Printwear

July '12

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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er. But the initial assumption that it requires a wide-format setup isn't necessarily true. As it turns out, there are a few different ap- proaches that can be used depending on the type of print that you are trying to create. BIG Though there is no defined "standard," a typical full-front/full-back T-shirt print is usually 12" X 12" or less. Those with a sublimation printer with a maximum paper size of 8.5" X 14" obviously can't produce a 12" wide graphic, but can still deliver something that will work for most basic applications. But, this also doesn't re- ally qualify as big. Big sublimated prints typically check in around 12" X 18". Since most printers don't quite print to the edge of the paper, a unit that handles 13" X 19" paper (as a minimum) is required. In addition, the heat press has to be able to support transfer applications in the same size parameters. Keep in mind that, with the higher- quality presses, the heat is typically consis- tent out to within 1" of the edges of the platen, on all four sides, before it sees any decrease. How much of a decrease will vary by brand. Since sublimation is directly af- fected by heat press temperature, any sig- nificant drop-off in temperature along the edges of an image may result in a notice- able decrease in quality. A 16" X 24" press should be able to reliably handle images as large as 14" X 22". However, some of the lower-quality presses see consistent heating only out to within 2" of the platen edges. In that case, a 16" X 24" press would only be safe on a maximum image size of 12" X 20". (If in doubt, purchase a heat measuring device and test the unit.) The heat press plays a major part of the production equation when dealing with WWW.HEATPRESS.COM Programmable Presets, Alarms, Cycle Counter & More! NEW Bright Backlit Screen, Dual Pressing Timers, Automatic Release, Backwards Compatible Call us at (800) 525-6766 or visit www.heatpress.com to see the most technologically advanced heat presses, with the best warranties & support at surprisingly competitive costs. Use INFO #78 Use INFO # 44 2012 JULY PRINTWEAR | 89

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