Sublimation Transfer Printing Or Screen Printing: How to Choose?

Sublimation transfer printing and screen printing, both printing methods work within their fields. Focusing on those aspects, here are some differences that will make it easy for you to understand which one serves what purpose the best.

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Similar to the previous one, cost-effectiveness also depends on how many numbers of t-shirts you want to design. As screens are expensive to produce, if it’s less than 300 garments, it’s not the best method for printing, considering overall printing costs.

When you print in bulk, more than 300, the cost will spread across each garment; thus, it will be a more cost-efficient option to go for.
With the heat press, the cost is pretty much the same for each item. You cannot use the same vinyl or heat transfer paper to print another t-shirt; each time, it has to be a new one. There is an exception with digital heat transfer; you can reuse the transfer paper, which will reduce overall printing costs.
Heat press method suits best when it's not bulk printing. It's preferable for on-the-go, on-demand printings.

For screen printing, you need to organize a screen for each color. So, if the design has 4 colors, you will need 4 different screens. Therefore, you have to prepare each screen, which is time-consuming.

However, if you are printing in bulk with one or two colors, then it will be much time-efficient.
When it's about heat transfer printing, each item will take the same duration no matter how many colors your design has. If you are to print less than 100 garments, the method will be time-efficient for your business. But, if it’s bulk printing, it will take a lot of time to complete the task.
Size of Printings
Screens are just big enough to cover large size t-shirts. But you cannot print large items such as tablecloths, garments of huge size, etc. And this is where heat press machine strikes. Industrial heat press machines are large enough to print huge sizes of graphics on an entire tablecloth.

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