The dye-sublimation is a growing trend for the customization of print fabrics by digital technologies. The heat sensitive inks printed on the dye sublimation transfer paper turn into gas under the influence of heat and are transferred on the fabric by a heat calender (oil heated). The inks are in this way fixed on the fibres of the fabric. The most popular fabrics today are polyesters, and to maintain the fabric's integrity the dye-sublimation method is the best one. Performance fabrics have been developed to evaporate sweat to the surface and are extremely durable, yet stretchy, light and in an abundant range of finishes.
This is not possible for materials such as cotton, paper or wool which scorch and burn when exposed to temperatures require to activate dye sublimation inks (typically 180°-200°C / 356° - 392° F).
Here are the top 5 reasons why heat calender is best for dye sublimation:
- Brilliant and vivid colours all the times: the colour penetrates deep into the fibre with the heat of the calender
- High quality printing: the details are accurately reproduced, the sublimated fabric is durable over time, can be washed several times while maintaining its characteristics intact. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use
- It does not have limits during production, it manages small to big volumes as well as single pieces (like fashion)
- Environment-friendly: textile is preferred to traditional PVC based graphics, especially for soft signage applications, because it is reusable, it can be folded and transported with ease
- A variety of textile choices: no need to dry nor treat after the dye-sublimation process
The textile applications made by dye-sublimation are many. From sports garments to bags and fashion to home textiles like curtains, cushions, etc, to soft signage for exhibition stands, shop decorations, and flags.
If you want to talk to the team about dye sublimation or about Flexa, drop us an email on Prajakta.firstname.lastname@example.org for more personalised discussions.