Sublimation has become one of the most popular printing methods, especially for custom mugs and clothing. There’s a good reason for this, the designs are long lasting and clothes retain their natural feel. Here are some facts that I bet you didn’t know:
Sublimation printing was invented 64 years ago
The process was invented in 1957, a relative new-comer compared to most printing methods which have been around for centuries.
The process was invented in France
French researcher Noel de Plasse invented this printing method when he noticed that certain dyes change directly from a solid to a gas when heated at extreme temperatures.
The ink becomes a part of the fabric
Under high heat (in the 350 to 400 degree F range) this ink changes to a gas and enters the pores of the fabric. This acts as a dye rather than printing on the surface of the fabric. The result is vibrant colors that seem to last forever.
It is versatile
Sublimation printing is done on a variety of items. We sublimate onto mugs, shirts, hats, mouse pads, puzzles and a whole lot more.