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Flat Heat Press Or Calender Heat Press For Sublimation Transfer Printing

Flat Heat Press Or Calender Heat Press For Sublimation Transfer Printing

Sublimation transfer printing requires the use of a flat heat press or calender heat press to execute the sublimation process. While both devices are designed to transfer images to a substrate through heat and pressure, each sources heat through different methods. Let’s have a look at the difference between heat press and calender.

flat heat press1. Flat Heat Press

A flatbed heat press presses fabrics, non-curved objects, and pieces such as mouse pads or doormats, as large as the heat platen and table allows. In large format, this size starts at 30×40 inches and can exceed 10×10 feet in a custom configuration.The device may be set up manually, semi-automatically, or fully automatic and driven with air.

Heat presses are available in many sizes and designs. Unlike a calender press, heat presses can also be used to transfer images to mouse pads, glass, ceramic tiles, and HD photo panels.

calender heat press

2. Calender Heat Press

A rotary or calender heat press is designed to affix heat or cure printed fabrics in three ways—continuously from a roll, sheet, or cut pieces. You can invest in a machine which handles all three applications or in one that just presses roll to roll. Calenders use two drums, either heated with oil or an electrical IR rod inserted in the drum. The speed of these machines is dictated by the size of the drum and consistency of the heating element.

The calender process includes feeding material over or under a rotary drum. Widths vary between 1.2m and 3.2m, with large custom orders possible. Drum diameters vary from 200mm up to 800mm and larger. Drum size is related to speed. The larger the drum, the faster production speeds can be achieved. However, calenders are limited to only flexible media making them ideally suited for flags, banners, and apparel production.

Calenders consist of a series of hard pressure rollers that finish or smooth a sheet of material like paper, textiles, or plastics. It’s also used to form plastic films and apply coatings. These devices are designed for roll to roll sublimation, typically for textiles.

When determining heating equipment width, there are two considerations – the size of the sublimation printer and the future requirements to what will be produced.

We FeiYue Digital Technology Co., Ltd mainly manages sublimation paper, inkjet printer, digital printing inks, calender machines and accessories, operating digital printing industry has been more than 10 years experience. After continuous improvement of the product, to ensure product quality can also be profit at the same time to the minimum, to ensure that customers enjoy the best price and the best quality products.


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