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What Is Sublimation Printing?

on February 10, 2022

Sublimation printing is a fantastically efficient way to print very detailed graphics on solid objects or fabric materials. As a cost-effective commercial printing process, it can’t be beaten. But just what is sublimation printing, and how does it work?

Sublimation printing is a process that allows you to print a graphic on your desired object through heat. A sublimation printer turns ink into gas and uses sublimation printing paper to fuse the image onto its target, never having a liquid stage. This prevents any spills or leakages. It’s the most efficient process for printing onto fabrics, particularly polyester.

Sublimation is a permanent process, though quality and longevity are affected by the material used. For all-purpose printing, it is recommended that you use cotton dye sublimation paper. Walcar provides sublimation printers for commercial and personal use — both desktop and large-format varieties.

The stages of sublimation printing

Sublimation printing is quite a simple process. All you need is the right equipment.

  • Image selection — First, an image is selected for sublimation printing.
  • Printing paper — Your chosen image is printed on the appropriate sublimation printing paper cleanly and efficiently.
  • Heat — The sublimation printer then uses heat to move the image from the paper to the desired object.

Benefits of sublimation printing

There are several ways to utilise sublimation printers, and these depend on the material you print on. If you are looking to advertise or decorate your business, sublimation printing is a great way to do this efficiently.

For rigid surfaces such as glass, plastic, aluminium, tiles, canvases, and magnets, among others, you won’t need to worry about the graphics fading or peeling easily. This also makes sublimation printing a great way to create promotional giveaways for your business, or even just to create a unique item for a special occasion, like matching t-shirts for a family get-together.

Walcar — the sublimation printing experts

Printing a design is easier than ever with Walcar’s line of fantastic sublimation printers. Whether you need a low profile printer, a more elaborate setup or just some sublimation paper, Walcar has the solution.

For more information, or if you have any questions about sublimation printing, contact us today — our expert staff will be happy to help.
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