How does it work?
The inks used in the sublimation process are quite unique in their ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Think dry ice) The conversion is initiated by heat and is controlled by pressure and time to sublimate transfer the graphic from the sublimation papers onto any sublimation ready surface, such as polyester fabrics.
What is the process?
Artworks and designs are printed digitally onto special dye sublimation papers with the use of specially made dye sublimation inks. These papers are then run through a large heat press machine, along with the chosen fabric to be sublimated together. In order to transfer the image from the paper to the chosen fabric, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The heat press applies this special combination, which can change depending on the fabric chosen, to “transfer” the sublimation dyes at the molecular level into the fabric.
The result of the sublimation process is a permanent, higher resolution, which
enables a more detailed full colour print. Because the dyes are infused into the fabric at the molecular level, rather than applied at a topical level (such as with screen printing and direct to garment printing), the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the fabric under normal conditions.