How much are dye sublimation printers?

Q: How much does a dye sublimation printer cost? A: You can find dye sublimation printers from the top brands (Epson, Mimaki, Mutoh, etc.) starting under $10,000. They’ll get more expensive as they get bigger and faster.

Can you use dye sublimation ink in any printer?

Not all printers can use sublimation paper, simply because of the way that sublimation paper is built. With regular printer paper, it’s the ink that does the work. With sublimation paper, it’s the paper that tends to do the work in keeping print on the page.

Is there a specific printer for sublimation?

Photo Sublimation. Epson and Sawgrass inkjet printers are the two main companies making desktop printers that are suitable for sublimation printing onto various blanks. Beware, there are other printers that use dye sublimation technology but are not suitable for heat transfer projects.

How long does dye sublimation ink last?

A printer’s sublimation inks have a shelf life. Leaving them in the printer too long will cause issues such as color shifting, head clogs and banding. Many people agree that you can print past the “use-by” date without any issues, but a good rule of thumb is to use the cartridges within six months of installing them.

Can Brother printers be used for sublimation?

Most Brother printers are piezo printers and can therefore be converted for sublimation.

Can I use sublimation ink in my Epson printer?

When you purchase your Epson printer, make sure you also purchase sublimation ink from a third party ink vendor. When setting up your printer, install the sublimation ink instead of the regular inkjet that came with the Epson. And that’s it. You now have a converted sublimation printer.

What equipment do you need for dye sublimation?

In order to get started you’ll need the following items: a designated sublimation printer, Sawgrass sublimation ink, sublimation paper, sublimation blanks and a heat press appropriate for the sublimation blank you are working with.