Sublimation | A technological marvel

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Digital printing is increasingly present in everything that surrounds us. Until today we could enjoy this technology in our homes with a mere print of a document, in the doctor's office looking through all those information brochures, in the streets with all those overlapping posters, in the bus shelters and in a long etc. Advertising is probably the one that has taken most advantage, until today, to digital printing, but it was expected that technological advances in the printing sector would involve entering into this wonderful world of the digital era to sectors such as architecture, interior design or even fashion.

In the latest edition of FESPA 2018 in Berlin, we could see how 2 apparently opposite industries collaborated in a joint project: Digital printing by sublimation in fabrics for haute couture collections. The designer Richard Quinn presented his new collection with prints printed by digital printing, filling the space with color, light and textures.

At the same time, we could also see in the last edition of Hostelco 2018 in Barcelona, ​​as the architecture and design studio Boma, together with the interior designer Carmen Martí, revolutionized the event with a somewhat peculiar proposal of a hotel room. Its walls, ceiling and bed submerged you to a parallel world, with designs, in this case, of waves of the sea printed on their tissues by means of a digital printer by sublimation. They managed to recreate the perfect scenario to not only enjoy a night of tranquility but giving the user the possibility of living a sensory experience in their rooms.

It is because of such extraordinary ideas that in Base 3, we wanted to unite this creative endless offering the possibility to our customers to reinvent themselves with the technology that makes it possible to create these designs full of light and color, digital printing by sublimation.

But what does it really consist of and what makes it special? The impression by sublimation comes stomping and undoubtedly symbolizes one of the most effective methods to create a wide variety of customizable textile products and on demand.

This technology allows to transfer a print or photograph on a polyester fabric offering a high quality and a wide variety of designs.

The process

The process of sublimation printing consists of a process by which the inks are printed on a transfer paper or directly on a coated polyester fabric by an inkjet printer prepared for that purpose.

The inks are then transferred from the support to an object or fabric by the action of heat and the pressure exerted by a thermal press.

Sublimation only works on at least 80% polyester composite fabrics or on special items made of polyester or coated with this material.

When applying heat and pressure, the ink sublimates (becomes gas) and then the polyester absorbs it.

The result is an impression that is part of the fabric or coating, does not fade or wear easily, has no texture or weight, so it does not touch or scratch.

In Base 3, we have acquired one of the best sublimation digital textile printing machines on the market, the EFI VUTEK ® FabriVU capable of printing on a 3m wide surface. It offers everything you need to produce high quality images at industrial speeds, with low cost and high profitability.


  • High water resistance
  • Resistance to UVA rays
  • The inks are odorless
  • Water-based inks so their pollution to the environment is much lower
  • It allows to generate short production runs, being able to generate several designs in the same run.
  • It does not occupy space in its transport since it can be folded and does not wrinkle.
  • Printing and customization on polyester fabrics (PES)


  • Varied displays, such as Photocall, light boxes, PopUp stores, stands, etc.
  • Fabric printing backlight, blackout, display and flags.
  • To apply in the systems of profiles of aluminum, decorating ceilings, walls or separating spaces.
  • Printing on acoustic fabric to soundproof a room.
  • Customization of cushions, puffs, hammocks, armchairs, curtains, etc. for events, retail sector or interior design.

Our proposal

With this acquisition we want to give our clients the opportunity to surprise, to create unimaginable spaces in their offices, events, stands, stores or shopping centers offering an experience to its users, beyond a mere decoration.

We believe that innovation is a matter of attitude and technology does not scare us but gives us the strength to grow, that is why we are one of the few companies in Spain that has this technological marvel with the intention of revolutionizing the architecture sector, the decoration of interiors, the hotel industry, the rettail sector and the world of events.


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01 February, 2019 | BLOG base3 BACK


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