Nov 8 '19 | By
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With SEF heat transfer films for plotter cutting and printing, you can expand your product offering to include heat transfers for sports teams, groups such as sororities, fraternities and businesses. It’s a great way to ignite your sales and profits. Heat transfer materials can be applied to t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, caps, bags or any fabric material.
The SEF line of heat transfer materials consists of four families of products. FlexCut™ and FlockCut™ are for plotter cutting. FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ are print and cut materials. SEF FlexCut™ and FlockCut™ heat transfer materials consist of a heat-activated adhesive coated on either a polyurethane or flock facestock, laminated to a plastic release liner or carrier film. With the carrier on the bottom, the top layer is the adhesive. After the graphics are cut in reverse, the carrier serves as the application film. This clear film carrier allows the user to accurately position the graphic, which prevents misalignment.
FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ consist of a facestock coated with a heat-activated adhesive on a film carrier. With the carrier on the bottom, the top side is the printable surface. After the material is printed “right reading”, and contour cut, the matrix is weeded and the graphics are laminated with a hot mask type of application tape, such as SEF’s FlexTape.
Vinyl versus Polyurethane
Vinyl heat transfer films are often considerably less expensive than polyurethane films. These vinyl films are thicker, less flexible and less durable than polyurethane. After multiple washings, vinyl heat transfer graphics tend to become brittle and crack.
If you have a plotter, you can use the same vector-based software that you use for cutting vinyl graphics. The only difference is that you will cut the SEF FlexCut and FlockCut materials in reverse or “wrong reading”. The 45° blade that you use for cutting vinyl graphics is also the same that you will use when cutting any of the SEF films.
Always do a test cut prior to production. The SEF FlexPrint™ and FlockPrint™ families of heat transfer materials are digitally printable with solvent, ecosolvent and latex inks. When printing SEF materials, a generic ‘heat transfer media’ profile will generally provide acceptable color reproduction.
After the SEF media is printed, cut and weeded, apply the hot mask application tape, such as the SEF FlexTape, with a squeegee to the printed graphic. Remove the carrier or release liner of the heat transfer media and apply it to the garment. Printed polyurethane or vinyl heat transfer media generally require medium tack or high tack hot mask application tapes.
Transferring printed flock films is extremely difficult, because of the highly textured surface of the flock fibers. Standard application tapes used for vinyl graphics, including ultra-high tack tapes, just don’t work.