Using specially formulated inks, large direct print processors lay down reversed imagery onto transfer paper. Many fabrics can be used in dye sublimation. Large bolts of the chosen fabric and large rolls of the now imaged papers are loaded and simultaneously run through fabric transfer machines. These machines feed the fabric and transfer paper together under extreme heat and pressure. At approximately 400 degrees the special inks “flash” from a solid to a gaseous state. The process is akin to little blasts of color as each pixel makes it’s journey into the fabric. The fabric is now dyed permanently by the process.
Consistent attributes of dye sublimation include: vibrant color, incredible detail limited only by the texture of the fabric (and the resolution/quality of the provided file), ability to be cleaned and even subjected to commercial washing machines, huge size capabilities and because it’s fabric - sewing and finishing for any need is possible. Depending on the size graphic required, two styles of dye sublimation process are available. Colossus is the largest process used, referred to as grand format and Select process is referred to as large format. Graphics can be sewn and seamed together to make even the largest monster graphics. When combined with the special finishing known as SEG(silicone edge graphics) Dye Sublimated graphics become the modern replacement for hard panel display graphics. The SEG Dye Sublimated graphics completely cover the Panoramic™ Structure providing a full visual canvas for your marketing message.