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Old February 14th, 2006, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know transfers are popular especially with t-shirts, but can somebody please clue me in? What's the difference between "digital heat transfers" and "screened heat transfers"? Thanks for the enlightenment.
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Old February 16th, 2006, 05:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: What exactly is "digital heat transfers"?

Digital Heat Transfers - Using digital printers (inkjet printers, thermal wax printers, etc.) to print a design on a special paper. The printed design is then applied on the substrate using a heat press.

Screened Heat Transfers - Using a traditional screen printing press to print a design on a special paper. The printed design is then applied on the substrate using a heat press. For mass production, flat-bed presses with vacuum table is optimal

Of course there are more differences, but that's basically the gist of it.

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Old November 9th, 2007, 10:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: What exactly is "digital heat transfers"?

Great explanation Marc! Very helpful.
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Old February 1st, 2008, 03:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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what about doing heat transfers on poly/spandex fabric? if not heat transfer what is the best print method?
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Default Re: What exactly is "digital heat transfers"?

Are the digital transfers more crisp and clean looking than the screened transfers? It always seemed to me that the screened ones don't look as clean or maybe I'm just encountering a poor product.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: What exactly is "digital heat transfers"?

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what about doing heat transfers on poly/spandex fabric? if not heat transfer what is the best print method?

Yes, this can be done on spandex.....contact the company called Stahl.
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