Dye-Sublimation Printing & You

Posted by Elbot on 10/8/2012

What is Dye-Sublimation Printing?

The PersonalThrows Sublimation Printer inbetween Ink Bottles.

Dye-Sublimation printing is a process that employs heat to transfer dye onto a medium (e.i.: fabric, plastic). Our printer begins by printing a reverse of the desired image onto a heat resistant transfer paper, which is then transferred onto fabric (typically polyester or a hybrid of polyester an another fabric) in a heat press operating at a temperature around 180 to 210 C (375 F). Under high temperature and pressure, the dye turns into a gas and permeates the fabric and then solidifies into its fibers. The fabric is permanently dyed so it can be washed without damaging the quality of the image.

The dye does not build up on the fabric, and the final image will not peel or fade. Likewise, a wider variety of tones and colors are possible through this process that aren't available in others.

What You Can Do With It..

This is one of the heat presses we use to sublimate images onto blankets and other surfaces.

It goes without saying that there are a wide range of uses for sublimation printing, and photo blankets are only one of many possibilities. One of the only requirements is that the final surface for a design to be sublimated onto be made from a synthetic material, such as polyester. This is why most of our printed blankets are made from poly/cotton materials - as it allows the dye to transfer to the fabric with much ease. It's possible to sublimate upon most any surface or fabric that contains polyester in some amount.

We Want to Hear Your Ideas.

One of our finished blankets in studio.

We're always looking to expand the number of innnovative and unique products we offer. So, we want to hear from YOU. Take a moment and think about what you'd like to see us print on next. Also consider the types of surfaces we can print on.

So, what will it be? Photo Pants? Photo Wigs? If you think you've come up with the next big thing for us to sublimate on, then let us know and email your idea to contact@personalthrows.com.