Digital sublimation printing also known as “dye sub” printing, or simply “sublimation”, is a full colour digital print technology that works with polyester substrates and polymer coated substrates.
The sublimation dyes are carried via liquid ink or gel ink through a piezo-electric print head and deposited on a high-release inkjet paper to then be transferred onto the substrate.
The print technology requires a combination of time, temperature and pressure to “transfer”, the sublimation then dyes into the polyester molecules on the substrate from the high-release inkjet paper. The conventional equipment for sublimation transfer is a heat press.
The result of this process is a virtually permanent full colour, high resolution print that will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.
Digital sublimation printing works on light coloured, polyester or poly coated substrates, Athletic textiles and sports performance apparel are some of the main product categories.