UK Based Large Format Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing
Large format dye sublimation printing allows us to supply durable, printed display fabric that is suitable for a wide variety of applications. These include retail display graphics, exhibition graphics and exterior grade graphics such as flags and canopies.
We stock a range of standard materials that can be custom printed on demand and we can also source many types of speciality fabrics too.
Our online store offers some popular fabric materials but please get in touch if you require a specific product that you don't see and we will be happy to help.
The Benefits Of Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing.
One of the biggest benefits of dye sublimation printing when compared to other large format fabric printing processes is the high degree of durability. This is because the ink is dyed into the yarn of the fabric rather than being dried or cured on top.
Dye sublimation printed fabics can usually be folded or crumpled without causing cracking or bruising of the ink. Depending on the type of fabric material, it can also be possible to wash graphics too.
For the production of display and event graphics that need to be portable, dye sublimation printed fabrics are the perfect solution as they can be folded and packed for convenient transportation.
How Does Dye Sublimation Fabric Printing Work?
Dye sublimation printing is a digital process. The image for printing is processed by computer and output as a file to an ink jet printer that uses a special dye sublimation ink set. We use an industrial machine that is capable of output speeds of up to 400 square Metres per hour.
The printed ink can be output to a transfer paper or it can be printed directly onto the textile itself. The method of direct to textile or indirect printing to transfer paper will depend on the type of fabric we are using.
After the image is printed either directly to the textile or to the transfer paper, it is sublimated to the fabric. This process involves heating the ink to temperatures of around 200 degrees whereby it disperses into a gaseous state that dyes the polyester yarn of the fabric.
The heat fixation process uses either a flat heat transfer press or a rotary heat press and we can work with reels of fabric at widths of up to 3.2 Metres wide to create finished prints of almost any length.