How we print
As the name of the process suggests, dye-sublimation DYES the design into the fabric so there is absolutely no feel to the print and it will not crack, peel off or deteriorate in any way with normal wear and tear.
The dye-sublimation process uses special ink which is applied to a polymer surface under high heat and pressure. At a temperature of about 200C dye-sublimation ink is immediately transformed into gas; the heat also opens up the pores of the fabric allowing the gas to seep in. When the heat is removed and the temperature drops the sublimation ink turns back into a solid form and the polymer pores close "trapping" the ink within the polymer. If done correctly, the image will not fade, crack or deteriorate because it becomes part of the substrate itself.
Because during dye-sublimation process the fabric is printed at about 200C, it's important to make sure the fabric is suitable for this process and will not shrink, yellow or deteriorate an any other way.
We work with a wide variety of fabrics - some, we import ourselves, some is locally manufactured or sourced from renowned suppliers. Whatever your needs are, we can help you to choose what's best for your particular project.
The choice of dye-sublimation fabrics is vast; however, this process doesn't work on cotton or any other natural fabrics. The most vibrant printing results are achieved on 100% synthetic fabrics. Poly/cotton blends can only be used if you want to achieve a vintage or distressed look to your prints - the print will only work on the polyester part of the blend, so the higher % of natural fiber in the blend, the more faded will be the print.
Some fabrics suitable for dye-sublimation are satin, chiffon, Spandex or Lycra-rich polyester and nylon, polyester canvas, polyester suede, sports mesh, a variety of performance fabrics like CoolDry, acetate silk and microfiber. We also print on polyester jersey fabric which looks and feels surprisingly like cotton jersey, with the added bonus of permanent moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial and anti-stain performance properties
We print on fabrics for a wide range of applications:
fashion, street and swimwear,
sports and corporate uniforms,
advertising displays and banners...
Even if you think your product or idea is pretty unique and you don't know how to go about it - talk to us, we will see how we can make it happen for you.