Can I use a regular printer for sublimation?

Can I use a regular printer for sublimation?

It depends on the printer. The only printers commonly converted to sublimation are Epson inkjets. The key to sublimation is dye-sublimation ink, which contains heat-activated pigments. These pigments turn from solid to gas when heat-pressed and bind to a polyester or poly-coated substrate like a T-shirt, mug, or tumbler. Most popular brands of inkjet printer use thermal printheads, which use heat to bubble and spray the ink. If you try to use a normal inkjet printer with sublimation ink, you will sublimate in the printhead, discoloring and/or releasing the ink instead of transferring it correctly to paper. The type of printhead that is compatible with sublimation ink is known as a Piezo printhead, which does ‘cold’ printing by dispersing ink via pressure. Epson and Brother are the main home printer brands that use Piezo printheads.

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