InkTec's Direct Textile / Heat Transfer ink has been
developed on the base of the 12 year ink development know-how, and InkTec
has supplied the suitable ink to the large-format printer applying the
technology possessed. The Ink has been formulated to make images transfer
well by using heat and pressure, that the colour on the substrates can be
deep and brilliant. For smooth ink flow without head clogging, moreover, we
make particle size of dispersive dyes smaller under 100nm (0.1um) and use
high quality dyes in light-resistance grade to keep the colour. Now, you
can get long lasting head and colour.
Is Dye Sublimation Printing ok for me?
Do you want to print on hard surfaces such as porcelain mugs, plastic plates then Dye Sublimation printing is the answer!
Dye Sublimation is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.
Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Just like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fibre board, metals, etc. require a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. You must purchase the mugs, tiles, metals, etc. with the coating already on them, it is not something you can coat yourself. When you apply to 100% polyester (e.g mouse mats) you do not need any coating, it is applied directly to the 100% polyester fabric.
You can purchase dye sublimation ink recommended only for Piezo Head technology used in Epson / Mimaki / Mutoh ink jet printers to do sublimation printing. Epson do not supply the printers with these specialty sublimation inks but by installing a Bulk Feed system for example you can use the sublimation inks - something you would need to buy from a specialist ink supplier - We do not supply CIS systems ready filled with Dye Sublimation Inks - to use our CIS ink systems these need to be emptied or used up and then refilled with Dye Sublimation Ink. You may also need the heat transfer paper that you would need to print with these inks. The heat transfer paper for sublimation printing has a coating on it. This is so the inks do not soak into the paper. After you print the transfer paper it is then placed on the product to be applied with a heat press.
PLEASE NOTE: You can switch your printer back to using regular inks at any time. However, it is not practical to switch back and forth. If you are setting up a Sublimation Printing System you should not expect to use the same printer for other purposes.
sublimation is a process that uses a special heat sensitive dye to print
graphics and text onto paper. This is called a transfer. The paper is then
placed on a sublimatible item and both are placed into a heat press for
about 20~45 seconds at 180-230 degrees.
Dye Sublimation Inks
Sublimation Ink has been used in printing on the materials as Mug, Tile,
Wood, Polyester, Nylon, Plastic, etc that are impossible with normal digital