Converting to Dye-Sublimation

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So I just bought an Epson XP-6100 for it's print to CD/DVD/Blu Ray feature and got it at a discounted price....I have heard and seen examples of something called dye-sublimation printing and have read general stuff from google searches that some Epson printers can be converted to it. The examples of dye-sublimation printing I have seen have been stunning. Vivid color and sharpness like I've never seen (although I don't know if an Epson printer was used or a commercial printer...it was a small 6 by 8 " print.) Anyway, could the printer I got be converted to that, and would I still be able to print to CD/DVD if I did?

Thanks
 
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So I just bought an Epson XP-6100 for it's print to CD/DVD/Blu Ray feature and got it at a discounted price....I have heard and seen examples of something called dye-sublimation printing and have read general stuff from google searches that some Epson printers can be converted to it. The examples of dye-sublimation printing I have seen have been stunning. Vivid color and sharpness like I've never seen (although I don't know if an Epson printer was used or a commercial printer...it was a small 6 by 8 " print.) Anyway, could the printer I got be converted to that, and would I still be able to print to CD/DVD if I did?

Thanks
Yes to everything. But...

Sublimation ink can only be used on piezo print heads (like Epson and Brother), they are activated by HEAT, converted into "vapor" you could say. Yes you could print on paper and DVD, etc. The thing is the final output will suck as the colors will be lifeless and opaque, that... until you use heat (very high temperature) to release and fix the color.

The usual method is you print on special paper and then you apply it to a special surface and use a heat press. Can you print directly to normal paper and dvd? yes, but as mentioned... it will not look cool or ok, far from it. Can you print on normal paper and then apply heat? yes and it will look ok.

You might be having mixed information on sublimation and pigment inks perhaps.
 
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Yes to everything. But...

Sublimation ink can only be used on piezo print heads (like Epson and Brother), they are activated by HEAT, converted into "vapor" you could say. Yes you could print on paper and DVD, etc. The thing is the final output will suck as the colors will be lifeless and opaque, that... until you use heat (very high temperature) to release and fix the color.

The usual method is you print on special paper and then you apply it to a special surface and use a heat press. Can you print directly to normal paper and dvd? yes, but as mentioned... it will not look cool or ok, far from it. Can you print on normal paper and then apply heat? yes and it will look ok.

You might be having mixed information on sublimation and pigment inks perhaps.


Interesting, thanks for that info!
 
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Hi all,

Does anyone know where I can get a dye sublimation print done? I need the print left on the transfer paper and then will transfer it myself. We have purchased dye sublimation equipment/inks before and done printing in-house but our equipment is not working and this is not what we do, so looking to have it outsourced. Most dye-sub printers print onto products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) and are confused about my request. My initial tests require just a few letter-size dye sublimation prints. If successful then could be hundreds to thousands. Any freelancers with a dye-sublimation printer?

thanks much for any assistance.
 
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Hi all,

Does anyone know where I can get a dye sublimation print done? I need the print left on the transfer paper and then will transfer it myself. We have purchased dye sublimation equipment/inks before and done printing in-house but our equipment is not working and this is not what we do, so looking to have it outsourced. Most dye-sub printers print onto products sublimationprinterhub (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) and are confused about my request. My initial tests require just a few letter-size dye sublimation prints. If successful then could be hundreds to thousands. Any freelancers with a dye-sublimation printer?

thanks much for any assistance.
thanks in advance for any help
 
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So I just bought an Epson XP-6100 for it's print to CD/DVD/Blu Ray feature and got it at a discounted price....I have heard and seen examples of something called dye-sublimation printing and have read general stuff from google searches that some Epson printers can be converted to it. The examples of dye-sublimation printing I have seen have been stunning. Vivid color and sharpness like I've never seen (although I don't know if an Epson printer was used or a commercial printer...it was a small 6 by 8 " print.) Anyway, could the printer I got be converted to that, and would I still be able to print to CD/DVD if I did?

Thanks
Indeed to everything. Yet...

Sublimation ink must be utilized on piezo print heads (like Epson and Brother), they are actuated by HEAT, changed over into "fume" you could say. Indeed you could print on paper and DVD, and so forth The thing is the last result will suck as the tones will be inert and obscure, that... until you use heat (exceptionally high temperature) to delivery and fix the shading.

The standard strategy is you print on extraordinary paper and afterward you apply it to a unique surface and utilize a hotness press. Would you be able to print straightforwardly to typical paper and dvd? indeed, yet at the same as referenced... it won't look cool or alright, a long way from it. Would you be able to print on typical paper and afterward apply heat? indeed and it will look alright.

You may be having blended data on sublimation and color inks maybe.
 
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If your Dye sublimation printer is brand new and has never been used, you may start utilising our inks right away. The Epson cartridges that came with the printer should not be used. Install a set of suitable sublimation cartridges or a set of refillable cartridges with our bottled ink instead.
 
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Hi all,

Does anyone know where I can get a dye sublimation print done? I need the print left on the transfer paper and then will transfer it myself. We have purchased dye sublimation equipment/inks before and done printing in-house but our equipment is not working and this is not what we do, so looking to have it outsourced. Most dye-sub printers print onto products cost effective sublimation printing(t-shirts, mugs, etc.) and are confused about my request. My initial tests require just a few letter-size dye sublimation prints. If successful then could be hundreds to thousands. Any freelancers with a dye-sublimation printer?

thanks much for any assistance.
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Hi all,

Does anyone know where I can get a dye sublimation print done? I need the print left on the transfer paper and then will transfer it myself. We have purchased dye sublimation equipment/inks before and done printing in-house but our equipment is not working and this is not what we do, so looking to have it outsourced. Most dye-sub printers print onto products (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) and are confused about my request. My initial tests require just a few letter-size dye sublimation prints. If successful then could be hundreds to thousands. Any freelancers with a dye-sublimation printer?

thanks much for any assistance.
Several ideas a bit mixed here.

Where? depends on where you live, you could try searching on FB, craiglist or even Youtube for people who do sublimation and see who is in your area. I've seen on diff countries some commercial malls having kiosks offering these services right away, even at the Walmart's exit/entrance.

As I understand you just need the /art images printed on paper and you will do the rest, and if things go well it will involve more requests and work. If that's the case, and the piece of work is small, you could solve this buying a cheap Epson/Brother printer and do it yourself, depending where you live you can get them for cheap even 2nd hand, or perhaps expensive, again it depends on where you live.

Dye? that's why I said several ideas mixed. There are products that allow you to use a regular printer (no sublimation ink required), but then you will need heat transfer, even Office Depot offers this service, but it's a thin layer that gets the ink and then heat transferred entirely to the fabric. It's not cheap, but it's fast and might solve an urgent job.

Dye are very diff to sublimation ink, Dye refers mostly to water based ink that will go away when you wash your product. BTW, if you are just testing and making prototypes, as in "demo tshirt", you could try printing to wax paper and then pressing to the fabric, this transfer the image using any printer, it's a bit tricky and the ink will go away when washed but at least it's something you can do at home/office to solve an urgent demo job. Like this (yes, it works with color images too) but then again, it's temporary

 

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