How does the dye sublimation process compare to screen-printing
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Dye-sublimation and screen-printing both works on polyester materials. However, dye-sublimation will not affect the feeling of the material and generally yields a better result for printing on sportswear apparel and home furnishing goods.
The colours are vibrant, do not wash out, and the process is neither as complicated nor messy as screen-printing. Dye-sublimation is also more cost-effective because it is quicker and easier to set-up, and short-runs are fairly affordable.
Screen-printing uses plastisol ink, which can be heavy (affecting the breathability of the garment) and is prone to cracking when the printed material is stretched or worn over time. Furthermore, it may use additional chemicals to prime the fabric for printing.
However, one advantage of screen-printing is that it can print almost any colour (including white) on any garment colour. Sublimation only prints in CYMK, which excludes white.In the end, it comes down to personal preference, what the sublimated item is used for, and how it is used.
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