When it comes to customizing uniforms for your team, not all printing processes are created equal. Every team wants and deserves uniforms that are not only durable but also vibrant. There are several considerations to keep in mind when shopping for sports uniforms, including color and material. Of all the printing processes available to you, dye sublimation is by far the best method to choose for custom sports apparel. It offers a number of benefits for your team and your budget, but we understand that dye sublimation can seem daunting without prior experience or knowledge. In this guide, we explain the full dye sublimation process from start to finish, so you can feel confident in your decision.
Full Dye Sublimation Process
Have you ever wondered how dye sublimation differs from other printing methods? In simple terms, dye sublimation is a printing method by which a design is transferred into a material or fabric using ink and heat. The inks used in dye sublimation, otherwise known as disperse dyes, are unique in that they can convert from a solid to a gas without passing through a liquid phase. The conversion from solid to gas is initiated by heat and then controlled with pressure and time.
To print custom sports uniforms using dye sublimation, you need a specially prepared printer, a heat press machine, transfer papers, and disperse dyes. You also need a color correction software and sublimation blanks. The image of a uniform is first printed onto transfer paper before being fed into a high-pressure roller heat-press. The heat-press turns the ink in the paper to a gas. The polymer molecules of the polyblend uniform start to soften under heat and open up on a molecular level. In gas form, the ink is then transferred into the fabric rather than simply printed on top. As a result, a dye-sublimated sports uniform is easy to wear and wash without compromising on design quality.
Benefits of Choosing Dye Sublimation
Dye sublimation is the printing method of choice when it comes to polyblend uniforms. There are a handful of rewards to reap by choosing dye-sublimated uniforms for your team. Recent advances in digital printing technology have made it easy for us to digitally add custom graphics to athletic clothing. This method yields beautiful, permanent colors in an unlimited amount of combinations, which are embedded into the fabric rather than printed on the surface. With a wide range of customization options to choose from, this printing method is particularly perfect for high-resolution images and complex logos of your own design. Best of all, sublimated images will never crack, fade, peel, or scratch over time.
Despite being the most durable printing option available, dye sublimation ensures that your sports uniforms will be soft to the touch. After all, your athletes deserve to feel comfortable in the clothing they wear at any level of competition. Because the ink is infused directly into the fabric, dye-sublimated logos are less susceptible to fading or discoloring over time. These crisp, professional-looking sports uniforms are colorfast, which means that they will remain vibrant even after extensive washing. Any of the polyblend uniforms in our catalog will ensure a sharp and vivid uniform design.
As the price of specialty printing equipment continues to decrease, dye sublimation proves to be one of the most affordable printing methods on the market. Requiring less preparation and materials, there is less need for minimum orders. We are able to perform runs both big and small, providing a cost-effective solution for you and your sports team.
Dynamic Team Sports would be happy to help you design custom uniforms and sports apparel that will help your team stand out from the crowd while paying tribute to the community it represents. Whether you would like to create complex all-over designs or a simple solution for the off-season, we are here to help you turn your vision into a reality. Please feel free to contact us with any questions about the full dye sublimation process or our selection of uniforms today.