Dye Sublimation Paper Printing Process

  • What does dye sublimation paper printing mean in simple terms?
    In short, dye sublimation is a printing process that actually embeds ink in the substrate, not just printing on the top layer. In the event industry, this usually refers to the fabric graphics commonly found in trade show booths. Although this is too simplistic, it is a quick summary that most people are really interested in. The following are practical steps to provide a better understanding of the dye sublimation printing process.

     

    The working principle of sublimation printing process:
    1. Use liquid sublimation ink to print artwork on special transfer paper

    1. Let the ink dry on the paper
    2. Then align the transfer paper on top of the required substrate (poly fabric)
    3. The transfer paper and the fabric are heat pressed together
    4. During the hot pressing process, the sublimation ink on the transfer paper evaporates into gas
    5. Then the gas transfers from the paper to the pores of the fabric and combines with the underlying material
    6. Remove the graphics from the heat source and discard the transfer paper
    7. After cooling, the final product of tacky sublimation paper is a vibrant dyed fabric that is resistant to fading, abrasion and cracking