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Types of Heat Pressses



Heat Presses come in various shapes and sizes that correlate to the various heat transfer products.  All heat presses have some kind of controls to regulate the temperature and the pressure.  The most common type of press is a Flat Platen Heat Press.  This is the type that is used for t-shirts, mouse pads, tote bags, jackets, tiles and basically anything that is flat.  The flat platen presses are available as a Clam Shell style or a Swing Away style.  The clam shell opens and closes like a clam, where the bottom platen is stationery and the top platen moves up and down.  The swing away press opens by lifting up the top platen, but then will move sideways so that it is completely out of the way for ease of placement and removal of shirts etc.


Products which are not flat require special heat presses.  The most common examples are the Mug press and the Cap press.  Since both the mug and the cap have curved surfaces, the mug and cap presses are designed to configure to the proper curvature of those products, making it easy to embellish those items.


Depending on the application, the type of press you will need may vary.  The important factors to consider when purchasing a heat press is to think about all the size and thickness of the items you want to produce in the near future and several years in advance.  For example, purchasing a 15” x 15” Clam Shell press will allow you to do heat transfers on most shirts, puzzles, tote bags and similar flat items.  However, you would not be able to do most of the athletic jerseys, large cutting boards and metals require a 16” x 20” or 20” x 25” heat press.  Additionally, some of the thicker items (i.e. sublimation tiles, mouse pads, plaques and other similar items) will require a Swing Away press that will provide uniform press on the item. 

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