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Dye sublimation printing

Broaden the scope of dye sublimation printing with Mimaki

Decorating streets and events, customizing fabrics used for upholstery and apparel, Mimaki's dye sublimation technology meets various customers' needs with suitable printers. Mimaki's state-of-the-art technology expands your horizon by adding a wider range of capabilities for your clients and open up a new era of soft signage.

Dye sublimation printer the jv5 series brochure

Dye sublimation printer the jv5 series brochure (PDF:1.14MB)

Features of dye sublimation print and direct dye sublimation print


Feature 1: No need to make screens, Digital printing.

Cost-reduction and quick turn-around times are realized for small production runs. Digital printing enables on demand printing which allows for quick response even for a single sheet order.


Feature 2: Full-color printing enhances your designs.

When using full-color digital printing, you don't need to worry about screen costs since it requires no screens. Digital full-color printing produces photographic image quality without halftone dots.


Feature 3: Environmentally-friendly Eco system.

Neither screens, nor chemicals such as emulsion are needed. Moreover, production facilities and equipment for screen making process and waste treatment are not required.


Comparison of image characteristics of Screen printing versus Dye sublimation/Direct sublimation printing.



Comparison of workflow between screen print, dye sublimation print, and direct dye sublimation print:

Screen printing

Screen printing Screen printing

Dye sublimation print

The images are initially printed on coated transfer paper as a reverse image of the final design, which is then transferred onto polyester fabrics in a heat press operation. Under high temperature and pressure, the dye turns into a gas and permeates the fabric and then solidifies into its fibers, The fabric is permanently dyed so it can be washed without damaging the quality of image.

Dye sublimation print
Reversed image is printed on transfer paper and dried
The transfer paper and media to be printed are put into a heat press, then the image is transferred onto the media.
Dye sublimation print
Direct dye sublimation print

Direct dye sublimation print

The images are directly printed on treated polyester fabrics, which are then heated by heat-fixation devise that fixes the color on the fabrics. This method eliminates the need for transfer papers. This means no paper cockling and reduction in defects such as ghosting and various wave or tiger stripes that are common in roll-to-roll transfer printing. This type needs a ink waste pit to collect excess ink and prevents it from staining the reverse side of the fabric.

Direct dye sublimation print
Starch is coated on fabrics to avoid blur or bleeding of ink
Print directly on pre-treated fabrics
Non-contact heater fixes color on the fabrics
Direct dye sublimation print

*Pre-treated fabrics are on the market. Please contact our dealers for details.

Direct dye sublimation print

Mimaki has prepared various types of sublimation printers as a pioneer of wide format dye sublimation printer, to meet various customer needs.


Corresponding Ink : Dye Sublimation Ink

Sublimation-Dye Sb53 Sublimation-Dye Sb210 Sublimation-Dye Sb300


Corresponding Product

  • JV300 Series JV300 Series

    Sb53

  • TPC-1000 TPC-1000

    Sb53

  • TS3-1600 TS3-1600

    Sb53

  • TS34-1800A TS34-1800A

    Sb53

  • TS5-1600AMF TS5-1600AMF

    Sb53

  • TS500-1800 TS500-1800

    Sb300

  • Tx400-1800B Tx400-1800B

    Sb210 / Sb300

  • Tx400-1800D Tx400-1800D

    Sb210 / Sb300

  • Tx500-1800B Tx500-1800B

    Sb300

  • Tx500-1800DS Tx500-1800DS

    Sb300

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