Dye sublimation is a method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester fabric.
Dye sublimation ink (refered to in some digital decorating circles as infusible ink) is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. The high temperature – from a heat transfer press – opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. The print then becomes part of the polymer.
Hard items including ceramics and metals require a special coating to accept the dye sublimation/infusible inks. However, you do not need any coating on 100% polyester items such as mouse mats and 100% polyester fabric. We stock a wide range of pre-coated sublimation imprintables and t-shirts.
Our high-quality dye sublimation inks are made especially for digital decoration and has excellent colour brightness and produces brilliantly crisp transfers.