Heat Transfer Printers
Heat printing (also known as thermal transfer printing, heat transfer printing, and thermal printing) refers to the use of heat to transfer an image or design from heat-applied materials to other objects known as substrates (shirts, mugs, etc).
Solvent-based inks are used to print the entire graphic image on high-quality paper. The ink adheres to the material when the paper is heated and the graphic image transfers to the promo item.
3 things are required in the heat transfer printing process
- Printer – In order to accommodate larger designs, heat press machines tend to be larger than inkjet printers. Heat transfer printers are similar to normal inkjet printers aside for the size and use of special transfer paper and ink.
- Ink – there are a few different types of inks used in heat transfer printing to achieve different finishes. Due to its affordability and accessibility, inkjet ink is most commonly used. Sublimation printers use dye sublimation ink for dye sublimation printing and pigment printers for fade resistance.
- Heat Transfer Paper – Heat-transferring paper usually has a wax and pigment polymer coating that forms a permanent bond with the fabric fibers when heated. To offer greater design flexibility, transfer paper typically comes in sheets 13″ by 19″.
Heat transfer papers are designed to work with either inkjet or laser printers and are not cross-compatible. So, if you have an inkjet printer, you will need inkjet transfer paper. If you have a laser printer, you will need laser transfer paper.
Picture Perfect Products offers an A4 Epson Heat Transfer Printer Package (NEW CHIPLESS MODEL).
Heat Transfer Printer FAQs
Heat Transfer Paper vs. Sublimation Printing
Ink used in sublimation transforms into a gas when heated, which embeds itself in polyester fabric, or hard surfaces with a poly-coating. Upon cooling, it becomes solid and a permanent part of the fabric. In other words, the transferred design isn’t layered over the fabric, so there is no difference in feeling between the print and fabric underneath. This also means that your images are extremely durable, and under normal conditions your images will remain as long as the product itself.