3 Things You Should Know About Dye Sublimation
By Randy Anderson, Product Marketing Manager-MUTOH AMERICA INC
- Getting started in Dye Sublimation is not difficult.
- Dye sublimation is limited only by your imagination.
- Only coated substrates can be used in the dye sublimation process.
- You will need the right printer and heat press.
- MUTOH has a full range of printers for any size dye sublimation project or business.
A dye–sublimation printer is a printer which prints dye sublimation inks either onto an ink receptive paper or direct to coated polyester fabrics.
Why is this cool?
It’s cool because you can do so much with this process. The applications are limitless, and we will show you that in our next section.
The other reason it is cool is that it’s not that hard to get started. Of course, you need the right printer and that choice can vary significantly. We’ll show you some guidelines to help you there. You’ll also need a way to transfer the dye from the sublimation media to your substrate. Typically, that is a heat press or calendar of some kind. You’ll also need to consider what applications you’ll try to create.
So, let’s start with some basics.
Want to make clothing, sportswear, and swimsuits – dye sublimation to polyester fabric. Clothing accessories? Belts Buckles, pins, scarves, hats, caps, and neckties – there is a dye sublimation application and blanks for all of those.
Anything that can be coated with polyester or a suitable dye sub receptive coating & subjected to the heat of dye-sub can become a dye-sub creation.
Bags, purses, phone and pad cases and covers, custom tennis shoes (and of course socks) for your clothing or unique flip-flops to go with your swimsuit, dye sublimation can do that and more.
Want to create custom flooring or wall tiles with either a design or photo – dye sublimation on coated tiles. Want some custom curtains or maybe some custom upholstery to match or accent your custom floor or tiles, there is a dye sublimation application for that.
Want some custom plates or coffee mugs to fit in the kitchen with your custom tiles, you might even want some custom coasters for that mug, you can store those next to a cutting board with custom, towels, aprons and baby bibs.
Awards and personalized gifts, and so many, many more, with more coming out every year.
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