In yet another edition of Tips and Tricks, we have Edsel Barrios lay out the basics in Heat Press Settings for direct to garment printers. The heat press is an essential tool for those printing with direct to garment technology because it is necessary to cure the ink that is laid onto the garment. In this video, we cover the time and temperature that is necessary to cure your prints, the pressure needed for individual garments, the placement of the heat press in relation to your printer, and the electrical requirements for the heat press.
The time and temperature for curing ink on particular garments is one the most important things to remember when using your heat press. The temperature and time varies for light and dark color garments. When pressing light garments that did not use white ink in the graphic, you can set your heat press at 356 degree for 40 seconds. But when you are pressing dark color garment that use white ink, you should set your heat press at 330 degree for 90 seconds. Improperly curing your inks will lead to bad washing results, or the ink cracking, fading, or peeling.
Pressure is another important aspect of heat press settings. In general, your heat press should be set to medium to heavy pressure. Pressure can usually be adjusted through a knob located at the topside of the press. If the pressure is not properly adjusted, the ink will not be cured properly.
Finally, we discuss the proper placement of the heat press in relation to the printer and inks that you store. It is imperative that you keep your heat press a minimum of five feet away from the printer. If your printer is too close to your heat press, your heat press will dry out vital parts inside your printer. The electrical requirements for the heat press are also vital. You should plug in your heat press to a separate electrical socket. The reasoning behind this is that most heat presses can use anywhere between 10-15 amps of electricity.
We encourage you to watch the Heat Press Settings video from our Tips and Tricks Playlist on the AnaJet YouTube Channel. Should you have any further questions or suggestions for future Tips and Tricks tutorial videos, email us at Video@AnaJet.com.