The sublimation printing process

So how does sublimation work?  Sublimation printing uses heat to essentially bring ink and product together as one.

First, a design is printed onto special paper. The inks that are used turn into gas when brought under heat, then combine with the product and permanently print onto the fabric. The effects are permanent and less prone to fading, as the ink is embedded in the product rather than simply laying on top like a normal print.

The process is almost like a tattoo, but instead of for your skin, it’s for your chosen product. The heat opens up the pores of the fabric, then with the applied pressure the ink cools and returns to a solid form.

The result is a permanent, full colour image that won’t crack, peel or wash away from the substrate. The process allows the ink to go from a solid to a gas without turning to liquid, a bit like dry ice. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure.

This quick and effective digital print method is growing in popularity for smaller batch orders and those designs that rely on the details. Sublimation printing is also known as ‘all over printing’ as it allows you to choose a design that can literally go from seam to seam.

Theres an ever growing list of items that can be sublimated but at Blackdown we tend to focus and a few key areas:

Drinkwear (Mugs, Flasks, Water Bottles etc) 
Homewear (Cutting boards, clocks)
Promotional Goods (Key rings, magnets, mouse mats, tote bags)
Signage (Metal signange with full colour photographic quality artwork)

There can be real cross over between may of the processes we offer you give us a call on 01823 802165 and we can advise which process works best for your application 

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