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SUBLIMATION

I want to sublimate! How do I add sublimation to my business?

Adding sublimation to your business is easy. Sublimation is the most economical start-up you will ever do. Sublimation is known for being a quick, easy and low-cost way for you to expand your businesses into full-color gifts and signage. With a sublimation printer, paper, and heat press, you can offer thousands of new products to its customers.

Sublimation Printer and Blanks

What is Sublimation?

Sublimation offers full-color printing capabilities at an affordable start-up cost. All you need to being is a sublimation printer, sublimation inks, sublimation paper, and a heat press. The technology is well-developed, and there is avast support network of suppliers and users to help when questions arise. Sublimation is also easily scalable. You can start with a small format desktop sublimation printer and expand later to a large format printer for more demandingprojects.

Sublimation uses CMYK printing, giving you the ability to reproduce high-quality graphics and photographs. There are thousands of blank sublimation items available, including drinkware, apparel, photo-receptive, and exteriorsignage panels. The process of sublimation fuses the printed graphic to the blank item, making the finished transfer very durable and able to withstand hundreds (in some cases thousands) of washes without fading.

ADDING SUBLIMATION TO YOUR BUSINESS MEANS ADDING PROFITS!

Once you have decided to get started, in a matter of hours you can be offering your customers full-color, personalized signs, gifts and more! Plus, adding sublimation to your business is a great way to attract new customers and grow your product offering. We’ll make sure you get the right equipment and the right products to attract and retain your customers.

All you need to provide is a computer. Let Johnson Plastics Plus provide the rest. We offer small and large format sublimation printers, heat presses, ink, paper, and sublimatable substrates.

THE SCIENCE OF SUBLIMATION

You may have learned in the school that “sublimation” involves a substance that changes from a solid to a gas without ever becoming liquid. In the signage, awards, and personalization, it’s the process where images are printed on specialty coated paper, then transferred to a coated surface or substrate.

Unlike conventional inks, sublimation inks are converted directly from a solid to gas under heat and pressure, causing them to bond with the fibers of synthetic materials, like polyester. The molecules of ink revert to a solid state upon cooling, permanently coloring the surface of polyester.

Technology Comparison Chart

Business Needs

Durability of printed graphics and text

Print direct-to-subtrate / 1 step process

Compatibility with uncoated materials

Compatibility with coated materials

Ability to print clear/overcoat

Fine detail text

ADA Braille and/or textured

Use of color

Marking dark materials / substrates

Fabric printing

Heat press required?

How does the purchase cost compare?

SUBLIMATION

Ink

Yes

$

UV-LED

Ink

No

$$$$

HEAT TRANSFER

Toner

Yes

$$

Let us help you get started!

Our team of experts has years of experience, and we are ready to help you along every step of the way, from installation to production, we make sure you get the most out of your equipment. Our friendly service team provides free, expert installation and helps make suggestions as to which materials will get you the best results for your projects.

Sublimated Shirt

Sublimation is Easy!
What will you need?

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PC OR MAC COMPUTER & DESIGN SOFTWARE

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JPPLUS LARGE OR SMALL FORMAT PRINTER

We recommend our Epson, Ricoh, Sawgrass or Mutoh models, sublimation ink and JPPlus sublimation paper.

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HEAT PRESS

Flat, mug press, cap or plate press. JPPlus has a great selection of heat presses to fit your market need.

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BLANKS

The key to a successful sublimation product is making sure your blank is coated for sublimation. JPPlus has a great selection of blanks, sheet stock, gifts and apparel, as well as drinkware, plastics, wood and metals.

NEXT STEPS

1. Print Graphic to Sublimation Transfer Paper

2. Position product into heat press, image face up

3. Apply Pressure for recommended time

4. Cool and enjoy the pop of color

Which sublimation printer is right for me?

FEATURE

Cost of entry

Printing area

Ink cost

Large volume output

Paper type

Ability to use high release ink paper

Supporting production tools

SMALL FORMAT

$

Small (up to 13" x 19")

Average per sq. inch

Low

Sheet

No

Low

LARGE FORMAT

$$

Large (24" wide+)

Low per sq. inch

High

Roll Fed

Yes

High

Popular
Substrates

Aluminum

Aluminum

Used for ornaments, key chains, name tags and more.

FINISHES:
Gloss White, Gloss Clear, Gloss Gold, Semi-Gloss White

THICKNESS:
.020" (0.5mm), .030" (0.76mm) and .045" (1.14mm)

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Steel

Steel

Used for message boards.

FINISHES:
Gloss White

THICKNESS:
0.023" (0.58mm)

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Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP)

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP)

Used for name badges, bag tags, magnets and more.

FINISHES:
Gloss white, Matte white

THICKNESS:
0.09" (2.29mm), .030" (0.76mm) and .045" (1.14mm)

Not recommended for laser vector cut applications.

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Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF)

Used for plaques, picture frames, gifts and more.

FINISHES:
Gloss White, Gloss Clear, Gloss Gold, Semi-Gloss White

THICKNESS:
0.045" (1.14mm)

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Tempered Hardboard Black Back (THB)

Tempered Hardboard Black Back (THB)

Used for picture frames, signs and more.

FINISH:
Gloss White

THICKNESS:
0.25" (6.35mm)

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Natural Wood, MDF With Maple Veneer Finish

Natural Wood, MDF With Maple Veneer Finish

Used for picture frames.

FINISH:
Matte Clear

THICKNESS:
0.625" (15.88mm)

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Polyester

Polyester

Used for apparel, socks and soft goods.

COLORS:
White, Ash Heather, standard and safety colors

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Fleece

Fleece

Used for baby bibs and blankets.

COLORS:
White

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Porcelain

Porcelain

Used for ornaments.

COLORS:
White, sublimatable on both sides

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Ceramic

Ceramic

Used for mugs, shot glasses and pet dishes.

COLORS:
Multiple colors available

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