Does Sublimation printing, only work on polyester?

Does Sublimation printing, only work on polyester?

Yes, and no,

Dye Sublimation printing was specific to100% polyester for garment like, swimwear, activewear and sportswear.

This is obviously the huge downside for uniform industry, therefore, we have developed a suitable cotton backed fabric for dye sublimation, to get sharp and bright colour from cotton backed fabric without the white fluff from the cotton, that was a big challenge.

Normally dyeing of polyester/cotton blended fabric required double bath dyeing of polyester/cotton blend fabric gives far better results in terms uniformity of shades in both light and dark shades, but dye sublimation is single heat transfer dyeing process, , for decades the clothing industry only used 100% polyester fabric for dye sublimation, if you jump onto the internet now, the result for the best fabric for dye sublimation printing will still be polyester.

At Australian Spirit, we always believe that there is always the solution for the problem, after months of research and discussion with our fabric mill and dying house, we have finally developed our first-generation dye-sublimation friendly cotton backed fabric in 2016, up to today, the fabric is already 4th generation.

Our cotton backed fabric also features with UPF 50+, it’s the best choice for school wear, out-door workwear, and corporate uniforms.

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  • UPF 50+
On-going Development-New Polo Shirts Designs

On-going Development-New Polo Shirts Designs

Nowadays, the world is rapid changing environment, you won’t be happy with annual catalogues to satisfy rapid changing market needs, our creative team is monitoring the design trendy, and continuingly creating and uploading new designs onto our online creative library.

Why you should choose Dye sublimation for your uniform solution.

Why you should choose Dye sublimation for your uniform solution.

Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology that enables the reproduction of distinctive images on common everyday items, including clothing and novelties. Prior to digital printing, reproducing images on these items (T-shirts being a typical example) required labour-intensive analogue processes, such as screen-printing.


The modern dye sublimation process is quite simple in comparison to conventional methods. You create an image on your computer, print it onto some special transfer paper using sublimation inks, and then apply the image to the paper to create a design which is then implemented to the clothing of choice

Using a heat press, the transfer paper is pressed onto the surface at 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees celcius), which then causes the sublimation inks to “transfer” from the paper to any polymer fibres within the substrate. After less than a minute, the heat is removed and the transfer paper is peeled off, leaving behind a permanent, full colour image on the substrate. The whole process can take less than 20 minutes from design through to production.


Suitable printer types for dye sublimation work can range from a small desktop toner- or inkjet-based printers to medium-format inkjet printers. Large printers are no longer required for printing on various materials.


Whilst digital dye sublimation printing does often involve the waste of the transfer paper (as the paper offers limited opportunities for re-use), reduced wastage occurs in the ability to produce both short and long runs of a required print.

Designs can effectively be “made to order” or samples can be produced conveniently and efficiently without having to waste extra materials or substrates.


Digital dye sublimation technology is constantly evolving and with this evolution comes even more efficient ways to sublimate. Earlier models required the user to physically change the inks to keep the print run going, but recent models allow for unattended ink switching –The machine doesn’t run idle until the ink has been switched but instead it can continuously run for hours of uninterrupted printing.

Furthermore, digital inkjet sublimation printing, in comparison with screen-based processes, require minimal post-print washing. Printing with sublimation inks brings the advantages of easy wash, quick dry, and reduced creasing properties to significantly reduce the impact on the environment.


Digital printing, especially dye sublimation printing, is quick and inexpensive in both the setup and production, making it an ideal choice for creating personalised, one-of-a-kind items or for mass producing a variety of custom products. Moreover, dye sublimation printing yields beautiful and permanent colours that are embedded in the substrate or fabric, rather than printed on the surface. Images on fabric won’t fade or crack even after multiple washings. Images on hard substrates will not chip, peel, or scratch.

Is Dye Sublimation Sustainable

Is Dye Sublimation Sustainable

You may be surprised to know that one of the major benefits of sublimation printing is its level of safety for both the environment and the worker. In fact, it is the most friendly-environmental and sustainable method of garment printing and production currently being used today.

The dyes are safe and not in any way harmful. Printers usually opt for using CYMK, so the result is that the dye sublimation printing process only uses a minimal amount of dye sublimation inks.

Amazingly, dye sublimation printing creates absolutely ZERO WASTE.

Our sublimation ink is a “green” WATER-BASED ink, less harmful to the environment than a solvent-based ink.

There are no solvents in any sublimation ink products. Eliminating the use of solvents has been proven to be good for the environment. Solvents have been linked to the production of ozone and to the increase in smog production. Smog contributes to poor air quality which can have a harmful effect on both humans and vegetation. Some solvents have also been linked to global warming.

Many solvents are also toxic to humans. The volatile organic compounds in solvent-based inks can cause fumes which can be unhealthy for those who work with the ink.  The VOC-free nature of a water-based ink also provides a safer work environment for production employees and eliminates the need for concern about things like personal exposure limits. Sublimation inks that are solvent-free are the smarter choice both for the health of the person printing with the ink and for the Earth as a whole.

Stock Service Vs. Custom Uniforms

Stock Service Vs. Custom Uniforms

You probably think the stock service is easier and faster which when everything goes perfectly, is true. But you probably still remember the frustration of BACK ORDERS, and let’s also consider the handling cost for digitising, screen printing or embroidery, and the most common issue, it’s extremely time consuming.

Obviously, another major downside of stock service is that it makes you wear the exact same design as your competitors, which, doesn’t amplify your own unique company identity.

On the other hand, Customisation lets you include impactful branding elements in the uniforms, allowing you to create something distinctive. By differentiating your workforce in the market, you amplify positive brand associations amongst consumers.

We offer you a lot of choice from design to fabric, you can create your own uniforms to match your branding perfectly, and there won’t be any BACK ORDERS.

We offer you the solution for both large organisation and one-man band:

  • No Request for Minimum Order Qty
  • Fast Turn Around
  • Free Design Service
  • Competitive Prices.