Touched upon only briefly in the last article, we can assume that our imprinting needs determine the types of heat press machine that we are going to be using.
That is not always the case and this small write-up will aim to prove that fact!
There are two main attributes that a heat press machine has:
Their design style and whether they are automated or not.
1) The Clamshell Heat Press Machine
As the name implies by itself, in this design the upper plate opens up like a clamshell.
If you have ever tried to upon up a clamshell on your own, you would soon realize how strong and powerful these things are.
This can only mean one thing;
With the clamshell design, you can sleep tightly as you know that your imprint will stick permanently!
2) The Swing Away Heat Press Machine
Someone was very creative when attributing the different types of designs available for a press machine.
As a rule of thumb, we can see that they differ based on the relationship between the upper and under-platter.
This design dictates that the upper platen literally swings away from the lower one, allowing for precision and control, which this type is mostly revered for!
3) The Draw Style Heat Press Machine
This design focuses on the lower platter, making it very nimble and flexible by allowing for it to be pulled out.
This is done in order to deter the heat from damaging the platter if the imprint is not ready yet or you want to make some last minute changes!
4) Combination Of The Latter Machines!
Newer models allow for the mingling of different designs, the idea being that most of them have some positives which the other models lack.
So what did the machine designers do?
Combine different models together to ensure that the drawbacks are nullified and the positives are even more noticeable as you don’t have to purchase a new machine for every different occasion!
The most popular options are the Clamshell/Draw and the Swing/Draw amalgam.
Using common sense and logic, we can also see why that is the case;
The Draw heat press machine allows for flexibility and adaptability, so it could be seen as an upgrade, rather than a type!
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s observe the difference between manual and automatic heat press machines.
-Is more time-consuming.
-Allows for a bigger array of adjustments.
-Save a lot of time by setting the machine up and leaving it to do its thing.
-Once the process is in progress, it can be hard, if not impossible to do modifications.
-A new type, trying to combine the best out of both worlds.
-Uses electromagnetic openings to make automation possible.
-The closing process is manual, allowing for adjustments to be made on the go.
To conclude, it would be best to purchase a model that is semi-automatic and combines two or more different designs as it will surely give you the most bang for your buck!