Aluminum Insert Sublimation Instructions

Instruction Details

Temperature:
400°F / 204.44°C
Time:
60 seconds
Pressure:
Light
Substrate:
U4569, U4044, U4045, U4048, U4049, U4573 (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Additional Items Needed

Heat Press Method Instructions

Some items have a protective peel coat, some do not, be sure to check and remove it before proceeding.


1. Put down protective paper on the heat press platen.

2. Press Substrate Face-Down: Lay down the image and use heat tape to secure the substrate in place.
Some items are two-sided; if you want, you can print both sides at once; just insert the item between two transfer images.
You may also print one side, then the other; just allow the substrate to cool fully between pressings.

3. Cover with protective paper. Press using time and temp above.


NOTES:
Notes on gluing: We recommend e6000 (sold separately under part number 230025) or Liquid Nails For Small Projects, Clear Silicon Adhesive. Beware that the set time is 6 hours and the cure time is 16 hours.

For a quicker set time, we experimented with Liquid Nails for Small Projects, White Repair Adhesive. While the set time was 30 minutes, the cure time was 24 hours and the underlying residual white glue showed up on the edges of the metal.
You can get a faster cure time with 2 part epoxies, but they are a little harder to find in clear and can be wasteful as they use long disposable delivery tubes. We tested the Loctite Instant Mix Epoxy. Setting time was 5 minutes. The box indicated that the color was translucent yellow. The underlying residual glue really wasn't all that yellow. It was more translucent than anything else.

OUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE BASED ON USING A DK20S, DK3110 AND/OR A COUNTER TOP CONVECTION OVEN. TIMES AND TEMPERATURES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON WHICH EQUIPMENT YOU USE.

Heat Press Pressure Cheat Sheet

Level
PSI
Press Dial Level
Average Human Resistance Felt
Contact Pressure
10-15 psi
1 on press dial
Where the platen just makes physical contact with product
Light Pressure
20 psi
2 on press dial
Resistant with one arm pressing down, easy with two arms
Medium Pressure
40-60 psi
3-5 on press dial
Resistant with two arms pressing down, doesn't require usage of shoulders
Heavy Pressure
80 psi
6 and up on dial
Very resistant with two arms pressing down, requires lifting of elbows and shoulders to lock in place

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