How We Do It
Sublimation printing is a process where dye is applied using a special printer to paper that has a patented coating on it. Once the dye has been printed onto the paper, the paper is sandwiched with a substrate that has a special coating on it as well. There are literally hundreds of different substrates that can be used but the most common are aluminum, steel, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, tumbled stone tile, glass tiles, fabric, canvas, MDF and Masonite. This process can be used to customize almost any product provided it has the proper coating on it. The sandwich of dye printed paper and substrate is then placed into a heat press that applies 400 degree heat and pressure to transform the dye into a gas. That gas is absorbed by the coating on the substrate, when the heat and pressure are removed the gas transforms back into a solid and the dye is now trapped in the coating on the substrate. This process is called sublimation in the science community, thus the name sublimation printing.
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