АКТУАЛЬНЫЕ ТЕХНОЛОГИИ В СОВРЕМЕННОЙ ПЕЧАТИ: СУБЛИМАЦИОННАЯ ПЕЧАТЬ
Over the past few years, sublimation printing has become much easier and more accessible to the masses. Thanks to readily-available graphics software, easy-to-find, affordable hardware and a simplified, streamlined process, almost anyone can create sublimation-ready art, as well as finished market-ready products. Sublimation printing is a digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas through an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase. Because the dyes flow into the substrate at the molecular level, the prints become more resistant to the environment: they do not crack, have good responsiveness to light and can withstand large temperature changes. The end result of the sublimation process is a nearly permanent, high resolution, full color print.