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What Is The Dye Sublimated Sportswear(#111)

Date:Feb 12, 2014

Sublimated sportswear is a sportswear which is using dye sublimation to print fabric.

Dye sublimation is a process of printing to fabric (and other substances) that provides the best quality, most durable printing option. In sublimation, the inks are fused into the fabric as opposed to sitting on top of the fabric such as in inkjet or screen printing. The process not only gives fabrics a softer touch after the printing, but it is also very durable. The color remains strong in outdoor lighting and after extensive washing so it’s the ideal process for sportswear and school clothing.

Here is the process on how the sublimated sportswear make.

1. Design by computer 

2. Printing sublimation ink on sublimation paper by inkjet

3. Heat transfer printed paper and white polyster fabric

4.Sewing fabric to sportswear 

How it works :
The basic  dye sublimation process uses special heat-sensitive dyes to print  graphics, text and virtually any image onto special transfer paper. The  paper is then placed on the pre-cut fabric pattern and both are placed  into a heat press. When the  heating cycle is completed, the image on the paper has been transferred  to the item and has actually reformed into or underneath the surface. Run your finger across the surface of a sublimated garment and you will  feel nothing. 
The reason  for this is that sublimation is always done on a polyester, polymer, or  polymer-coated item, in the case of team uniforms 100% polyester  garments. At high temperatures, the solid dye converts into a gas  without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the  pores of the polyester fabric and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state.  It has now become a part of the fabric. 
This is why  dye sublimation can’t be done on natural materials, such as 100% cotton.  Natural fibers and non-coated materials which have no "pores" to open  cannot accept the gas vapor. The dye particles are designed to bond with  polyester, and ignore everything else. It is like trying to mix oil and water with most natural materials. 
A dye impregnates color into a material and this color change is permanent. Sublimation refers to the change from the solid,  to the gaseous state without becoming liquid. 
Dye sublimation refers to solid dye particles that are changed into gas  using heat and pressure, which then bond with any polymers present and  change back into a solid. 
Dark materials cannot be used with the sublimation process so all of our dye  sublimated apparel starts out as solid white fabric. Garments decorated  with a dye sublimation transfer cannot be removed like images on shirts  decorated with screen printing.
Again, this is not ink that sits on top  of the fabric; it is a dye that penetrates the fiber of the fabric. This  is why all of our dye sublimated team uniforms are guaranteed to never  fade, crack or peel.

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