First Steps with the sublimation machine

Did you know that the menus for the configuration of your machines can vary drastically depending on the model? Are you ready? We always ask you to investigate further to get a good result.
Primeros Pasos con la máquina de sublimacion

Ready! We congratulate you, because with this blog you are already expanding your knowledge about sublimation and how it can contribute to your business or project. In this blog we will explain some basic concepts, what you should know when buying a sublimation machine:

  • How does the menu work?

This may sound strange to you, but as you read it, although there is a "base" for the machines, that is, they are all based on choosing the temperature, then the time and proceeding to heat it up to do the job. The basic model of the controller looks something like this:

This one has "SP" to choose the temperature, "ST" to choose the Time and at the end of the menu, it allows you to choose between °C-°F, it is quite simple.

There are other models such as cups:

In the case of this model when you turn it on, you must press "ok" and that allows you to place "P-1", which refers to the temperature, then "P-2" which is the time or in some cases includes the final temperature , it also has a hidden menu to set between °F or °C.

  • What grades does it handle?

Although in the previous point we mentioned the choice between degrees, many computers are configured exclusively for Fahrenheit or Celsius, so it is good that you know what you are dealing with.

  • Maximum temperature?

Although this may not be such an influential factor, it allows you to know how far you can "take" your equipment and what jobs can be done, most reach 260 ° C, but this amount can vary.

  • Does it allow swapping resistors?

This is important, because if any resistor gets damaged, in the case of the combos or the cup machine, you should be able to replace it without much hassle, although due to controller compatibility, this can be an arduous task.

  • Anything else I should know?

Sublimation is applied mainly on polyester surfaces, that is, the textile must have at least 25% of its content that is polyester, likewise the cups and plates have a special coating on their surfaces that allows them to receive the ink when moment of heating with the sublimation machine.

What else do you like to know?

Here we leave you a small contribution about the "recommended" temperatures to work on some projects, they are not the only ones, but they are the ones used by us and the ones we recommend:

sublimation of:

  • T-shirts (textiles, applies to caps)

180°C-200°C for 60 seconds

  • Cups

175°C-200°C for 180 seconds, these times can vary, because if you exceed them you could burn the cup.

  • Caps (as it is textile, it applies the same process as t-shirts).

180°C-200°C for 60 seconds

  • Plates

190°C-200°C for 140 seconds

  • Vinyl Textile, can vary depending on the brand, this material has no surface limitation, it can be for any type of fabric:

150°C-160°C for 10 seconds

After this entry, we want to invite you to continue learning more about this world of graphic arts and to keep informing yourself, so that your knowledge does not stop here.

Emi Group RD

Desde 2017