HP Latex Printers can print onto standard “heat transfer material” available in the market for inkjet printing. This is a material which usually consists of a liner, a heat-sensitive adhesive and the printable material itself, which is usually made of PVC or PU. This material should be printed with the provided “media profiles” from HP and run through a contour cutter to get a “kiss cut” (cut which does not reach the liner itself). Just afterwards, the weeding process can start, which consists of removing the excess of material which we don’t want to transfer to the fabric. The cut material is then ready to be transferred to a fabric: this is usually done with an “applicator tape”, which allows for the different pieces to keep its relative position, as well as to be placed on the right side for the transfer. The application tape is placed onto the fabric and the hot-press is run with the right specifications determined from each media vendor in their corresponding Data Sheet: time and temperature are the two main parameters, always keeping the right leve of pressure
Each heat transfer material has its specific fabrics where it can be transferred (polyester, cotton, nylon…). Check the corresponding Data Sheet of the different materials, to learn about these compatibilities.
If you want to learn more about the process and you want a list of of heat transfer material that have been tested to guarantee good printability and good transfer to the fabric. Please download the document below.