Which Kind of Fabric is Suitable for Sublimation Printing?

Sublimation printing often referred to as dye sublimation printing or digital sublimation, which is a modern way of printing artworks onto special garments to make them look attractive or pass a particular message. However, do you know what fabrics can you print using sublimation printing?
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The answer is you do need at least 60% polyester fabric to make dye sublimation printing sucess, and it is better to use 100% polyester because you will attain a superior print if 100% of the fabric accepts the dye when it enters gas form and is inducted into the open polymer pores.
 
Do you know why polyester fabric is the best product for dye sublimation, whereas cotton, wool will not work for this type of printing? Because in one parte of the process of sublimation printing, the temperauture of large format heat press machine must be in excess of 370o F (190oC)  to cause the dye to be converted into a gaseous form, and also to cause the polymer’s cells to open as they expand to accept the now gaseous dye into the cells. And without the cellular construction of the polyester fabric and it’s polymeric qualities, it would not be possible to print using dye sublimation. So, the more polymers, the better.
 
dye sublimation printing As we all known, there are two types of sublimation paper for printing, fast dry and sticky paper. Fast dry sublimation paper can be applied to polyester, nylon, and other fabrics, Sticky paper can be used for Lycra, spandex and other elastic fabrics.
 
Note: Sublimation printing can not be used for 100% cotton fabric, because cotton fabric can not withstand high temperatures, but you can use T-shirt transfer paper. :) 
 
Hope this article will help you know more about sublimation printing. Thank you for you reading. Any demand, please feel free to contact us. ;)