The Heat Press Machine is used to print an image in to other items by using heat and pressure. These machines are widely used for printing in T-shirts, caps, Mugs, Bags, Wood, Metals and other miscellaneous fibres and materials.
A transfer consists of a carrier paper and ink. When this transfer is heated to a certain temperature and applied at a certain pressure the ink gets transferred and the design gets imprinted on the material. The temperature, pressure applied varies as per the material on which the image is needed and other such factors.
Types Of heat transfer
There are three different types of heat transfers that are used. They are
1. Computer transfer
This is the most popular type of transfer used nowadays. Ink jet transfers are popular and they are made of either wax based paper or ink jet paper used along with the ink. These are then used with ink jet printers and heat pressed. These are mainly used for light coloured clothes.
Sublimation transfers are another kind of transfers made with sublimation in jet cartridges and is known to produce high quality output.
2. Colour Copier transfer
These transfers are made using a special paper, after copying the image on to the paper it is simple heat pressed on to the material. These are mainly used for printing in fabrics and mugs.
3. Supplier transfer
These transfers are printed prior by special order with a supplier material by offset press or screening mechanism. These are supplied by companies and heat press of such transfers provide high quality output.
There are also other types of transfers like embroidered transfers, die cut transfers etc. which may come with special adhesives on one side which stick when heat pressed. The die cut is mostly used for numbers and alphabets and is widely used in sportswear for printing name and number.