Mug Heat Press

Geo Knight Mug Press DK3

Used to heat press mugs to transfer sublimation ink. This press is designed specifically for mugs meant to be sublimated on (sold in space). Create custom mugs to personalize them, label them, and apply images for an occasion or gift.

What is Sublimation?
A dye-sublimation printer prints a special ink onto a special type of paper. The ink (or dye) can then be heat-transferred onto polyester materials or materials with a polyester coating, called “sublimation blanks.” Through this process, you can create designs and heat-transfer them to t-shirts, mugs, bags, puzzles, and more.  

Explore
Sublimating a Ceramic Mug 
Sublimating a T-Shirt or Flat Object

*Samples outside of this list may not reflect the capabilities of the machine, design files needed, or materials approved for use in our space. 

Machine use is free and time limited. Some materials available for purchase.If you are bringing your own materials, they must be compatible with the machine—see Approved Materials List

Project Planning

Terms to Know 
Substrate - surface or material upon which you are transferring sublimation ink
Sublimation Blanks - blank items specifically produced for the sublimation process
Bleed - design process that has color going beyond the area that the final item will take so that no white or undyed space is left after sublimating. 

Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Use of the heat press equipment is free. Sublimation paper (printing included) is available for purchase

Does this machine require training?  
Before you can use the sublimation printer or mug heat press, you must: 
1. Have a MidPointe Library card.
2. Have completed and submitted an Innovation Pointe waiver. Waivers can be completed in the space during normal hours. Minors MUST have a parent or guardian sign in-person.  
3. Register for, attend, and complete a Sublimation Beginner Badging class. You can register for a badging class by speaking with an Innovation Pointe Staff Member (Sublimation) OR complete the Competency Badging by reviewing the assigned materials and demonstrating competency with an Innovation Pointe Staff Member. Materials for review can be obtained from a Staff Member (Flat Heat Press but no sublimation).

How do I plan a successful project?
Think about the image that you want to use or create. Sublimation is dye process, not a heat-transfer, so the dye is being added to whatever color your sublimation item starts as—this is why most sublimation items are white. Dying a black or dark grey will not show the added color, and some colors mix from the original color with the added dye. Think about what you would like to sublimate and the size of the item you will be working with. If you are planning to sublimate onto a t-shirt, think about the placement under the heat press. Nothing can be put under the heat-presses that has a low melting temperature, including plastic buttons, decals, or “tagless tags” on t-shirts that are rubbery (100% polyester).

What materials can I use in the machine?
Materials used for sublimation must be made specifically for sublimation. Fabric or t-shirt material must be 60% or more polyester (without decals that could melt onto the press). Other flat items, or sublimation blanks must be purchased already able to be sublimated (with a polyester coating). All mug press items must be purchased from Innovation Pointe to ensure compatibility. 

How long do I have to use the machine?
Patrons have 1 hour on the machine; for longer projects, patrons can reserve time.

How do I reserve the sublimation equipment?  
To reserve equipment for a longer or more complicated project, you must schedule a consultation with staff. Once staff has approved the project, they will schedule your reservation.   
Reservation times are: Wednesday 5:00-9:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, Sunday 1:00-5:00 PM.   
Patrons are limited to one reservation per week.   

What should I bring?
Design: A design that fits on our sublimation paper (11"x17”, 8.5"x11”, 4"x9.5”), saved as a PDF file stored eitherin your email or on a USB Drive. You can also create a design on our computers at Innovation Pointe.
Materials: Sublimation blanks. Innovation Pointe will have limited stock of coasters, mugs, water bottles, travel mugs, puzzles, 4"x9.5" paper, 8.5"x11" paper and 11"x17" paper available for sale. T-shirts or fabric material must be a minimum of 60% polyester and light in color (preferably white or off-white) in order to work correctly. Any non-fabric material you plan to sublimate onto must be created specifically for sublimation purposes (search “sublimation blanks). Patrons must bring with them receipts for any outside materials as proof of the material suitability.What are the specifications of the machine?The sublimation printer is CYMK only—it does not print white. 

Resources
Condé Systems' Tori Blackmon shows how to image a variety of products using dye sublimation transfer. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0Z8GnGNKXLtsltFzxTZJZ70_YkqrEyhM 

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