3 Things You Should Know About Sublimation Paper Transfer (2)
 2. YOU’LL NEED DIFFERENT MACHINES FOR DYE-SUBLIMATION

Printing is only the first step of the process in dye-sublimation. For sublimation to take place, you need heat and pressure.

Successful dye-sublimation requires the following two-part process:

1. Print graphics onto special sublimation paper using sublimation inks

2. Use a heat press to transfer the ink-on-paper to the item you want to decorate

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Note: to ensure correct ink transfer, smooth saturation, and fine image quality, don’t cut corners on your sublimation paper and use a coated sublimation transfer paper with excellent ink-absorption and high-ink release.

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If you’re planning to use your dye-sublimation printer for applications that include everything from apparel to décor and soft signage, you’ll also need the following essential items:

Computer and RIP Software

First and foremost, you’ll need a computer and software to design and process your digital graphics for printing and to manage your overall print production. Not all sublimation printer manufacturers supply software with their machine which means you’ll have to research different RIP software and ensure that it’s compatible with your printer. Fortunately, the Roland Texart RT-640 is bundled with ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP that was created especially to support both 4-color and 8-color sublimation printing.

Cutting Device

Initially, you’ll need a rotary blade and hot knife for simple cutting of knit materials and for the cutting and sealing of woven fabric but you’ll ultimately need an X/Y table cutter or digital flatbed cutter/plotter with registration capabilities for accurate knit and woven cutting and for effective pattern cutting if you plan to print and sew your own apparel.

Sewing Device

Apparel and soft signage production requires some manner of sewing and hemming for custom apparel, custom upholstery, banner pole pockets, and silicone edge sewing for SEG graphic applications (a special tension frame system that’s used for creating easy-to-install soft signage.) This requires a manual sewing machine for apparel and small signage solutions and computerized automatic sewing machine with auto-command and auto-feed features for large format joint and hemming.

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