Sublimation Printing & Pressing

What is Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing is the application of sublimation inks onto a surface using a heat press to provide the required combination of heat, time and pressure.

This combination causes the inks to be converted from a solid to a gaseous state enabling them to penetrate the sublimatable surface so that a permanent, full colour image is formed. The colour penetrates the surface of the item so that the result is colourful, long lasting and resistant to scratching unlike some other printing methods that merely print onto the surface of the item.

Dye sublimation printing is always done on a polyester, polymer, or polymer coated item. At high temperatures, the solid dye converts into a gas without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. It has now become a part of the polymer.

For this reason true dye sublimation cannot be done on natural materials such as 100% cotton. Natural fibres and non-coated materials have no “pores” to open.

**** Information **** T-Shirts / Aprons / Pillowcases / Cushions / Baby Vests etc

These are all printed using sublimation, these inks are pushed into the fabric, they can be washed as normal, they won’t fade or crack as these are not iron on transfers, and can be ironed as normal on the printed side.

Ceramic Mugs

These images are pressed into the top layer of the mug, the images won’t fade or scratch off. Ceramic Mugs can be used in the dishwasher and the microwave.

Polymer (Plastic) Mugs

These are perfect mugs for those little ones, these are made from tough Polymer, so these will bounce on the floor rather than break when accidents occur. These are also a brilliant idea for camping etc. These can hold a hot drink. But these can’t be used in the dishwasher or the microwave

Metal Clocks

These fabulous quality square aluminium clock with rounded corners, supplied with clock mechanism which includes wall hanger and and robust plastic hands in black. These clocks are 0.5mm thick sublimation metal, and come in 2 sizes  28 cm sq and 19cm sq.

 

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