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Sublimation Printers And Inks

Sublimation Printers And Inks

       

                   
                   

Sublimation Printers and Inks and How They Are Used

Sublimation printers and inks are what are most commonly used to print photos for heat imprinting onto t-shirts, mouse-pads and the like. These printers most commonly use CMYO (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Overcoating) colours, as opposed to the CMYK colours that are commonly used in the printers typically found in an office or home. The black dye found in CMYK colours is replaced in a sublimation printer with a clear over-coating. This over-coating is stored on the ribbon as well and provides a thin laminate over the picture, effectively protecting it from discolouration from UV light and air, while simultaneously making the print water-resistant.

Sublimation printers and inks are used to transfer dye onto medium materials such as card, paper, fabric or plastic. They are called sublimation printers because heat is used to transition the dye between the solid and gas states without allowing it to go through the liquid stage. Most commonly these printers are employed in producing photographic prints. The advantage of using sublimation printers and inks over the ink-jet style printers is simply that the photographs come off the printer completely dry. The sublimation printers dont make a mess and dont have as many moving parts to potentially break down, causing problems in production.

Sublimation printing is particularly useful for transferring images onto textiles, such as t-shirts. Unlike other methods, images transferred onto t-shirts this way permanently dye the fabric and will never peel off or fade. Not only that, but the colours are extraordinary! There are a few disadvantages as well; the chief among them being that sublimation printing is somewhat slower than inkjet printing. Sublimation printers and inks are, however, an excellent choice for certain industries and worth considering when looking for printers to boost your business.

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