A heat press machine, enabled by pressure and heat, allows you to imprint different designs of your preference on a surface such as mugs or T-shirts. The machine requires a lot of heat production and higher amount of pressure within a specific period of time that is set in order to undertake the process.
The process largely involves heat pressed transfers so as to make desired prints and designs on the intended surface. A case in point, one may want to place the design of a company logo on a mug. This process will automatically involve a heat press.
What is a heat press machine?
There are two different types of heat press machines available on the market: manual and automatic. A manual heat press requires manual input of settings and instructions, in coded settings, in order for it to perform the intended and preferred process on a particular surface. It must involve human function. An automatic heat press only requires one to input the required settings—the preset time and the designs to be imprinted on a desired surface such as a cap.
As a result of recent technological advancements, there are heat press machines incorporating both manual and automatic functions and this is often referred to as a semi-automatic heat press. One is able to control heat and pressure levels within a set timing.
The popular heat press machines often have a platen to apply the components—pressure and heat—on the products. The platen is always flat. The heat presses have aluminum as the heating element with a rod attached to the aluminum, or a wire that is under the exposure of heat, which is makes contact with the element.
During generation of higher volumes of designed prints, dual platens are introduced. The substrates are manually placed and removed after the imprinting, under high pressure and very high levels of heat.
The final product is always unique and well-imprinted thanks to the ink that is placed on the sublimating paper which allows for transfers, enabling this process to take place.
There are different designs of heat presses on the market. This includes the clamshell design, the swing-away and the draw-heat press machines.
The clamshell designed heat press has upper and lower platens that are separated by a hinge. It involves the closing of the heated upper platen in order to apply pressure on the material being imprinted. It has several advantages. It is suitable for beginners because it’s easier to use and it is most portable compared to the other options. However, it may not be suitable for thicker materials.
The swing-away heat press involves the swinging of the upper part of the platen away from the lower part. The user, in this case, can easily access the lower platen without coming into contact with the heated upper platen. This type of heat press is advantageous because of its ability to produce high volumes of work and a much easier layout of the garment. However, it requires a larger space compared to those with clamshell designs, and is suitable for only experienced operators.
The draw-heat press has the lower platen pulling out often towards the user to avoid any contact with the heated underneath platen. This mechanism contributes to a non-heat work surface. The operator must exercise extra care in this case due to the movable work surface to avoid pulling the garments off without being heated. This heat press is ideally suitable for high volumes of work though it takes a larger space compared to the other two designs.
All of these heat press machines have similar features despite their different designs, in order to be functional. The machines must have consistent temperatures to ensure the upper platen is properly heated to apply on the garments. They all have the two platens, upper and lower that interchange and allow the application of the garments to be easy and manageable. They all have a display to accurately show the temperature and pressure during the application of prints on the garments.
When you consider buying a heat presses, you should always consider the warranty coverage, the product’s performance, the intended amount of production and several options provided by the service.
However, every buyer has different preferences and may go for a heat press machine that satisfies their interests.
After getting your heat press, you should decide on the design you want to imprint on your preferred surface, such as, T-shirt, mousepad or jigsaw puzzle. You might decide to use a photo, slogan, artistic work or any form of writing as a design.
After this, you have to print the design on a heat transfer paper. The paper enables the transfer after heat is applied on the T-shirt. You then remove the unwanted parts of the transfer heat paper, often the part of the paper that has no design to be implanted on the surface of the garment. Then place the intended design on the surface of the garment to mirror how it will come out, the final product.
Place the design and the garment in between the upper and lower plate of the heat press machine. After this, you can input your settings, the amount of heat and pressure within a preset timing in order to allow the transfer of design onto the garment. The final product will be ready with your preferred artwork on the garment.
Heat press machines require proper care while operating them. Heat presses are used by people at home for their own designs and in large design clothing enterprises.
Heat press machines have made it easier to have your favorite artwork on your preferred object, such as a T-shirt, hat, mouse pad, tote bag or sweatshirt.