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What is the sublimation printing process ?

The process of transferring images onto a substrate which is usually a cloth material such as polyester is referred to as dye sublimation printing process.

The process where a substance moves from a solid to a gas state without ever being in a liquid state is what refers to the sublimation process.

There is generally the use of a digital printer to produce mirrored images on paper that has been specially coated with a transfer material when it comes to sublimation printing.

The application of inks on the surface and all this is being done of heat press so as to provide the right combination of heat, time and pressure, is what sublimation printing is referred to as.

The heating process

The substrate is exposed to temperatures from 350 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit as the transfer paper typically is placed on to a heat press.

The ink and the transfer material is then moved into the gas state through this. The ink and the transfer material permeate through the fibers of the substrate material once they are in a gas state.

Ink transfer and bonding

The ink that has permeated the substrate fibers solidified and is locked permanently into place by the transfer material when the heat is removed from the transfer paper and substrate. The images should never be subject to deterioration beyond that of the substrate itself assuming the procedure correctly.





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