What is it?

The Sawgrass SG500 lets you personalize a variety of polyester-based items like mugs, coasters, and t-shirts. Simply create or find a design on your computer, then print it using the provided sublimation ink. The magic happens next: with a compatible heat press (available on-site), heat and pressure transform the ink into gas, permanently infusing it into your chosen material. The result? A stunning, full-color design that won't crack, peel, or fade – a perfect way to personalize everyday items or create unique gifts!

Sublimation Printer

What can I do?

Turn everyday items into extraordinary creations!

Sublimation printing lets you personalize a wide range of products with stunning, long-lasting results. Imagine your designs on:

  • Clothing: T-shirts, sweatshirts, and onesies
  • Home Décor: Coasters, throw pillows, and ornaments
  • Kitchenware: Mugs, pot holders, and cutting boards
  • Everyday Items: Tumblers, mouse pads, and koozies

What does the Makerspace provide?

  • Sawgrass SG500 Sublimation Printer: This high-tech printer delivers vibrant colors and crisp details for your designs.
  • Fancierstudio Heat Press: Ideal for flat items like t-shirts, coasters, and mouse pads.
  • JP700 Mug Press: Designed for customizing drinkware including standard mugs, latte mugs, skinny tumblers, and shot glasses.
  • Sublimation paper & ink: To ensure optimal results and printer functionality, we require the use of our high-quality sublimation paper and ink. These are not available for purchase separately but are included in the printing costs.

Printing Costs:

Sublimation printing costs are based on the size of your design. This price includes both sublimation paper and ink usage.

  • Mug Size (4.5" x 9"): $0.50
  • Letter Size (8.5" x 11"): $1.00

How do I use it?

  • One-on-One Session: New to sublimation printing? Schedule a One-on-One appointment with a Makerspace expert for personal support to guide you through the process, from uploading your design to sublimating your item.
  • Independent Use: Feeling confident after your sublimation intro? Reserve the sublimation printer and heat press for your own creations! Submit an Equipment Reservation request online or call us at 847-458-6060 option 7.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your digital design: Saved on a USB drive or readily accessible for printing.
  • The item you want to personalize: Make sure it's a sublimation blank! These are typically items with a polyester coating.
    • For fabric: Choose white or light colored materials with at least 60% polyester content. For the most vibrant results, aim for 100% polyester fabric.
  • Extra material for practice: It's always a good idea to bring some extra material for testing purposes. This allows you to practice the sublimation process and get comfortable with your settings before tackling your final project.

Sublimation Pro-Tips!

  • Light Colored Fabrics Only!: Sublimation ink works best on white or light colored fabrics. Think of it like trying to draw with a dark marker on black paper - the colors won't show up! Choose light colored items for the best results with sublimation printing.
  • Plan for Project Time: Remember, crafting is a journey! Be prepared to spend some time creating your masterpiece.
  • Practice Makes Perfect: Bring extra materials for practice pieces to get comfortable with the process.
  • We're Here to Support You: Our staff is always happy to assist you with your project. While we can't guarantee success every time (sublimation can be a bit finicky!), we'll do our best to help you troubleshoot and achieve great results.

Sublimation Resources

Free & Paid Design Options:

  • Design Bundles & Creative Fabrica: Both offer "Free Designs" or "Freebies" sections with account creation. Upgrade to a subscription for unlimited access to their entire library.
  • Free Sublimation Designs: Browse and download free PNG files instantly - no account needed!
  • Jennifer Maker: Sign up for their email list to access a complimentary library of printable designs suitable for sublimation.
  • Craft House: Download free designs instantly or unlock the full library with a membership.