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 a vast 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 demanding projects.
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 exterior signage 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
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 industries, 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, and upon cooling permanently bond with the fibers in polyester. It's this bond that makes sublimation such a durable personalization process. Those fibers could be the polyester in traditional fabrics and other soft goods, but also polyester fibers in the specialized coating applied to sublimatable hard goods such as mugs, tumblers, home decor items, hard board, picture frames, and more. In order for an item to work with sublimation, it has to have polyester in the material itself or in the coating or film.
Long story short, if a product isn't manufactured specifically for sublimation with a polyester coating, it won't work with the process. Thankfully, there are thousands of polyester-coated products specifically for sublimation available from Johnson Plastics Plus. You can be sure that products marked as sublimation-friendly offered through jpplus.com have been thoroughly tested and are ready to be personalized with sublimation.