Heat Press

What is a Heat Press?

  • A heat press is required for both sublimation printing and using heat transferable Vinyl. 
  • The heat press can be set to a specific temperature, and using pressure it transfers ink or vinyl onto fabric or other materials, such as mugs, jigsaw puzzles, water bottles etc.
  • A heat press is an essential tool for a Maker space. Heat Press normally come with addons to such as a Mug Press, Cap Press and Plate Press.  
  • Heat Press range in price depending on the quality of the heat press you require.

Sublimation: Print a T-Shirt

     What you need:

  1.  Sublimation ink
  2. Sublimation printer
  3. Transfer paper
  4. Heat press machine
  5. T-shirt with 50% or more Polyester

Step 1 – Create a design: You can use text and images and photos. To get best quality us a design software like Silhouette studio, Adobe studio or Canva an online design tool.

Step 2 – Print Design using Sublimation Printer: Print your design using a Sublimation printer, with sublimation ink on sublimation paper. Remember you will need to mirror you design before printing. Silhouette studio makes this much easier. 

Step 3 – Use Heat Press to transfer your design to the T-Shirt: Heat up the heat press to 150°C. Place your t-shirt in the heat press. Use heat resistant tape to fix your design in place. Close the heat Press at medium pressure for 60 seconds.

Heat Transfer Vinyl onto Bags

     What you need?

  1. Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  2. Cameo Silhouette 4
  3. Transfer paper
  4. Heat press machine
  5. Cloth Bag 50% Polyester

Step 1 – Create a design: To get best design use a design software like Canva an online design tool. There is plenty of existing designs in the Canva Library.

Step 2 – Cut the HTV using the Cameo Silhouette 4: Put your HTV into the Cameo shinny side down. Open your design in Silhouette studio, set up the page and send to Cut.

Step 3 – Weed your design: Using a weeding tool remove the material so as just to leave your design on the backing transfer paper.

Step 4 – Heat Press design on Bag: Heat up the heat press to 150°C. Place your bag in the heat press. Use heat resistant tape to fix your design in place. Close the heat Press at medium pressure for 15 seconds.

Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl

     What you need?

  1. Printable Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) 
  2. Laser Printer
  3. Cameo Silhouette 4 
  4. Transfer paper 
  5. Heat press machine 
  6. Product to transfer image onto

Step 1 – Create a design or image

Prepare a photo or design that you want to put onto a T-Shirt, bag, Mug etc.

 

Step 2 – Print and Cut the PHTV using a Printer and  Cameo Silhouette  4

Print your design onto PHTV sheet using a laser printer. Put your PHTV into the Cameo for cutting. Open your design in Silhouette studio, set up the page and send to Cut. 

 

Step 3 – Weed your design.

Using a weeding tool remove the material so as just to leave your design on the backing transfer paper.

 

Step 4 – Heat Press design on Bag

Heat up the heat press to 150°C. Place your bag in the heat press. Use heat resistant tape to fix your design in place. Close the heat Press at medium pressure for 15 seconds.