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WHY HEAT PRESS T-SHIRT PRINTING
Heat transfer is a process of printing t-shirts in which the printed design is transferred from a special paper or vinyl onto the t-shirt through heat and pressure. Hence this process, the artwork is die cut on coloured vinyl or printed with speciality ink on speciality paper and then transferred to a garment by applying heat with a heat press. Heat-applied materials contain a heat-sensitive adhesive on one side and when heat is applied by a heat press to the material, the material adheres to the substrate to which it is being applied. Transfer printing is rapidly gaining importance in the textile and t-shirt printing industry. For example, process lets you print full-colour images on garments. Of course, advancements in heat transfer technologies have made this process better and it is also easier to make this type of printing on garments and t-shirts, but this is a time-consuming process, usually taking about three minutes to print a t-shirt.
There are different types and sources of transfers. Generally, a transfer is made up of vinyl & carrier paper and inks. When heat and pressure are applied to this paper the inks are transferred to the substrate you wish to print on to. Some transfers are topical, the image is applied to the surface of the substrate, and some other transfers are absorbed into the fibres of the t-shirt and they are called sublimation transfers.
- Heat transfer printing is clean and environmentally safe, which makes it appealing in today’s health and safety conscious work environments
- Use of specially formulated inks, and advances in graphics and software packages give the operators’ greater control and flexibility
- Can use several colors, as long as they do not overlap
- Photograph images are achievable onto t shirts
- They can be inexpensive for small runs of t shirt printing
- Expensive on large quantities of t shirts
- Cannot layer colors because the t shirt will become bulky and heavy
- The print does not last as long as silkscreen printing
- They do not look as professional as a silk screen printed t shirt
- You can print only on light colored t shirts
- The print is stiff and not as precise
- The print does not breathe well and may provoke sweating
- Cannot iron the print
TYPES OF HEAT TRANSFER PRINTING
Heat transfer printing, or more commonly known as iron-on or digital printing is done by using a heat transfer medium such as printable heat transfer paper or various types of vinyl rubber type material. Images and designs are being printed onto the various products, such as t-shirts and tote bags using a machine known as a heat press machine which is, in fact, a large ironing machine that presses the heat transfer medium with pressure.
1. PU Vinyl Heat transfer Printing
Most commonly used for heat transfer are PU vinyls. to print customized names and numbers for products such as t-shirts. This is the preferred way to print your customized team jersey t-shirts, class t-shirts and group t-shirts where individual t-shirt customization is required.
2. Reflective Vinyl Heat transfer Printing
Commonly found on certain sportswear apparel and gear and construction safety vests & uniforms. Reflective heat transfer vinyl printing can be done on not only t-shirts, but also other gifts such as tote bags and drawstring bags. Reflective heat transfer vinyl printing is perfect for runners, cyclists, those involved in construction, the safety industry or when making costumes for children that need to be seen in low-light situations
3. FLOCK Vinyl Heat transfer Printing
Flock heat transfer vinyl is a specially textured heat transfer vinyl for printing on not only t-shirts but other products such as hoodies, caps and more. Flock Heat transfer vinyl has a soft, fuzzy raised feel, a great way to add another dimension to your designs.
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