Dye sublimation is the process of turning a water-based dye ink into a gas that bonds with polyester fabric or other polymers. It dyes the polymer molecule, resulting in a vibrant graphic that never washes off. This is done with the aid of some transfer paper and a heat press.
Suitable materials are man-made polymers such as Polyester and PVC. These can be 'hard' such as a polyester coated aluminum, plastic and ceramic or 'soft' such as polycotton textiles. During the heat press stage the pores of these polymers open to allow sublimation ink, now in a gaseous state, to enter.
Products range from ceramic mugs, glassware and name badges to luggage tags, awards, apparel and more.