Sublimation Printing and Heat Press Printing,The Difference Between Them

- May 04, 2019-

There are two major printing: sublimation printing and heat transfer printing, but do you know the differences between them? Here are some of their concepts to make you understand them better.

What is Sublimation Transfer Printing?

 The Popular Industry and Consumer Response to Sublimation Printing
Sublimation Printing
Sublimation printing also referred to as dye sublimation transfer printing is a printing method for transferring images onto a substrate (usually a cloth material such as polyester). Sublimation refers to a process where a substance moves from a solid to a gas state without ever being in a liquid state. Sublimation transfer printing normally involves the use of a digital printer to produce mirrored images on paper that has been specially coated with a transfer material.

What is Heat Transfer Printing?

 The Process of Sublimation Heat Transfer Printing
Heat Transfer Printing
Heat-transfer printing, also referred to as thermal printing, thermal transfer printing, and thermal-wax transfer, uses heat to transfer an image from wax to an object. Thermal-based printing methods work with pre-printed images on a single wax sheet or produce printed-on-the-fly images made by layering wax dye onto an object.

The Differences between Two Printing

1. Prints made by the sublimation technique, have permanent and realistic images which are having soft feelings on hands. When you use the heat transfer technique, heat is transformed through the light based paper and sticks on the fabric.
2. The sublimation method uses sublimation ink, while the heat transfer method uses pigment ink, dye ink, solvent ink, etc.
3. Though the heat transfer technology can be applied to all types of materials, mostly it works perfectly for the 100% cotton fabric. While the sublimation technology is widely used for polyester, banner, and a hard surface like a mug, aluminum pot, etc. kinds of materials.
4. The sublimation transfer printing uses less pressure and temperature than the heat transfer method & prints in less than 1 minute of time.
5. The objects with textile sublimation transfer printing have permanent, high-resolution printings which do not peel, while the prints through the heat transfer process are having some different appearance than the surrounding fabric.
6. The dye sublimation transfer printing machine has an easy setup process and also has a low cost of maintenance.
7. A dye sublimation printer has a longer lifespan than the heat transfer printing machines