The process of creating a Sublimation Textile begins with graphic design. Once the graphic for the garment has been created, an artist will output the design to a specialized transfer medium using a wide format industrial printer loaded with custom dye sublimation inks. Specialized computer software translates the color requests from the software to the printer and the Sublimation Textile image is printed for application.
Once the Sublimation Textile image is ready for transfer, an operator will flatten the garment or fabric with an industrial heat press. Industrial heat presses are either in a roll to roll format or a compression format. Once “ironed” the Sublimation Textile is than prepared for transfer. The transfer medium is placed in the desired location and the heat and pressure from the press are applied for a specified time and at a specified temperature. Each fabric has different temperature, time and pressure settings to achieve optimal results.
Even with large industrial equipment, the Sublimation Textile requires a good amount of human intervention and each Sublimation Textile is created one at a time. The cost structure for the equipment, inks, labor and time make it so that custom Sublimation Textiles are generally on the higher end of the spectrum for decorated garments.
Working with companies like AMBRO Manufacturing that specializes in over sized screen printing, jumbo screen printing and Sublimation Textile projects, you will be ensured that your project will go smoothly. Time spent in pre-project planning is essential to the desired outcome. With the nuances involved in Sublimation Textile projects, it’s important to have a conversation with your textile printing company and their team to ensure that you have everything squared away before one item is printed.
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