WHAT IS SUBLIMATION PRINTING? HOW IS IT GREEN AND SAFE?
A sublimation printer with a heated print head enables water based ink to vaporize and permeate the surface of the paper. It then returns to a solid state beneath the surface.
The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in solvent inks produce toxic fumes and waste. There are no solvents in Sawgrass water based VOC-free ink making it the safer choice for production teams and the EARTH!
Sublimation inks are transferred from the paper to polyester or a polymer coated substrate under a specific combination of temperature, time and pressure, enabling the ink to transition from a solid state to a gas state.
Under these conditions, ink is forced into the open pores of the substrate. When pressure is released and the substrate begins to cool, the pores close and the image is sealed beneath the surface of the substrate.
The end result of the sublimation printing process is a permanent high-res image that is infused into the substrate, at the molecular level rather than applied to the top, as with traditional printing.
The sublimation printing process provides a variety of unique substrate options for art reproduction and custom gifts and décor as well as a safe production environment.