Venturing into the world of dye-sublimation can lead to an adventurous journey of countless possibilities and profitable paths. From high-end wall tiles that elevate a space to small, personalized products that increase brand awareness, your imagination is the only limit to your business growth.
Investing in the right equipment and high-quality products can significantly impact productivity, efficiency, and profitability. One essential product for all businesses offering dye-sublimation is a heat press that can take on the necessary heat and pressure and deliver high-quality results every time. LexJet provides many solutions to fit your sublimation needs, including Geo Knight and Sefa heat presses. Not all heat presses are the same, so which one you invest in will depend on budget, space, and the level of automation you require.
Geo Knight Presses
Geo Knight offers presses of various sizes, manual and automated, with a heavy-duty, long-lasting solid steel welded framework. One popular option for smaller projects or a business just starting with sublimation is the manual Geo Knight Digital Knight 16×20 Swinger. The 16×20 swing-away moves the top to the side so you can have full access to the table to place your substrate, then swing the top back in place when you’re ready to press. This type of design can make t-shirt pressing a breeze!
The automatic version, Geo Knight Digital Knight Automatic Air, offers smooth automatic pressing and pushbutton activation providing a productive, fatigue-free operation.
The controller utilizes an easy-to-read oversized-digit LCD to show time and temperature simultaneously. These presses feature a high-accuracy pressure regulator and pressure gauge for specific psi settings, which is a critical factor for success when pressing different substrates that may each require a particular pressure for best results.
The operator can use the 70 programmable presets for saving common application settings of Temp/Time/Pressure, ensuring consistent, repeatable results for all applications. Having preset settings for each product you offer can save you time and avoid costly errors that may occur when the incorrect heat or pressure is used. Not enough pressure can result in faded-looking products, and too much heat may burn your design. Geo Knight boasts a lifetime warranty on the heat platen and an unprecedented 3-year warranty on the heat-control electronics.
If you’re looking for a different type of heat press that is not a swing-away or clamshell style, one option is Sefa’s SLIDE 1285 UL, a large-format, air-operated, manual-drawer press. The SLIDE 1285’s two independent heating areas make it suitable for sublimation on large-format textiles and large-format rigid substrates.
SUBLI 1510+ UL is a large-format pneumatic press with two motorized drawer plates dedicated to textile and rigid substrate sublimation. The pneumatic system allows heat and pressure to disperse evenly during the sublimation process, which reduces ghosting and other challenges customers have experienced with other heat presses.
Sefa worked closely with the ChromaLuxe® manufacturers to create the perfect heat presses for their high-end aluminum panels, so the Sefa and ChromaLuxe duo is a winning sublimation combination.
Popular applications for the Sefa solutions include sublimation to rigid substrates, textile sublimation, flex, and with ChromaLuxe Aluminum panels.
Unisub Sublimatable Blanks
Once you’ve chosen the heat press that will take your business to the next level, the next step is determining which products your company wants to offer. LexJet has many durable, easy-to-use sublimation blanks available such as Unisub coasters, ornaments, magnets, key chains, pet tags, and the beautiful ChromaLuxe wall tiles that will elevate the ambiance of any space. ChromaLuxe tiles are available in various sizes and finishes offering superior quality and durability.
Customized gifts and products are hot sellers, adding a much more personal touch to company gifts for employees, family and friends, and customers who want their unique gift or promotional products to stand out. The sublimation process is easy- choose your design, print, and press onto your chosen substrate for a unique product your customers will love.
No matter what you plan to offer your customers, we have high-quality equipment and products to expand your market. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.