DYE-SUBLIMATION | If you want to print on mugs, license plates and other popular hard surface items then Dye Sublimation printing is the answer!
Dye Sublimation, as a process is really very simple. It is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.
Dye-sublimation printing is a digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. It is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces.
In order to transfer the image from the paper to the substrate, it requires a heat press process that is a combination of time, temperature and pressure. The most common dyes used for sublimation activate at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print. Because the dyes are infused into the substrate at the molecular level, the prints will not crack, fade or peel from the substrate under normal conditions.