Sublimation Aluminum Sheet

 

Sublimation aluminum sheet is ideal for producing different aluminum products including occasional, thanking, awards, and more souvenirs. The aluminum sheet that has a printed design is attached to an MDF underlay. It improves the finished product’s visual quality so it can be hung on a surface. These are also used for making cookware, durable sidings, guttering, kitchen utensils, and more.

The transparent film of the sheet should be removed before undergoing a sublimation process. Through the dye sublimation printing process, the aluminum sheets can be printed with high-quality digital images through special sublimation inks, heat press, etc.

 

Category Sublimation
 Material Aluminum
Product Type Metal Sheet
Ply(Layers) 1
Technology Types Sublimated
Thickness .020”, 0.25”, 0.30”, 0.45”, etc.
Finish Gloss, Brushed, Lacquered, Matte, Satin
One-Sided 12” x 24” Aluminum Sheet
One-Sided 12” x 24” Aluminum Sheet
One-Sided 12” x 24” Aluminum Photo Sheet
One-Sided 12” x 24” Aluminum Photo Sheet
4” x 6” Sublimation Blank Aluminum Sheet Board
4” x 6” Sublimation Blank Aluminum Sheet Board
20 x 30cm White Glossy Aluminum Sheet
4” x 6” Sublimation Blank Aluminum Sheet Board
30 x 60cm Sublimation Brushed Gold Aluminum Sheet
30 x 60cm Sublimation Brushed Gold Aluminum Sheet
Sublimation 15 x 20cm Ultra-White Aluminum Sheet
Sublimation 15 x 20cm Ultra-White Aluminum Sheet
20 x 30cm Silver Matte Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
20 x 30cm Silver Matte Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
40 x 60cm Glossy Sublimation Aluminum Sheet (Gold)
40 x 60cm Glossy Sublimation Aluminum Sheet (Gold)
Mirror Effect 40 x 60cm Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
Mirror Effect 40 x 60cm Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
4mm Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
4mm Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
0.25” Aluminum Sheet for Sublimation
0.25” Aluminum Sheet for Sublimation
0.20” Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
0.20” Sublimation Aluminum Sheet
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Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Technology

Mirror Image Printout
Mirror Image Print Out
Temperature
180⁰C or 365⁰F Temperature
60-120 Seconds Timing
60-120 Seconds Timing
Moderate Pressure
Moderate Pressure

Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Fabrication

KDM has full capabilities in providing sublimation aluminum sheets. In sublimation printing, the inks are heated and then pressed into the aluminum sheet. Therefore, the printed designs we produced are guaranteed to have high resiliency. Our sublimation on aluminum sheet provides designs that are:

  • Elegant
  • Durable
  • 3D appearance
Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Fabrication
Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Process and Fabrication Services
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What Equipment is Used for Sublimation on Aluminum Sheet?

Heat Press Machine. Transferring designs to the aluminum sheet typically requires heat press. The most common machine used for aluminum sublimation printing is the flatbed heat press machine.

Sublimation Printer. From a digital platform, a sublimation printer gets the design that will transferred to the aluminum sheet.

Sublimation Paper. A special type of paper is required during the sublimation process to release the ink from the surface to aluminum substrate. The ideal choice for sublimation aluminum sheet is the light sublimation paper.

Computer Software. Sublimation printers need to have specific program such as RIP software to print the designs.

Teflon and Thermal Tape. Thermal tape is used for holding the sublimation aluminum sheet during the ink transfer using heat.

Heat Resistant Gloves. These gloves will protect your hands from burns when working with heated aluminum sheet.

Dye Sublimation on Aluminum Processes
  1. Design and Print. The first step on sublimation aluminum sheet is creating a design using Photoshop or other computer program. Once the design is created, it is transferred to RIP software and printed to the sublimation paper.
  2. Heat Press Preparation. Heat press should be prepared prior to the actual usage. The recommend temperature is 400⁰ However, it also depends on the type of aluminum used. Aside from that, substrate should also be prepared to make sure that the surface is clean. The aluminum sheet is placed to the heated press.
  3. A moderate pressure should be used when performing the pressing procedure. Depending on the aluminum sheet, the time to keep the substrate presses ranges from 90 to 120 seconds. Thus, giving time to ink to penetrate to the aluminum surface.
  4. Removing the Aluminum Sheet from the Heat Press Machine. When removing the aluminum sheet from the heat press machine, you should always wear a heat resistant gloves.
How to Store a Finished Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Designs?

The finished sublimation aluminum sheet designs should never contact with each other so the ink will not move from piece to piece.

What Sublimation Ink Suitable for Sublimation Aluminum Sheet?

Special sublimation inks are recommended to be used for sublimation aluminum sheet since it can provide a protective coating layer on the aluminum. Some of the sublimation inks are aqueous inks for large format printers. Solvent type inks are also used for wide head printers.

Is It Possible to Use Garment Sublimation Ink for Sublimation Aluminum Sheet Process?

The answer is yes. However, it comes with different challenges including color matching.

What are the Difference Between Digital and Dye Sublimation Aluminum Sheets?

Digital printing uses images that are directly printed to aluminum sheet surface. The design is printed on the top of the aluminum protective layer making the result much different from sublimation.

Sublimation on aluminum sheets heats the ink to be used so it can penetrate the aluminum protective layer. Therefore, the design are much durable and protected.

How Long Will It Take To Sublimate Aluminum?

It takes 60-90 seconds to sublimate aluminum depending on the artwork and size of the substrate.

What Is The Recommended Temperature For Sublimation Of Aluminum Sheets?

Sublimate aluminum at a temperature of 375-400°F

Are Sublimated Aluminum Sheets Durable?

Yes,

In sublimation, no layer is added on top of the sheet, but the ink digs under the surface which makes it highly durable.

What Are The Benefits Of Sublimation Aluminum Blanks?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Easy to clean

They can be wiped clean regularly without ink smearing.

  • Lightweight

Their lightweight properties make them easy to mount on different surfaces.

  • Scratch resistant

The dye becomes part of the product infused with the metal and thus won’t scratch off.

  • Multiple finish options

They are available in many finishes giving you any look you want for your product, e.g. white, satin gold, satin bronze, satin silver, satin gold, satin, and bronze.

  • Long-lasting and bright color

Special dyes are bonded permanently to the aluminum retaining their colors for years.

  • Heat resistant

Industries with high temperatures use the products without melting or running.

  • Great for small runs

It is great for photos, nameplates, business cards, seating, locker tags, and plaques.

  • Fire retardant

Sublimated aluminum withstands extreme heat.

What Are The Limitations Of Sublimation Aluminum Sheets?
  • The aluminum sheet can sublimate on white and light-colored print areas
  • In sunlight, sublimation will fade due to the effect of UV rays.
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