Different Types of Sublimation Printers & Their Applications
Sublimation printing is the best method for printing onto multiple surfaces, including fabrics, plastics, aluminum, or glass. When using a sublimation printer, ink is printed onto transfer paper using a wide format. From there, heat transfers the ink on the paper using a press, sublimating the ink so that it is absorbed by the desired material. While a complex process, sublimation printing provides a large variety of uses. Below we will go over the different kinds of dye sublimation printers, as well as the many sublimation printer uses.
Top 3 Sublimation Printers
Our printing experts rate these printers as best in class when it comes to sublimation printing:
Sawgrass Virtuoso SG500 Sublimation Printer
The industry’s first and only fully-integrated system that has been designed exclusively for sublimation, the Virtuoso SG500 delivers vivid, high-definition photo-quality images with lower startup and imaging costs.
Sawgrass Virtuoso SG1000 Sublimation Printer
The Virtuoso SG1000 is ideal for startups and entrepreneurs interested in printing on apparel and soft goods, in addition to mugs, glass, slate, tiles, wood plaques, and acrylic. With its automatic maintenance cycle, the SG1000 offers trouble-free printing for growing businesses of all sizes.
Sawgrass Virtuoso VJ628 Sublimation Printer
Our Virtuoso VJ628 bundle is a turnkey solution that includes almost everything needed to start a printing business, including the VJ628 sublimation printer, SubliJet-HD high-density sublimation inks, design and print software, plus support for marketing, sales, and technical issues.
Supplies for Sublimation Printing
Sublimation printers require a specialized sublimation ink and printing medium. Unlike other types of printing, sublimation printing involves ink that is infused into the surface of an object, which means it won’t crack, fade, peel, or wash away. We recommend SubliJet HD Sublimation Ink, which has a high yield and 26 percent larger color gamut for true-to-life colors.
We also sell dye sublimation printable heat transfer paper for light and dark fabrics, or Sublicotton, in rolls and sheets. This paper can be used in all Sawgrass printers, as well as other inkjet dye sublimation printers.
What Can Sublimation Printers Be Used For?
Capable of printing onto a large variety of surfaces, sublimation printers are perfect for adding color and detail to many projects. Sublimation printer uses include:
- Decorating: Sublimation printing is a perfect tool for decorating around the home. It can be used on many household objects like curtains, pillows, or upholstery.
- Signage and Advertising: Adding rich colors and allowing the use of unique materials, sublimation can take your advertising to the next level. Sublimated materials can be backlit for extra effect. Custom banners are a popular option at trade shows and an excellent way to stand out from the competition.
- Personalized Items & Keepsakes: Want to add a special touch to a gift? Sublimation printing is popularly used to create custom coffee mugs and keychains. However, the process works on a number of surfaces and can be used to customize picture frames, boards, tags, or even metal plates.
- Clothing and Apparel: Due to its ability to print on fabric, sublimation printing can add color and patterns to a large range of clothing. Fashionable prints can be added to dresses, skirts, or even ties. Sports teams can quickly get a customized logo on jerseys.