April 18, 2011
Dye sublimation is one of the most used methods for printing
lanyards. When manufacturers chose to imprint details on their lanyards they
often have six choices: embossing and weaving, laser imprinting, hot
stamping, full color imprinting, screen printing and dye sublimation. Let us
look at a couple aspects:
Hot stamping is the cheapest method for
low quality designs.
Screen printing is a more durable method
than hot stamping, but it costs more as well. This is largely the most
preferred method of printing, offering both quality and an affordable price.
With this type of printing the ink is transferred to the material by
squeezing it into a fine screen mesh which embodies the design pattern. Then
the wet ink is dried to finish the process. The advantage over dye
sublimation is that you are less limited to the material of the lanyard.
Dye sublimation is a superior printing
process in comparison with screen printing. This method creates
multicolored, high detailed imprints of highly customized patters and
designs. Itís also a very efficient method when printing on both sides. Just
like hot stamping, dye sublimation also uses pressure and heat in order to
apply the graphical information onto the material. This method is very
effective mainly because the processes of making a pattern and applying the
pattern to the lanyards are independent of one another. The pattern can now
be provided by the customer offering more freedom to both the company as
well as the customer. In other printing methods this process is highly
dependable on hardware, the designs being a part of the manufacturing
process and a part of the printer. One of the most important advantages of
this method over screen printing and hot stamping is that the imprinting is
not made on top of the material but rather transferred into it, making the
designs much more durable. Since the imprint is not on the surface it is
less likely to become worn and scrapped off. The base material for dye
sublimation is always white polyester. In this way the quality of the
imprint is guaranteed. Also the type of material is very smooth and soft,
providing a very flat and shinny surface. It also offers a very expensive
and silky feel.
Dye sublimation is often less used
compared to the other methods due to the set-up requirements, therefore
having a higher minimum purchase quantity, typically around 250 pieces.
No matter what printing process is
chosen it has to be taken into account its advantages and disadvantages, and
how price and quality will be compromised when choosing which printing
process you prefer.