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Sublimation Printing Services

Located in Accrington, C & R Walne is a specialist in a variety of sublimation printing techniques, offering our services to a wide range of clients, including those in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.

Sublimation Printing Experts

Sublimation printing, also referred to as dye sublimation or digital sublimation, is a cutting-edge digital printing method. It involves the initial printing of vibrant artwork onto high-release paper, followed by the transfer of this artwork onto various items using heat and pressure.

What is Sublimation Printing?

The choice of printing method often depends on the material. Screen printing is versatile and can be used on various materials. In contrast, dye sublimation is typically best suited for white or light-coloured polyester or polyester-mix materials. The material and its colour play a crucial role in determining the appropriate printing method.

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

How does it work?

Sublimation printing involves the initial printing of an image or text onto a specialised paper sheet, followed by the transfer of this design onto a different material.

What is it used for?

Sublimation printing finds frequent application in clothing, including t-shirt prints, hoodies, and socks. It’s important to note that this printing method may not be suitable for silk or most natural fabrics.

If you’re in search of a trusted sublimation printing service, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today at 01254 231384. Alternatively, feel free to send us an email or complete our contact form, and one of our friendly team members will promptly get in touch with you.

Sublimation Printing Explained

Looking to expand your knowledge of sublimation printing?

We have everything you need to get a better understanding of the benefits of sublimation printing!

Is sublimation the same as heat transfer?

The key distinction between them lies in the transfer process. In sublimation, only the ink moves onto the material. Meanwhile, in heat transfer, both ink and a transfer layer are transferred to the material.

Benefits of using sublimation techniques:

Sublimation printing stands as the ideal choice for achieving photo-quality images or designs on fabrics, ensuring their long-lasting vibrancy. This technique is perfect for:

Sublimation printing offers an excellent solution for individuals seeking enduring designs or images on rigid materials like:

We offer a variety of engraving and printing choices that could be just what you’re looking for such as:

FAQs About Sublimation Printing

Find quick answers to common queries about our sublimation printing services, from pricing and longevity to quality and durability.

Is sublimation printing expensive?

Sublimation printing emerges as a highly cost-effective solution for businesses engaged in bulk production. Although there may be initial setup costs to consider, this investment pays off significantly as production quantities increase. One of the primary factors contributing to its cost-efficiency is the economies of scale that sublimation printing offers.

 

As the volume of items to be printed grows, the per-unit cost decreases proportionally. This makes sublimation printing an increasingly economical choice for those involved in high-volume projects, ensuring that as your production numbers rise, your overall expenditure per item reduces. 

How long do sublimation prints last?

The durability of sublimation prints is truly remarkable, standing as a testament to the quality and longevity they offer. With a commitment to proper care, these prints can preserve their vibrancy and pristine quality for a considerable span of time, ensuring that the images and designs remain as striking as the day they were created.

What’s particularly striking is that the lifespan of sublimation prints frequently surpasses that of the items they adorn, making them an excellent choice for those looking to create lasting, vivid impressions on clothing, merchandise, or decorative items that withstand the test of time.

How many washes does sublimation last?

The outstanding resistance to fading and peeling that sublimation prints offer is a testament to their quality and durability. This makes them a preferred choice for textiles, as they can withstand the everyday use and frequent washing without compromising the clarity of the designs.

This longevity ensures that sublimation-printed textiles maintain their appeal and vividness over time, even after extensive wear and tear, delivering lasting value and visual impact to those who choose this printing method for products.

Does sublimation print fade?

Sublimation prints’ exceptional resistance to fading is due to the unique process by which they are created. The ink used is not merely applied to the surface; instead, it becomes an integral part of the material itself, resulting in long-lasting colour retention.

 

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

What should I consider when choosing between sublimation and screen printing?

When deciding between sublimation and screen printing, it’s important to think about the size of your order. Screen printing becomes more cost-effective for larger volumes, as it’s efficient for high quantities. In contrast, sublimation, while offering numerous benefits, may not be the most practical choice for very large orders due to its slightly longer production time. Sublimation is often a better option for smaller orders. Keep in mind that many screen printing services have minimum order quantities in place as well.

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

What materials can be sublimated?

Sublimation works best with polyester materials and surfaces that have a specialised polymer coating. These include items like mugs, mouse pads, coasters, and more. In some cases, sublimation can be used on treated glass, but it should be standard glass prepared with a specialised spray.

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

Can a sublimation printer create white prints?

Sublimation printers use MCYK printing, and they cannot produce the colour white. Sublimation works best when printing on white or lighter-coloured materials. If your design includes white elements, sublimation may not be suitable.

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

What materials are suitable for sublimation and other printing methods?

The choice of printing method often depends on the material. Screen printing is versatile and can be used on various materials. In contrast, dye sublimation is typically best suited for white or light-coloured polyester or polyester-mix materials. The material and its colour play a crucial role in determining the appropriate printing method.

To maximise the longevity of these prints, it’s essential to provide them with proper care, such as using mild detergents and avoiding high-temperature washes.

Our Range Of Services

Our services at C & R Walne Engravers are tailored to meet your unique needs, offering precision and creativity across a spectrum of solutions.

Chemical Etching

Our chemical-based process engraves designs and markings on a variety of materials with high accuracy.

Laser Engraving

Using laser technology, we create detailed, permanent markings and designs on a wide range of materials with precision.

Sublimation Printing

Our advanced method infuses vibrant, long-lasting designs onto various surfaces, ideal for custom apparel, merchandise, and more.

Other Services

From laser engraving to creating custom panels we offer versatile solutions to meet your needs.

Chemical Etching

Trust We Have The Experience To Take On Your Project?

We have all of the skills and expertise to bring any of your requirements to you! 

Whether it’s domestic or commercial applications, we cover it all. For detailed insights, contact our friendly team on 01254 231384 or email us on info@walne-engravers.co.uk.