Many times when we talk about sublimation, we talk about the printers or the blanks or the paper. All of those items are important and necessary for sublimation, but none are quite so vital as the sublimation ink. Without the ink there is no printed transfer, and without the transfer there is no image to place on your shirt or mug or mousepad. The ink is where everything begins.
Dye sublimation is a process by which an ink is turned form a solid to a gas without going through the liquid state. The conversion from one state to another occurs when the ink is heated and is controlled through time and pressure. When the ink is used with the proper paper and transferred to a polyester or poly coated substrate, the result is a vibrant print that is sturdy enough to withstand washing and sun.
Sublimation ink is manufactured by Sawgrass Technologies, and is available as Sublijet for Epson printers and Sublijet-R for Ricoh printers. Both formulation and cartridge size can differ based on the make and model of the printers you are using, so please be sure you select the correct ink category for your printer. You should also keep in mind that sublimation ink is designed for printing on polyester fabrics or poly coated items. If you attempt to use transfers printed with Sublijet ink on any medium other than polyester, your transfers will not print correctly.
If you would prefer to print transfers for use on cotton garments, the ink option you should explore is ChromaBlast Ink. Like the Sublijet Ink, ChromaBlast ink is available in formulations suitable for Ricoh or Epson printers. ChromaBlast is for use on cotton fabrics only, and is suitable only for white or light colored fabrics. For some people, ChromaBlast Ink and paper offer an alternative to direct to garment printing.
Finally, we can’t forget that EnMart also offers ink for those who print directly to garments using a Brother GT-541 printer. EnMart sells NaturaLink B from Sawgrass. This ink is color matched with the Brother OEM inks, and is available at a less expensive price. For more information on NaturaLink B and Brother, please read our in-depth FAQs on the subject.
Whatever your ink requirements, be it sublimation, ChromaBlast or direct to garment printing with a Brother GT-541, EnMart has the supplies and ink you need. If you’ve been looking for a one stop shop for sublimation, or for a quick and efficient shipper for your ChromaBlast or NaturaLink B inks, look no further than EnMart. We will be happy to assist you in finding the ink you need for your particular printing requirements.