The Dye Sublimation Printer models from Epson are ideal for creating custom made T-Shirts, bags, baseball caps, cushions, dresses, upholstery as well as promotional goods and gift items such as mugs, phone covers and photo frames.
The Printing Process simply consists of:
The special dye sublimation inks will directly change from a solid to a gaseous state when heat is applied thus allowing the ink to be infused into the fabric. As the ink is permanently bonded to your fabric you will have high quality images which are long lasting and fully washable.
The entry level Epson SureColor SC-F100 and SC-F500 are 4 colour machines, have print resolutions of up to 1,200 x 2,400dpi and use Original Ink Refill Bottles (140ml per color) to offer you a very low cost per print. While the SC-F100 can print on A4 size paper, the SC-F500 can print on A1 size paper or paper up to up to 24″ wide. Another dye sublimation printer model, the Epson SC-F500H is also a 24″ model which has the option to use Fluorescent Pink and Fluorescent Yellow inks for a wider colour gamut.
Below is a short video for what is possible with Dye Sublimation:
Kindly note that sublimation printing is most suitable for polyester based fabrics and polyester coated objects. In the case of cotton fabrics, Epson have a range of direct to garment printers which are much better designed for printing on cotton.
Among the higher end production models we have the flagship 64″ Epson SureColor SC-F9400 boasting print speeds of 108.6 m2/hr and 1.1 liter ink pouches for superior quality textiles and a low cost per print.
Some optional key features for these models are: auto take up reel units, quick drying with post platen heaters, single operator media loading, automatic media tensioning, fluorescent pink / yellow inks and high definition HDK black ink for specialist apparel printing and fashion.
Lastly, it is important to point out that Epson Dye Sublimation printer models have the Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certification, meaning that textiles produced on the printers using UltraChrome DS inks are completely safe to wear for adults and children, including babies.