#1 Apr 30, 2020 07:08 am
The rapid development of printing technology is now not in the world of screen printing. Various printing processes are emerging. For example, thermal transfer is a very common one in custom clothing . Thermal transfer is also divided into sublimation and heat transfer technology. Can meet the printing of small batches of products, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing thermal transfer for clothing customization?
There are two types of thermal transfer technology, one is sublimation transfer, and the other is thermal transfer heat transfer. The two printing methods are also different, and the characteristics are also different. I will talk to you.
- Sublimation Thermal Transfer
Simply put, the dye is printed on a specific paper with a machine, and then the patterns on the paper are transferred to the fabric through high temperature and high pressure, but the printing method is also different.
(1) Disperse dyes are printed by gravure printing machines. The advantages are low cost, the printed patterns are very delicate, and the sense of layering is also sufficient. It is suitable for mass customization, but the disadvantage is the high cost of plate making.
(2) Offset printing sublimation inks are printed by offset presses, and sublimation inks are printed by printers. After drying naturally, this floral paper is used to transfer to the fabrics to be printed. Advantages: suitable for printing small batches of products. Disadvantages: The color depth after printing is difficult to be well controlled.
(3) Digital thermal transfer, advantages: the pattern is the most delicate, the layering is very strong, and the pattern is extremely full. Disadvantages: printing ink and paper are costly and only suitable for small batch customization.
(4) Sublimation ink for silk screen printing, this transfer printing method has low plate-making cost, and sublimation ink is not expensive, but because the printing plate is a silk screen version, burrs are generated at the edge of the pattern.
- Heat transfer heat transfer
By "printing" the pattern onto the surface of the garment, there is something like a "paste" attached to the surface of the garment. Advantages of thermal transfer heat transfer: low cost of plate making, full pattern level and beautiful color. Disadvantages: poor air permeability after transfer to clothing, the feel is not as soft as sublimation heat transfer.