EN02 - How to Sublimate A Ceramic Mug In A Convection Oven

EN02 - How to Sublimate A Ceramic Mug In A Convection Oven
 EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap 400°F / 204°C 12 -­‐ 15 MINUTES 5 -­‐ HEAVY VIDEO: http://youtube.com/v/FQ3U6Ks4wLk&cc_load_policy=1 Substrate Examples Ceramic mugs, ceramic water bottles, pet food bowls, ceramic vases, ceramic containers. Before You Start This is a guide only, based on production with Sawgrass Sublimation Inks -­‐ times, pressures and temperatures will vary and you will need to experiment to find the optimum combination for your production system. Remember that sublimation requires high temperatures so take appropriate care when handling substrates and equipment. Key Points: •
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Always read the manufacturer’s instructions for the press and the substrate -­‐ settings may vary between brands. Ceramic products must have a polymer coating for sublimation. All ceramics take time to heat up – sublimation transfer times will be longer than other substrates. Always ensure that the wrap fits snugly around the substrate, with equal pressure on all surfaces. This process utilizes a convection oven instead of a heat press. Different size wraps are available for different size substrates. Minimum Equipment Required •
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Sawgrass Supported Printing System Sawgrass Sublimation Inks High Quality Sublimation Transfer Paper Substrate Wrap Convection Oven Quality Coated Mugs Manufactured For Sublimation (‘the substrate’) Protective Teflon Sheet or Absorbent Paper Scissors Heat Resistant Adhesive Tape Heat Protective Glove EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap ©Copyright 2000-­‐2013 Sawgrass Technologies Instructions 1 Create your image using a standard graphics program in RGB mode. The ideal design and print resolution is 300dpi. If available, use graphics templates provided by substrate manufacturers for exact print sizes. 2 Print the image in reverse (mirrored) onto sublimation transfer paper. 3 Trim the excess paper around the image. 4 Attach the transfer print (image side against the mug) with heat resistant tape. Ensure that the transfer is tightly pressed against the entire surface. 5 Wrap the substrate and transfer print in a Teflon sheet or absorbent paper to prevent any excess ink from coming in contact with the wrap. EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap ©Copyright 2000-­‐2013 Sawgrass Technologies 6 Place the wrap around the substrate, latch and secure as per the manufacturer’s instructions. 7 Preheat the convection oven to at 400°F / 204°C. 8 Place the wrapped substrate in the oven and cure for 12 -­‐ 15 minutes. (Refer to wrap and substrate manufacturer’s recommendations for exact settings.) 9 Remove the transfer quickly and smoothly to stop the sublimation process. Beware the substrate will be very hot! EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap ©Copyright 2000-­‐2013 Sawgrass Technologies 10 Cool the substrate -­‐ gradually in the air or quickly in the room temperature water in accordance with the mug manufacturers’ instructions. Recommendations 1 Make a Test Piece. Define the actual printable area that will ensure consistent quality results. For example; a mug may take an image up to 0.25’ / 6mm from the top and bottom edge and no closer than 1’ / 25mm from the handle horizontally. 2 Create a Production Reference Log. Make a log of the optimum settings for each substrate for future reference. Include substrate and manufacturer, temperature, pressure and time settings. EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap ©Copyright 2000-­‐2013 Sawgrass Technologies Substrate Manufacturer Temp Time Mins : Secs Pressure Low -­‐ High Notes 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 EN02 -­‐ How To Sublimate A Ceramic Mug Using A Convection Oven And A Mug Wrap ©Copyright 2000-­‐2013 Sawgrass Technologies 
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