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How Dye Sublimation of Garments, Banners, and Signs Works

Dye Sublimation Printing of Polyester Fabric: Heat Transfer Printing for Fabric Banners, Signs, and Other Items

Question: Can you please describe how dye sublimation printing works? What kind of printer is used? Is it the same as heat transfer printing?

Answer: Wow! All very good and related questions to the dye sub and heat transfer printing of fabric, one of my favorite ways to print fabric and other items, although this answer will deal mostly with polyester fabric.

First, there are two types of sublimation printers. One uses ribbon so transfer color to a transfer paper,

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Pull Up, Roll Up, or Retractable Banners – What Materials are Used to Make Them?

What Materials are Used to Make Retractable, Roll up, or Pull up Banners?

Question: What are pull up, roll up, or retractable banner stands and banners made from – what materials, that is?

Answer: Depending on the banner stand, the exterior shell is usually aluminum or plastic (cheaper models will be plastic), the end caps are most often plastic, but some are aluminum, and the internal hardware is usually steel with plastic parts as well.

As far as the graphics, there are four main options.

The best quality in our view would be cloth fabric graphics,

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Dye Sub Printing File Resolution & Trade Show Exhibition Questions

File Resolution for Dye Sublimation Banner Printing and some Questions Answered Regarding Exhibiting in Trade Show Events

Question: For dye sub banner printing, what resolution do you need our files to be at?

Answer: Most files will print clearly full sized at 100dpi, or half-sized at 200dpi. In the dye sublimation printing process, because through heat and pressure the printing dye is converted to a gaseous state, a lower resolution file will yield a gorgeous print compared to the same dpi with digital inkjet printing. The result is similar to developing photographs from film or digital files.

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Indoor Vs. Outdoor Banners – Print Resolution for Fabric Banners

Indoor Vs. Outdoor Banners – Fabric Banner Printing File/Resolution

Question:  Is there any difference between outdoor and indoor banners?

Generally, a banner that can be used indoors can also be used out of doors. However, there are some differences in construction that should be noted if you know that your banner is going to be used out of doors.

With an indoor banner, we generally assume that there will be very little wind to affect the banner, so finishing can be done fairly simply, or not at all in the case of fabric banners.

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Dye Sublimation Printing – Benefits and Type of Fabric Used

The Fabric Suitable for Dye Sublimation Printing and the Pros of this Print Technology

Question: Do fabrics need to be 100% polyester for dye sub printing?

While you do need at least 60% polyester fabric to successfully dye sub print, it is better to use 100% polyester because you will attain a superior print if 100% of the fabric accepts the dye when it enters gas form and is inducted into the open polymer pores.

What you may not know is how this process works and why polyester fabric is the best product for dye sublimation,

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Dye Sublimation Printing on Snowboards and Cotton

Can You Do Dye Sublimation Pressing on Snowboard or Cotton Fabric Surfaces?

Question:  Is the dye sublimation printing process usable for printing snowboards?

Absolutely. Dye sublimation can be used on any surface where polymeric treatment of a substrate can be successful, from mugs to glass to snowboards.

Because it is the polymers that are the basis of dye sublimation, if a substrate can retain the polymeric treatment on its surface, that substrate can be dye sub printed. Plastics, glass, wood, stone, metal…anything with a smooth surface that will accept the various sprays available for treating a substrate in preparation of dye sublimate printing.

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How to Start Your Own Dye Sublimation Printing Company

What You Need to Start Up a Dye Sublimation Printing Service

Question: What equipment and supplies will I need to start doing dye sublimation printing?

First, decide what market you’re going to enter. Will it be mouse pads? Check out the competition. What is the Asian market selling mouse pads for, landed, in your market. They’ll be your primary competition for the larger orders. If you’re focusing on the smaller market orders with higher margins, research your local competition. What are they getting for the product?

If Printing on Mugs

If you’re going to focus on coffee mugs,

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Fabric Used in Dye Sublimation Printing of T-shirts

Is Polyester Fabric the Required Cloth for Printing T-shirts Through Dye Sublimation?

Question:  For T-shirts, is it mandatory to use polyester T-shirts/fabric with dye sublimation printing?

There has been a lot of experimentation with various natural fibers and mixed natural fibers (like the 50/50 cotton tee), and for the most part, it is best, when using true dye sublimation printing on fabric, to use polyester fabrics.

Some have reported success with the 50/50 cotton tees, but most prefer to use available digital printers that have the proper inks for adhering to cotton, or screen-print inks which are also formulated for cotton or 50/50 t-shirts.

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Dye-Sublimation Printing – Printers, Papers, and the Process

Using Dye-Sublimation Printers – Special Paper and the Process of Large Format Dye Sub Printing

Question:   What are Dye-sublimation printers used for?

Dye sublimation printers are used mainly for making prints on polyester fabric. The fabric can be used for clothing or advertising media, such as teardrop banners, “L” banners, hanging banners, flag banners, tradeshow displays, backdrops, X Banners, roll up or pop up banners, retractable banners, etc., etc.

Dye sublimation printing is different from other types of printing in that it uses dyes rather than ink, like inkjet or laser jet printers do.

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Dye Sublimation Printing Versus Screen Printing

How Dye Sublimation Differs from Screen Printing

Question: What is the difference between dye sublimation and screen printing?

The two styles of printing are markedly different. The similarities are that both are printed on substrates and both produce an image. Aside from that? Not so much.

The screen-printing process uses a very labor intensive set up that you don’t have with dye sublimation printing.

Screen Printing

I’ll walk you through the screen printing process as I know it quite intimately, since this is where I began my career in the graphics business.

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