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Sublimation ink is a special kind of ink used for dye sublimation printing. It converts from a solid form directly to a gas form without going through the liquid form, and then transfers into the sublimation coating on a sublimation blank. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled by pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiberboard, metals, etc. require a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. You must purchase the mugs, tiles, metals, etc. with the coating already on them, which are not something you can coat yourself. We carry a full line of sublimation blank items. When you do sublimation printing on 100% polyester, you do not need any coating. It applies directly to the 100% polyester fabric.
For mug printing, you can choose mug press, multi-function press, vacuum press, etc., depending on what kind of mug you're printing.
A heat press is a machine that presses a transfer onto an imprint able substrate. Using high temperatures and heavy pressures for a certain amount of time, the transfer is permanently embedded into the product. Heat presses are recommended for professional and satisfying results simply because standard laminating devices and home hand irons can not get even near the temperatures required for a reliable transfer. Standard transfers require anywhere from 375? to 425? F demand serious force in pressing often from 40-80 psi. These temperatures and pressures are simply not possible with other heated devices. BestSublimation recommends BestNew Heat Presses because they are simply the best. best new Heat Presses have been the backbone of literally thousands upon thousands of businesses over the past 4 decades, providing a reliable workhorse of a product that stands up to the demands of imprinting business, manufacturing, and personal use.
Computer: PC or MAC with as much memory as you can afford and plenty of disk space. Currently the color correction software for the smaller format printers mainly work with PC’s but this is expected to change in the next few weeks. Graphics software: In order to be compatible with any of the small format color correction software packages you will need either Adobe Photoshop. Other packages like Paint Shop Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Xara Studio, etc. will work for some of the color correction software and of course if you will be doing color correction by hand you can use anything you like. Printer: There are a variety of printers to choose from depending on your needs. The printer you choose must be compatible with the inks/toners/ribbons that are available, not all printers will work with dye sublimation. Heat: Most of the time this refers to a heat press but there are some alternatives. If you are looking to start out with mugs, you can purchase mug wraps that work in your home oven. There are also tile and plate presses that also work in your home oven. If you are going to be doing soft products like mouse pads, shirts, hats, etc. you will need a heat press. Dye sublimation: In my opinion the differences in inks are much more extensive then in toners. There are a few different dye sublimation inks on the market today and within the next few weeks or months there may be many more. Paper: The best thing is to start off with using whatever paper is recommended by the ink manufacturer. Once you have experience with the process you can then venture out and try different papers. You will also need inexpensive blank paper to lay over your transfer paper to keep the sublimation off of your press. Some people use Teflon sheets but I find that paper works better. Blank Products: This could be another complete article so basically check to make sure that the product you purchase is for the type of sublimation you are doing especially when it comes to ceramic products. We supply all this.
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