What does a heat press do?
A heat press allows you to do a large variety of products that require heat to set or fix them permantly to a product. The most common uses for a heat press are heat transfer vinyls (HTV) that are cut using a vinyl cutter such as a Silhouette Cameo, Brother Scan and Cut, Cricut, Roland and many more.
A heat press can also be used to apply Printable heat transfer vinyls which are produced usually on either an eco solvent based printer such as a Roland BN-20, Mimaki, Mumutoh and others. There are also latex printers and UV printers that are also able to print on to printable heat transfer papers
A heat press can also apply inkjet transfer papers such as Neenah Jet Pro Softstretch, Jet Opaque and other brands aswell.
Alsmost all laser transfer papers require a heat press to apply them as they require higher heat than an iron can produce and these can also include the Neenah Ez-Print light wear paper and Laser 1 opaque plus other brands.
A heat press is also the only machine that can apply sublimation transfers to garments, sublimation blanks such as mouse pads, keyrings, mugs, tumblers and more.
And finally a heat press can apply pre-printed plastisol transfers to garments as again these arent able to be applied with an iron due to the types or inks and glues used for these.
Other uses for a heat press can include off setting DTG and screen printing inks to set them to the product.
Heat presses come in various shapes and sizes, with small portable A4 sized heat presses such as the Hobby Press and Hobby Press Pro up to the larger 16 x 20 Galaxy 20D Swing. There are also mug presses such as the Galaxy mug press pro, hat presses (Galaxy Hat Press) interchange heat presses and so many more.
There are many types of heat presses as well as brands. At Picture Perfect Products we sell and support the Stockman and Galaxy ranges of heat presses.