April '17

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6 THE SUBLIMATION REPORT • Spring 2017 • • Transfer images up to 5 inches high and as close as 1/2 an inch from the handle, depending on the mug size. (Tip: To decorate a piece of drinkware that does not have a handle, wrap a printed transfer around the entire mug and rotate the mug halfway through the pressing cycle). 3D VACUUM OVEN Technotape 3D Vacuum Oven for Sublimation Transfer Vacuum ovens allow digital decora- tors to sublimate things that are not flat, e.g., dinner plates and one-piece phone covers (a 3D press works by removing the air between the printed transfer and substrate via a vacuum pump, precisely conforming the image to the substrate). Although this type of machine has been around for a long time, the vast majority of them have been both temperamental and inconsistent, resulting in wasted time and money. Technotape, a well-known subli- mation distributor and manufacturer in the Netherlands, is now offering an easy- to-use and consistent 3D oven that's sure to make money. • The Technotape 3D oven is a desktop unit with a small footprint and low noise operation. • Technotape phone cases do not require additional equipment such as preheat ovens for blanks or a hole punch for print registration. • Developed for 3D products less than 3/4 inches in height. • The A3 (roughly 11 by 17 inches) transfer size works well for pro- ducing three to four smart phone cases per sheet in about four to five minutes. This means that you can easily produce more than 300 cases per day. IMAGE COURTESY GEO KNIGHT & CO. There are many new features that come with the DK20S swing-away heat press from Geo Knight. IMAGE COURTESY DAVID GROSS Technotape is now offering an easy-to-use and consistent 3D oven.

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