HOT PRESS


Hot press is effectively an ‘Iron-On’ transfer or a ‘Digital Print’ of a design, graphic or corporate logo to an item using a commercial heat press machine which applies high heat and pressure, for a preset period of time to permanently seal the transfer. The digital technology in our machines enables precise control of heat, pressure levels and timing, so our clients can enjoy high quality transferred items that are long lasting. They also benefit from highly effective patterns and great effects using our hot press technique.

Our machines are engineered to imprint artwork on fabrics and garments, such as t-shirts, jackets, HI VIS vests, hats and bags. However, hot press can also be used to imprint designs on mugs, plates, jigsaw puzzles, and other promotional products. Our presses have been the backbone of hundreds of businesses over the past 2 decades, providing a reliable workhorse of a product that stands up to the demands of imprinting business and manufacturing.

Hot press is quoted per artwork/ order and costs are based on quantities of items, artwork design complexity and how many layers/colour applications are required (surcharge may apply). There are no minimum quantities to order for iron-on printing, however, a minimum order of 5 is required for digital print.

Hot Pressing - 'Iron-On' Process & Requirements

Iron-on hot pressing involves creating an image in reverse, printing it to a coloured vinyl, and then transferring the image from the vinyl to a garment using heat and pressure. It is ideal for quick turn-around times and small quantities, including one-off items such as printing names and numbers on sports uniforms.Our clients can choose more than one colour, however, it requires additional time to carefully layer solid colours to create the desired design. For example; Iron-on can be done in 2 colours, as long as it doesn’t require to be lined up. Small intricate lettering cannot be achieved for iron-on.

Artwork Design:

Create or adapt a design for hot press, bearing in mind that bold simpler translate best. Next, send us the design in a High Resolution Vector file (e.g., EPS or PDF) so we can flip the image horizontally to create a reverse image (mirror image) and translate for printing. A photo can be digitally printed; however, no changes can be made unless artwork can’t make the image in high res.

For an additional fee, we can layer colours to create patterns, one application at a time. A signed approval for artwork is required prior to printing.

Transfer Image Preperation:

Once a reversed image is created, the coloured vinyl transfer is fed into our industrial cutter plotter with the clear plastic backing facing down. The machine then cuts the contour of the image. Pick tools are then used to ‘weed’ the vinyl and the excess vinyl is then peeled away.

Heat & Pressure:

Heat press involves placing the garment on a platen to keep it flat and wrinkle-free. Our commercial heat press machine applies high temperature (typically 196º C) and pressure for around 30-60 seconds to affix the transfer to the fabric. The fabric cools momentarily for around 30 seconds. No drying or curing is required. After that time, the plastic backing is peeled off the design and the item is ready to be packed and delivered.

Hot Pressing - 'Digital Print' Process:

Digital print hot pressing involves creating an image, printing it on to transfer paper using ink from a printer, and then transferring the image from the paper to a garment using heat and pressure. Digital print gives our clients the option to create more complex designs, using multiple colours.

 At Brandworx, we digitally print on a white colour background, which means you will see a white boarder.

Artwork Design:

Create or adapt a design for hot press. Your creativity and imagination is the only barrier here. Next, send us the design in a High Resolution Vector file (e.g., EPS or PDF) so we can translate for printing. Custom made digital printed garments are printed using CMYK Black White. This is the same process that is used in paper printing and can produce high detailed, high colour results. A signed approval for artwork is required prior to printing.

Transfer Image Preperation:

Once an image is created and uploaded into our computerized system, it is then printed through our industrial ink-jet printer onto transfer paper using a heat transfer-compatible ink. The design is then ready to be applied by heat and press to the garment (i.e. polo shirt).

Heat and Pressure:

Heat press involves placing the garment on a platen to keep it flat and wrinkle-free. Our commercial heat press machine applies high temperature (typically 196º C) and pressure for around 30-60 seconds to affix the transfer to the fabric. The fabric cools momentarily for around 30 seconds. No drying or curing is required.