Sublimation printing is a very common printing technique nowadays. You can sublimate with a sublimation printer at your home without going to market. If you want to design shirts for your football team, you can do it simply with your sublimation printer and heat press machine at your home or office.
Sublimation printing can be performed on numerous materials. You just need a sublimation printer, sublimation paper, sublimation ink, and a heat press machine. A sublimation printer is not a specially designed printer it is just an ordinary inkjet or laserjet printer that can be used for sublimation printing by inserting sublimation ink and paper. Sublimation ink is special type of ink for dye sublimation printing. Sublimation ink performs different functionality than ordinary ink.
First of all printer prints your desired design on sublimation paper which will dries within a moment. After that ink present on sublimation paper in solid form transforms into gaseous form without passing through the liquid form with help of heat and pressure applied with heat press machine. In this way, the ink becomes part of the desired material.
Sublimation printing gives a smooth surface of printed material or fabric. There is no additional design layer on that material and design ink became the part of the material. While other printing types make an additional layer of design on the material.
First question which flash in our mind is that what type of material we can sublimate or what can you sublimate?
There a number of material types that you can sublimation print with your favorite designs.
- Tshirts and shirts
- Mouse pads
- Phone cases
- Laptop cases
- Bed sheets
- Pet harness
- Laptop accessories
- Leather accessories, Keychains
- and other décor items etc.
You can choose sublimation as business and make money from it. The profit margin in the sublimation printing business is high. Because for sublimation, you need blank items like blank mugs, blank shirts, and other blank items. They have low cost as a blank after sublimation you can sell it on your own rates. Over all cost of printing is also very low.
Fabrics consisting of 100 percent cotton can’t be sublimate. 100 percent polyester consisting fabrics give outstanding sublimation prints. A blend fabric of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton can be use for sublimation printing. White color sublimation blanks provide the most vibrant and sharp colored sublimation printing. Light color sublimation blanks can be used for sublimation.
Different polymers containing surfaces can be use for sublimation printing e.g. business cards, invitation cards, identity cards, notebooks, license cards, etc.
What types of material can you sublimate on?
Fabrics containing a blend of polyester and cotton, ceramics, polymer and other materials can be sublimated.
can we sublimate dark color fabrics?
Yes, dark color fabrics can be sublimated but they will not give a vibrant and brighter design look.
what color shirt can i sublimate on?
For the purpose of sublimation print on shirt or any other apparel the best sublimation blank is white color shirt.
What leather can I sublimate on?
Yes, Leather can be sublimated. Commercially tanned leather of bags, earrings, key chains, wallets, and other items can be sublimated with the sublimation process.
Can you sublimate on 100% cotton?
No, 100 percent pure cotton can not be sublimate. In case it sublimates but it will not long last as much as a sublimation print remains. A blended mix of polyester and cotton can be sublimate.
Can you sublimate on any T shirt?
You can sublimate T-Shirt or any Shirt containing 100 percent polyester or blend of polyester and cotton.
Can I sublimate on glass?
Yes, you can sublimate even a glass.