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01.02.2019

Dye sublimation paper: The new golden age of paper

The sublimation market is growing. Dye sublimation printing is more and more used as it offers multiple advantages compared to its counterpart:  traditional printing (= screen-printing). Indeed, dye sublimation printing allows to be more reactive by adjusting to the new trends, to produce in small series, to personalize and to decrease stocks.

This technology is booming in particular in the Garments sector. Besides the printing on textile (for decoration, industrial), sublimation is the preferred solution for imprinted advertising business (goodies) and the signage on hard substrates thanks to its qualitative printing as well as the bright color panel available.

This high-demand market requires quality, which depends on 6 parameters:

-The printer

-The inks

-The press or the calender

-The paper

-The software

-The textile

If one of these elements mentioned above is underestimated, the quality of the transfer may not be optimized. In addition, it will also be necessary to create a new print profile if one of these elements changes.

This is especially true with the sublimation paper. Its quality is often neglected as many people favor quality printers or inks at the expense of a qualitative paper.

Consequences? A lesser quality transfer with defects, a bad color transfer, and a paper that breaks etc … This paper is not a just a simple paper. Indeed, it is very difficult to conceive. It must resist to the heat as it will be heated to very high temperatures, it must properly absorb and release inks, be adjusted to the type of printer used and to the final application. Sublimation paper is therefore a very complex element, making it probably one of the key pieces in the sublimation process.sunisub.

Launched in 2015, Guyenne has created its own dye sublimation paper range: The SuniSub range. You can already test our DSB 63gsm which is compatible with all large format sublimation printing plotters, industrial high speed printing machines and all water based dye sublimation inks. Others SuniSub products are currently in development. Discover them soon!

DSB 63g: Dye sublimation coated paper

DSB 63gsm is a lightweight sublimation paper designed to meet competitive needs on Fashion textile printing market. DSB is a cost efficient and economical sublimation paper developed to get optimal performance for textile printing. Its lightweight coating confers a reasonable cost/transfer quality. It offers a good ink release and a good transfer yield. Its drying time is upper than the sublimation papers average present on the market. DSB 63gsm is available in both Jumbo reels for higher productivity or finished rolls for plotters.

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+33 (0)5 53 62 20 00/ export@guyennepapier.fr

Need more info about dye sublimation method? Sublimation is an ecological and revolutionary printing technique which corresponds to a transition of a substance directly from the solid to the gas phase without passing through the intermediate liquid. In a less scientific language, the sublimation consists to print an image in mirror mode on a paper called transfer paper, to warm it and to transfer it on another support (generally on textile).

Being a digital printing technique, sublimation requires possessing an inkjet printer and special sublimation inks. Once the paper is printed, it must be positioned on a material made at least of 65 % of polyester or on another support (ceramic, wood, glass …) which has been coated beforehand by an industrial polyester varnish. The paper and the support are placed on top of each other and then warmed thanks to a press or a calender. The inks present in the paper will then turn into gas and penetrate the support allowing the transfer of the image.