order interesting items for your business, let’s get talking about your project now.