Sublimation tape, also known as heat-resistant tape or sublimation heat tape, is a specialized type of adhesive tape used in the sublimation printing process. Sublimation printing is a method of transferring ink onto various surfaces, such as textiles, ceramics, and metals, by using heat and pressure to turn the ink into a gas (sublimation) and then bonding it to the material.
Sublimation tape serves several essential purposes in this printing process:
Securing the Transfer: Sublimation tape is used to hold the sublimation transfer paper in place on the substrate (the material being printed) to prevent it from shifting during the heat transfer process. This ensures that the design is accurately applied to the substrate.
Minimizing Image Bleeding: The tape helps to keep the sublimation ink from spreading beyond the intended print area, resulting in sharp and precise prints. It creates a barrier that contains the ink within the desired boundaries.
Heat Resistance: Sublimation tape is designed to withstand the high temperatures required for the sublimation process without melting or leaving adhesive residue on the substrate. This is crucial for maintaining the quality of the print and the appearance of the material.
Easy Removal: After the sublimation process is complete, the tape can be easily removed without damaging the substrate or leaving any residue behind.
Sublimation tape comes in various widths and is typically made from heat-resistant materials like silicone or polyimide. The choice of tape depends on the specific sublimation application and the type of substrate being used. It is commonly used in industries such as apparel, personalized gifts, promotional products, and custom printing on various surfaces.