The sublimation printing process involves the use of a coated film that is applied to many different types of materials. These materials are often paper, plastic and even metal. When this coating is applied to the item, it will create a layer of a colored material that is attached to it. This layer can be transparent and has an amazing amount of depth to it. When the user touches the item, it will appear as if it is just another piece of paper and may be able to pass right through one’s fingers. The image below is a photo submitted by a local business that was created using this technique.
These types of printers often utilize a method called dye sublimation printing. This is an effective technique that involves using a highly pressurized tank of liquid ink being pumped onto the item to be printed. The ink is able to adhere to the item at the exact location and it is also able to be adjusted by the computer in the printer. When this printing process occurs, the Inkjet Printer is able to produce thousands of high quality prints in just about an hour’s time. When the printing starts, the printer creates thousands of droplets of colored liquid ink onto the surface of the item.
Sublimation printing does not use heat transfer paper. Instead, the droplets of ink are created on a special micro fiber structure that allows them to heat up and fuse to the fiber. This type of heat transfer, or polyester film, is very similar to heat transfer paper, but it is much smaller. Heat transfer printers usually do not require heat-sensitive dyes and other additives, but the most common types of prints produced by these printers include text, photos, illustrations, block diagrams, and charts.
There are also several different types of printers that use sublimation printing. These are the LED (light emitting diode) format printer, the solid state drive (SSD) format printer, the infrared LED printer, and the photo quality LED printer. Some of these printers require different accessories, but most of them can be purchased with their own power supply, software CD, and printing cartridges.
The LED printer produces colorful images with its single color ink jet cartridge. Images are produced with sublimation printing in various resolutions. The highest resolution prints are produced when using the standard inks for printing. However, some printers now use dye-sublimation technology to produce prints with higher DPI. These prints can be made into any size, although some high quality 3D images do not accept this high resolution.
Some of the smaller printers do not require heat-sensitive inks because they use solid inks, which are not sensitive to temperature changes. In addition, many compact devices use electronic ink cartridges that have a limited run time and can be replaced easily. The printing time and quality of the prints depend on the type of print media that is used. Most of the compact printers accept almost any standard print media and can produce fine art, black and white, grayscale, and other quality prints.
Larger format sublimation printer print on a larger page size and deliver a greater level of detail. There is no need to use a heat press to print large format graphics like text, logos, and photos. The inks used in large format sublimation printers are solid and do not require a heat press to set or dry them. Since the inks are set in a rigid pattern on a solid paper, the graphic image is set on the page and heated so it doesn’t collapse while it is being printed.