What Is Dye Sublimation?
Dye sublimation is a printing method that uses ink and heat to transfer a design onto a material or fabric. Sometimes referred to as digital sublimation, dye sublimation is often used for adorning clothing, banners and signs. However, it can also be used on non-fabric products with sublimation-friendly surfaces such as specially coated plastics, card stocks or paper. The process of sublimation is one in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid dye, transforming it into a gas via an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase of matter. Technically it is possible that a semi-liquid state can be entered by some dye sublimation techniques, which actually makes those dye-diffusion methods, however for our purposes we are only discussing true dye sublimation.
Dye sublimation can be used on a variety of fabrics such as canvas and treated cotton. However, it is most easily applied to polyester blended fabrics. When the dye is heated onto the fabric, the polymers in the polyester encourage the inks to bond, which fully embeds the graphics into the material. When applied to clothing garments, ink is embedded directly into the fibers, making the design feel like part of the garment and rather than adhered to the surface.
Some SpeedPro Dye-Sub Applications:
(Unfortunately, we don’t offer clothing dye-sublimation)
Flags: They fly high and brand your company completely. There’s a reason that flags have been used for millennia to represent countries and factions on the battlefield.
Fabric Displays: Fabric displays come in many shapes and sizes. Our most popular display is called a “pillowcase” because the fabric graphic slides over the frame like a pillowcase and zips at the bottom. The freestanding display consists of custom dye sublimated fabric and a lightweight metal frames.
Tablecloths/Table Throws: Unlike traditionally imprinted table throws, dye sublimated table throws have limitless color options for your logo or graphic. SpeedPro has many size options to fit 4-, 6- and 8-foot long tables.
Backlit Fabric Displays: UV-resistant, long-life inks are pressed into the fabric. However, the factor that really sets these backlit graphics apart is, of course, the LED back-lighting.
Trade Show Counters: These feature quality countertops come in your choice of finish along with eye-catching graphics. In addition, dye sublimated fabric bordered by silicone edging makes it easy and quick to assemble the counter display.