Dye Sublimation printing technology leading fashion, fitness, sportswear trend

From 2004-09, dye-sublimation printing technique was nascent and it generated great attention between 2011 and 2015. According to reports, during the first quarter of 2016, 834 million square meters of fabric was printed digitally using this printing technology and this is set to continue to rise and the numbers are expected to become 892 million square meters or more by 2021. With a growth rate of 18.4%, this printing technique has proved to have great potentials and estimated to become a €3 billion industry by 2021.
The major end-use segments that have exploited this technology are household (upholstery, carpets and rugs), garments, technical textiles (automotive, bags, umbrellas, sports equipment and other accessories) and technical and visual communications (signage and displays). Apart from the four segments, garment segment currently contributes to 75% of the market share and this too is expected to rise.

The fashion and clothing industry is itself transforming due to the rising popularity of online shopping and demand for fast-fashion. The change in consumer behavior and the pressure from fashion lovers for garments that help to showcase one's unique personality and sense of style has greatly contributed in the popularity of sublimation clothing. Not only the fashion industry but even the active-wear and sports apparel industries have taken great liking for this novel printing since it provides vast opportunities for customization with practically no design limitations.
Retailers, promotional clothing buyers and sports enthusiasts are always on the lookout for apparel and accessories that are fashion-forward, on-trend while at the same time comfortable and functional. Sublimated clothing provides all that and more. Dye-sublimation apparel features crisp, neat and clear prints and designs and the colors are brighter. The ink is infused with the fabric and does not interfere with the quick drying and breathable properties of the fabric. Even after multiple washes, the garment still retains its youthful vigor. Fashion has recently started interest in this printing technique but sports and fitness clothing as well as uniforms have been exploiting this technology since its arrival.
Sportspersons today enjoy a celebrity-status and that puts an added pressure on their shoulders. They not only have to perform their best but also look good for the cameras! Dye-sublimation makes customization possible and that paves the way for better sports clothing that are made from technical fabrics and designed with the name and number of the players, name of the sponsors, club or team name and such other details.

Bulk production of sublimation clothing has more than doubled in 2016 because it is cost-effective, saves time and makes use of every inch of the garment, if need be. If you were unsure about investing in sublimated apparel, hopefully you won't be anymore!

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What is Banding in sublimation printing and how to avoid it?

Have you ever had the colors on your finished sublimated product come out wrong? Do you know what ghosting is and what causes it? Can humidity affect quality? Is all polyester apparel created equally? Though sublimation is a fairly simple process, problems can happen. The key to avoiding quality issues is in knowing what causes them so you can steer clear of potential disaster.
Today, we will introduce what's Banding in sublimation printing and how to avoid this problem.

Like it or not, ink dries out over time. if this happens inside the print heads, then obviously the flow of ink will be inhibited, which results in streaks of missing ink on the printout, then banding appears.
As long as you are printing on a regular basis---at least several times per week, the ink will not have an opportunity to dry out. but for a long stretches of time with no printer activity, you could have issues.

The simplest way to deal with this is to run a small quantity of ink through the heads on a routine basis, by using the head cleaning function of your printer. In the case of Virtuoso and Ricoh printers, this is done for you automatically, as long as you leave the printer powered up. However, for Epson SC F-series printers you will need to perform a manual head cleaning every few days, which means pushing a button.
For those of you who have a short term memory, there are some software programs available that will prompt your printer to perform a head cleaning at specified intervals. You set it up and it does the work as long as you leave everything powered up!
Banding has some other causes besides just clogged heads, such as running out of ink. Before you start going crazy with troubleshooting, make sure you still have plenty of ink in your system.
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How to solve sublimation patches white line during printing?

One of the most common inkjet printer faults is white lines showing up on your prints. This problem looks like someone has spilt Tip-Ex over your documents and isn’t the kind of thing you showing up on presentation handouts or school essays.

1) Run the clean program on your printer
White lines will typically start appearing on your print outs due to a clogged up printer head.
Your first port of call when solving this problem is to run the cleaning program on your printer, which should be accessible through its settings menu.
Can’t find the settings menu? Try looking in the ‘devices and printers’ options on your computer or, if your printer has a front-facing LCD screen, you should be able access the option through here.
After running the cleaning cycle, test whether it has worked by printing out favorite piece of GCSE coursework or a few cherished family photos.
Running repeat cleaning cycles one after the other is to be avoided, as this will only further clog the printer head with sublimation ink.

2) Remove the ink cartridge for cleaning yourself
If the cleaning program was unsuccessful, don’t panic. What this does mean is that you’ll need to check the printer cartridges themselves for any damage.
Open up the print cartridge door on your printer and carefully remove the cartridges one by one while looking for cracks or leaks.
If you spot any serious cracks or faults with a cartridge, you’re going to have to buy a new one. To avoid this being a huge drain on your wallet, we’ve created a guide to who sells the cheapest printer ink.
With any luck, your cartridge will only be suffering from a dried ink blockage. In this case, gently clean the head of the cartridge with a cloth to get rid of any stray globules of ink; a cotton bud will also do the job.
While you’ve got your marigolds on, check the inside of your printer for ink spillages and be sure to clean those too. This will help with to avoid any smudges when printing in the future.
Once this is all over, run a cleaning cycle on your printer and try checking the results with a few test pages.
Hopefully this spells salvation for your formerly clogged up printer. If not, get in touch with its manufacturer fro extra assistance.

3) Extra tips for fixing your printer
If your prints are looking faded, instead of suffering from white lines, it may be time to replace your ink cartridges. The less ink there is to print with the more likely your prints are to be lacking in color.

To remove blur from your photos or recalibrate the exposure and contrast of your prints, check your computer’s printer settings where you’ll be able to make the adjustment.
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Dye-sublimation printing benefits to print vibrant fabric graphics.

Dye sublimation printing technology reproduces images perfectly from software but need a appropriate substrate. not every kind textile medium can be heat transferred by dye sublimation.
The ink transfer mechanism is fundamentally different to that used in solvent printing, making dye-sublimation printing ideal for some applications but not others. Here's what you need to know.

The solvent printing process is based on ink-jet technology. Ink sprays through microscopic nozzles onto the print media where it forms tiny dots, (like old newspaper photos, but on a much smaller scale.) Dye-sublimation printing works differently. It uses heat to vaporize the sublimation ink, transferring it from sublimation paper to the substrate. That heat comes from a print head composed of many small elements. The temperature of each one is controllable, with more heat resulting in greater ink transfer and more intense color. Unlike with solvent-printing, dye-sublimation printing produces continuous tone images making it particularly suitable for fabric graphics.

To be successful, dye-sublimation printing needs a polyester-based substrate. Polyester textile materials or media with a polyester coating work well, the heating helping the ink bond to the polyester fibers. The popular materials listed below deliver exceptional results with dye-sublimation printing:

  • Printing on polyester and polymmid(Lycra, Nylon)fabrics used in sportswear and outdoor wear in general. 
  • Printing on mixed synthetic fabrics(min 60% of synthetic fibres) used in sportswear and outdoor wear in general. 
  • Printing on plastic substrates used in the manufacturing of sport equipment such as ski, snowboard, skateboard, windsurf, etc
  • Printing on every substrates (wood, cermics, glass) overprinted with polyester-based or polyammid-based coatings.

The print head DX-5/7 from the Epson perform well in dye-sublimation printing processes. For the highest quality images from dye-sublimation printing, consider using this high performance substrate.

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How to identify the quality of sublimation ink?

Sublimation printing has become a popular method for printing images on T-shirts, mugs and even tiles. They are used all around the world because of the premium quality of images that it produces. This quality of images largely depends upon the quality of ink used during the printing process. A good quality ink will not only improve the quality of print, it will also help you get the most out of your money. So before you purchase sublimation ink for your industrial printer, following things should be considered.

There are the two most important criteria to differentiate thermal transfer printing ink, the first is ink purity, the second is ink fluency. Ink purity decided color saturation, degree of reduction of the image transfer. Fluency decided print quality and paper continuous length. Therefore, good ink is required to ensure ink purity and fluency, this is the identification of the most important indicators of the ink. According to the production standard ink, usually ink dye particle size is not greater than 0.1 m, below this standard will be prone to block printer, the ink quality is compromised.

In addition to these two important indicators, dye precipitation problems can affect the quality of the ink, it could seriously affect the quality and stability of the ink. If the ink has precipitation phenomenon, shake well before use.

In addition, quality ink is almost no color problem, but the poor quality of ink will often color problem, even it can damages print heads. This can distinguish quality of ink.

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A further understanding about dye sublimation printing technology

Dye-sublimation printing has become the go-to technology for digitally printed fabrics. However, it’s not suitable for every fabric, nor is it suitable only for textile printing. Let’s have a closer look at dye-sublimation printing.

A key perhaps to understanding dye sublimation is understanding what sublimation is. As you probably recall from high school chemistry or physics, sublimation is the physical process whereby a substance transitions from the solid phase directly to the gas phase without first passing through the liquid phase. The emblematic example of sublimation in action is dry ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide which immediately become a gas at room temperature. Sublimation takes place because of heat, because of pressure, or both.

The opposite of sublimation is called deposition, the process by which a gas transitions directly into a solid without first becoming a liquid. Examples of this are snowflakes and frost, which is the result of water vapor (a gas) becoming a solid without first condensing into liquid water.

How does this work in the context of dye-sublimation printing? As you well know, an ink comprises two basic elements: a colorant, which is a pigment or a dye, and a vehicle, which is a liquid that is used to transport the colorant to the substrate. It’s common to think of dyes as liquids and pigments as solids, but actually both are solids, and the real difference between them is solubility (among many other things). Generally speaking, dyes and dyestuffs are soluble in water and other solvents, while pigments are not.

So, in traditional (if we can use that term at this stage) dye-sublimation printing, the ink consists of solid dye particles in a liquid suspension, usually water-based. The dye-sublimation printer transfers the ink to a transfer medium, usually paper. The sublimation paper has a special coating that will not only accept this ink, but also facilitate its release in the next step of the process. It should also be noted that the image is printed in reverse on the transfer paper.

The next step, variously called fixation or outgassing, involves a heat press, which can either be rotary or flatbed. Usually the term heat press refers to flatbed devices used for the fabric equivalent of sheets, while the term calender is used to refer to a fixation unit used with rolls.

In the heat press, the printed transfer paper is brought into contact with the fabric that is to be imaged. If you are planning to print on a stretchy material, you may get better results by using a tacky transfer paper that will adhere slightly to the fabric so that it won’t shift during fixing and cause blurring, ghosting, or other imaging imperfections.

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Sublimation transfer paper using technology---sublimation paper printing

What we should pay more attention during sublimation inkjet printing?
When transfer printing, we should ensure printing environment humidity between 45%~70% RH. if the air is too dry, heat transfer paper is easy to wrap, and then make paper not smooth, damage print heads.if the air is too wet which can make sublimation paper not fast dry. so steady printing environment can make sure good quality inkjet printing.

Furthermore, placed in the transfer paper to the printer when you want to take a good fine cloth gloves, to prevent the transfer paper surface is dirty fingerprints.

Besides, we should confirm which side of sublimation paper should be printed? our sublimation paper has perfect coating, generally use your finger dip in water and touch paper, the sticky side is print side.

In the print side of the winding side of the case, according to the amount of ink printed patterns, open the printer's heater and set the appropriate temperature, air-dried or open an external device. To ensure that the process will not rolling back of the stain in order to avoid damage printing pattern.

After we print on paper with inkjet printer, another question occurs that how can we deal with these printed paper? some tips as blow:
a) Printed transfer paper, try to do rolling storage.
b) Printed transfer paper,put into plastic bags loosely, and don't tie it, let sublimation ink fast dry.
c) Printed transfer paper is best stored in low humidity environment (humidity ≤55% RH; temperature 15-30 ℃), which benefits to evaporate water.
d) Printed transfer paper, generally should be heat transferred after one hour later, let it dry before you can go to the transfer, if the transfer went without drying, the paper water turns to vapor at high temperatures which can interfere with the effect of the transfer, so that there is mist, color and so on.(If the print immediately after the transfer will result in the transfer rate.)

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Sublimation transfer paper using technology---Transfer paper storage

Firstly, let's talk about the composition of sublimation paper. the top layer is coating layer which is used to absorb sublimation ink and separate ink from paper.the middle layer is base paper, and the ground layer is anti-curl coating layer.

Our company has been trying our best to improve the print performance of sublimation inkjet paper from raw materials choosing to the coating line.
Sublimation Inkjet transfer paper using method introduction:
Transfer paper storage.
a) when the customer received the transfer paper, firstly they should check whether products has been damaged during transportation:
① check sublimation transfer paper and plastic bags packaging cartons moisture.
② boxes severely deformed, flattened rolls.
③ packaging cartons perforation, puncture transfer paper, etc., which all may affect the ink-jet printing.
b) Shelf Life of inkjet sublimation transfer paper is seven months.

c) Sublimation transfer paper should be placed away from direct sunlight, keep it in a cool dry place, such as can be placed in air-conditioned room with a constant temperature and humidity better. Ideal storage conditions are a relative humidity of 40-70% RH, temperature 10-30 ℃, horizontal stacked on pallets, in order to avoid moisture. Stacked as a pyramid shape, or stacked according to size wide apart, stacked layers should not exceed the limits of the outer carton label, usually not more than 5 layers.

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Why our inkjet printer print head clogging and how to solve it?

Print head is the core of digital printer. Fei Yue Paper Inc. as a Chinese professional sublimation paper and ink manufacturer. we always meet these users who have requirements like "we need sublimation ink which can not blocks print head, i need sublimation paper which does not rub my print head." of course, we can promise our sublimation ink particle is less than 300nm(<0.3um). our sublimation paper is fast dry and anti-curled.
So what factors result in print head clogging? i have concluded as belows:
1.Dirty clogging. this phenomenon is caused by long-term use of low quality sublimation paper with paper wadding.
2.Impurity clogging. this is caused by tiny impurity of ink blocking print heads.
3. Filter clogging. this is generally caused by bad quality sublimation ink. poor quality ink has large and harmful solvents will be blocked in the filter, after a long time, print head will be blocked.
4.Dry clogging. usually do not operate for a long time.
5.Chemical clogging, often using different types of ink which causes a chemical reaction, then lead to gum blocked nozzle.
6.Bacterial spoilage clogging: These problem tends to occur when temperatures above 20 degrees, the bacteria in the ink multiply, causing the ink corruption degeneration, flocculent substance corrupts in the internal nozzle.
7.Gas clogging. some bad ink has poor defoaming ability, the ink will produce bubbles, but if a bubble goes into the nozzle, it is difficult to come out, then causes the gas block.
8.Electrically clogging. some printers or ink cartridge nozzle set chip electrical performance testing, when it detects non-standard ink or chips, to some extents, print head will be closed, the cannot work through the nozzle, we named this blocking pseudo-clogging.

Using sublimation ink, we should pay more attention these aspects as below:
1.The environment of using sublimation ink.
1)temperature: room temperature(10-25℃)
2) Humidity: 40-70%
3) Printer grounding: Grounding stable ground voltage ≤0.5V
4) The printer Operating voltage: Input voltage stability, 220V ± 10% or 110V ± 10% (specific printer according to the actual situation of input)
5) Surrounding environment: clean air, away from the source of dust, the air flow is not too large.
Note: Shake ink well before use, especially for longer storage time ink.

2. Ink storage environment
1) Temperature: 5-40 degrees Celsius
2) sealed, dark
3) Shelf life: sublimation dye ink: 24 months; pigment ink:36 months.
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Does every sublimation printing customers know how to manufacture sublimation paper?

We all know sublimation transfer paper is consumable product during sublimation digital printing, it's just as a medium to heat transfer images from paper onto fabric.
In today's sublimation printing market, there are many different sublimation paper, good or bad quality, expensive or cheap sublimation paper, thin or thick sublimation paper, so how to judge sublimation paper's quality is very important.Besides, we can see its quality from its production materials. many customers perhaps don't know how does sublimation paper product. today, i will introduce you how to manufacture sublimation paper in our own factory---Fei Yue Paper Inc.

First, for its production method, mainly there are two ways: Chemical pulping & Mechanical pulping.
We all know there are two factors deciding sublimation paper quality,Base paper and coating layer.mainly we manufacture paper by four methods, Mechanical pulp, chemical pulp, softwood pulp, hardwood pulp, these pulps are made by raw materials like Pine, cypress, white birch, poplar. Fei Yue Paper Inc. sublimation paper adopt imported pulp, this is one reason why our paper is a little bit expensive than other paper, some of cheaper sublimation use recycling pulp.

Second, coating layer decides sublimation paper transfer rate. coating layer thickness should be equal.then Keep the oven temperature does not exceed 120 degrees Celsius.

Third, Cutting slitting.usually we have small roll regular length 100m, Jumbo roll 5000m, in generally, we manufacture paper as customers' demanding.

Finally, Packaging. we usually find sublimation paper is packaged by black bag, prevent paper from Oxidation,UV. we use round plug to fix paper and cut off air.we always find core has 2" 3" two kinds, 2" core is just suitable for Epson inkjet printers.
Of course, as a professional sublimation paper manufacturer, we also need international certification to ensure our product quality, such as CE, ISO etc.
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What kind of sublimation ink you use for your Epson inkjet printer?

Epson, as worldwide printer leader, originates from Japan,and it's the most popular printer brand in digital printing world. especially its new arrival Epson SureColor F-series inkjet printers are favored by customers. But considering Epson printer's accurate design, high quality printing results, this kind machine price and its original ink price are relative high. Despite this, we also suggest every user use Epson original ink for Epson SC F-series printers. on one hand, high price high quality(good quality decides everything); on the other hand, using original Epson ink can protect your printer (Do not damage your printer just for cheap ink, usually cheap and bad quality sublimation ink can blocks printers' print heads).
About Epson original ink, it's bag package, and usually with ink chip, when you refill it, you also need to reset ink chip firstly.one carton has six bags.

Before, Epson original ink just has 4 colors(C M Y BK), But now, for adapting the demanding of digital printing market,Epson company promote a new color HDK, This color's density is higher than normal BK.it's very popular in sublimation inkjet printing.

Applications of Epson orginal sublimation ink:
Printing on polyester and polymmid(Lycra, Nylon)fabrics used in sportswear and outdoor wear in general.
Printing on mixed synthetic fabrics(min 60% of synthetic fibres) used in sportswear and outdoor wear in general.
Printing on plastic substrates used in the manufacturing of sport equipment such as ski, snowboard, skateboard, windsurf, etc
Printing on every substrates (wood, cermics, glass) overprinted with polyester-based or polyammid-based coatings.
If you pursue low price sublimation ink,you also need Epson permanent ink chip, but in today's market, it doesn't exist.
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Some famous brands of sublimation printers for nowadays digital printing world

In contemporary era, with the rapid demanding of textile printing, traditional printing, screen printing,offset printing, these complex printing technology are replaced by various digital printing, such as DTG, dye sublimation heat transfer printing, especially dye sublimation inkjet printing, it's high-efficient,convenient, cost-effective and high quality popular digital printing technology.During sublimation process, we need: sublimation inkjet printer, sublimation ink, sublimation paper and heat transfer machine.

Today, we will introduce some famous sublimation inkjet printers' brands to you, this is our accumulated experience from our customer.i conclude them, such as Epson(Not every Epson printer is sublimation inkjet printer, just Epson F-series), Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh, Ricoh, D-GEN, MS-JP, Reggiani, DGI.

First, according to printing speed, i think sublimation inkjet printer should be divided into two kinds, high speed and relative low speed inkjet printer.Among that, MS, Reggiani, DGI,D-GEN are high speed inkjet printers, so for these printers, they usually use jumbo roll size sublimation paper(nomally >=2000m/roll) rather than small roll paper(regularly 100m,200m/roll ) for low speed inkjet printer.

Second, based on inkjet printers' width, we can divided it into wide format sublimation printer and the other one which width is not wide enough. as we all know, printing machine's width decides its sublimation paper width. so far, the widest inkjet printer is up to 3.2m, normally, printing machine width up to 1.8m,we call it wide format inkjet printer.Relatively, less than 1.8m printer,such as Epson/Roland/Mutoh etc.
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How to save sublimation ink during sublimation inkjet printing?

Sublimation printing is a technique that uses heat sensitive inks. These inks turn into gas under the influence of heat and combine with a 100% polyester medium. Since the ink becomes part of the structure of the material, the images on the fabric don’t fade or crack, even after multiple washing.
But meanwhile, sublimation printing technology belongs to consumable printing,so like sublimation paper, sublimation ink,these products are consumable products. For sublimation paper,if clients pay more attention to price rather than printing quality, they perhaps choose low weight ,thinner coating layer sublimation paper instead of high weight, thicker coating sublimation paper. but for sublimation ink, how to save it when we do inkjet printing, and do not affect printing result?

1- Never Compromise on the Maintenance of Your printer
If you want to save over a long term period then you have to bear some short term expenses of periodically servicing your sublimation printing machines. This will ensure that your industrial printing machine perform optimally and consumes only the necessary amount of sublimation ink during the sublimation printing process.
2 –Don’t Turn off Your Printer
After you have printed the first batch and are looking to print the second batch of images on the t-shirts or on any other item then do not turn off the printer as it will only contribute in the wasting of the ink after it is turned on again. However, if you are halting the production for long hours during the day then of course you should turn it off.

3 – If the Quality Does Not Matter Then Use Cheap Ink
The sublimation ink that is normally used in the printing machines is of superior quality and is also expensive. So. if the client is asking for a cheap service of printing and the quality doesn’t matter to them then no need to use expensive ink. It would be better that you switch to the ink of lower brand and save the good quality ink for the clients for whom quality is important.

4 – Invest in a Good Quality Sublimation Heat Transfer Paper
A poor quality sublimation transfer paper will absorb a large amount of sublimation ink. So one way to save sublimation ink during the printing process is to upgrade from a bad quality transfer paper to a premium one so that only the necessary amount of ink is absorbed into the paper.
5 – Check the Driver Setting and Software of Your Printer
Although most of the drivers and software of the sublimation printing machines come with optimal settings that is used to produce good quality images or design using only the optimal amount of ink. However, this setting can be changed to the ink-saving mode so that less amount of ink is used. Do try it out and if you are satisfied with the quality produced then, hey presto, you’ve just accomplished your mission of saving ink while printing images of superior quality.
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