Sublimation transfer only works on polyester and polymer-coated materials. HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) works on a wider range of materials.
A heat press machine is used to transfer designs onto a variety of substrates by applying heat and pressure. The 5 in 1 heat press machine has the ability to press onto T-shirts, caps, ceramic plates, ceramic tiles, mugs, coasters, jigsaw puzzles, lettering, and other miscellaneous fabrics and materials.
- Burns: The heat plate can become extremely hot and cause burns if touched without proper protective gear.
- Fire: The heat plate and other components of the machine can become a fire hazard if left unattended.
- Heat Press: A machine that uses heat and pressure to transfer designs, images or graphics onto various materials, such as t-shirts, caps, ceramic plates, ceramic tiles, mugs, coasters, jigsaw puzzles, lettering and other misc. fabrics & materials.
- Sublimation Transfer: The process of transferring a printed design onto a material using heat and pressure, with the help of sublimation ink.
- Sublimation Ink: A type of ink that transforms into a gas when exposed to heat, allowing it to penetrate and bond with the fibers of a material, resulting in a long-lasting, vibrant image.
- Teflon Sheet: A heat-resistant sheet that is used to protect the heat press platen and the material being printed on, from any damage or residue caused by the sublimation transfer process.
- HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl): Thin, adhesive vinyl used for creating designs and transferring them onto various surfaces using heat.
- Fabrics: T-shirts, caps, and other textiles
- Ceramics & Glass (mugs, plates, tiles)
Where possible, use the material's manufacturer recommendation for time and temperature. Below are reference temperatures and time recommendations for select materials. Try a small sample to get the right temperature and time needed.
|Polyester Fabric (sublimation)||375-400°F||40-75s|
Procedure for Sublimation Transfer to Polyester Fabric
- Print the sublimation design using sublimation ink and transfer paper. Remember to mirror the design so that it will be correctly positioned on the plate when transferred.
- Heat up the heat press to the required temperature for the sublimation transfer process (usually around 375°-400°F)
- Place the garment onto the lower platen of the heat press, making sure it is centered and smooth
- Cut out the design, making sure to leave a small margin around the edges
- Preheat the garment for 15-20 seconds using the heat press to remove any moisture and wrinkles
- Place the cut-out design onto the garment, with the printed side facing the garment
- Place a Teflon sheet under the fabric layer being transferred to and on top of the design prevent smudging and color bleeding
- Close the heat press and apply pressure and heat for the recommended time (usually around 40-75 seconds)
- Open the heat press and carefully remove the transfer paper, revealing the transferred design on the garment
- Allow the garment to cool for a few minutes before handling.