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Shop Area: Rapid Prototyping

Tool: Vinyl Heat Press

Requires in-person training: No

Procedure Number

UG 120-04, Rev. 1





Economy Combo Heat Press Model No.: ECH-800

The heat press uses various detachable forms to transfer specialized Heat-Transfer Vinyl on to different media including t-shirts, hats, mugs, glasses, etc. It does this by applying constant heat and pressure for a specified duration.

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  • Always remember to turn off the heat press when finished


Manual - https://heatpressauthority.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Generic-5-in-1-Heat-press-manual.pdf


Heat transfer vinyl is stored near the vinyl cutter, in the lower holes of the storage cubby. You can tell the difference between HTV and regular adhesive backed vinyl because regular vinyl has a paper backing and HTV has a clear plastic backing.

Heat press vinyl uses 30° blades, so you will need to change the blade from the default 45° in the cutter. Blades are found in the desk drawer labeled "Vinyl Tools".

When cutting heat transfer vinyl, be sure to cut the dull, colored side (NOT the shiny, clear carrier sheet).

Remember to mirror or horizontal flip your design before cutting, or it will be backwards on your final piece.

Stick your design onto your work piece (t-shirt, mug, etc.) and then put a teflon sheet between the design and the heat press to avoid burning your work piece. There are several adaptions for the heat press to fit different mugs, plates, hats, etc. stored under the heat press. 


When using the heat press, you need to know the temperature and time for your particular application. These values can be found in the manual, online, and below are values based on our own experience:

Ceramic tile transfer: (Mugs & Plates transfer is similar)
Set temperature: 180°C
Set time: 15 seconds

Cap transfer:
Set temperature: 180°C
Set time: 60 seconds

 T-shirt transfer:
Set temperature: 180°C
Set time: (chemical fiber use for sublimation transfer paper: 30-50 seconds; pure cotton use for T-shirt transfer paper: 10-20 seconds)

400x276pxTo set the time and temperature, press the 'OK' button on the heat transfer machine to cycle through each setting and the up and down arrows to change them. When ready, close the handle (should fit tightly around work peice) and press 'ENTER' when the heat press has reached the target temperature to start the timer.

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  • Some heat press vinyl is "cold peel" and some is "hot peel". If you design is peeling off with your carrier sheet, try waiting until the design has cooled before removing the carrier sheet.
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