Hot off the press! Our top tips for dye-sublimation transfer printing

Use quality prints and fabric to guarantee the best results

Dye sublimation transfer printing is the most widely used form of digital PES textile printing. But it’s also the most challenging; there’s no other printing process where so many items – textiles, ink, paper and machinery – come together to determine the success or failure of your business.

Whether it’s shrinking textiles, wrinkling paper, or incorrect machine settings, there are many mistakes to be made.

What’s the trick?

At Klieverik, we believe the trick is to understand that there are no shortcuts in textile printing. To achieve your desired results, there are three important requirements:

  1. high-quality materials
  2. a stable process, and
  3. the right environment, meaning the optimal humidity and storage conditions.

Once you’ve got all three, you are ready for quality printing.

From trick to trade

Interestingly, it’s at this point – where all the costly items come together – that the value is added to your product. And a good heat press will last a long time, requires a minimum amount of spare parts and can run virtually unmanned. But the machine itself must be absolutely consistent in its heat source and belt guiding.

Temperature deviations, shifting of materials and uncontrolled paper feeding are also common mistakes. A good printing calender will not make a bad print better, but a bad calender will destroy a good print.