Classic Heat Transfer Vs CAD-Cut
Classic Heat Transfer Vs CAD-Cut
In this fast track, speed-to-market world, critical factors such as on time delivery remain ever present and challenging. No one wants to be confronted by a potential roadblock which can eat up valuable time and energy and reduce overall efficiencies. With the delivery of product deadlines always at a premium, the ability to perform fast turnaround from initial transfer graphic to the client receiving their order. It is important that as many separate steps can be eliminated in print production and just as importantly when the transfer is applied to garment. Classic heat transfers can be applied to multiple fabric and garment types without the additional steps of CAD-Cut weeding or double pressing of the transfer during its application to garment.
Heat Transfer Choices:
When viewing choices for heat transfers, the first question that should be asked is, do I want to apply the heat transfer to a garment quickly and effectively with little or no down time?
It’s not a question of how detailed the transfer graphic will be or how large or small the design, but rather of the total time it takes to apply the transfer graphic image to the garment. What will you have to do to obtain the fastest application time and how will it deliver repeatable quality images when applied to a garment?
Without proper explanation or demonstration of CAD-Cut and Heat Transfers, this can put both transfer types at a possible disadvantage as the values of both will not be seen in their best light. Let’s briefly review the process involved in applying CAD-Cut transfers:
- Removal of film excess
- Fine line definition graphics need care not to tear film during the weeding / removal of film process.
- Use of sharp tool to lift edge of film to start the weeding peel process
- Additional pressing of transfer after the initial application of transfer to garment.
Vinyl transfer substrate is mounted onto a carrier substrate. Transfer design is then cut out using a vinyl cutter and excess vinyl film around the design is then stripped away (weeded). The garment is placed onto the heat press, transfer is positioned on the garment, heat press heat / pressure applied, excess film backer is removed.
If the transfer is to consist of more than one color, the same process will have to be repeated for each subsequent color. Align second color transfer, cover graphic design again with cover sheet, heat press one more time. Repeat the process with subsequent colors.
The advantage of using the cutting, weeding heat press application method is that this type of transfer is targeted toward low volume businesses. However, this transfer method is not a geared as a multiple quick turn process.
When viewing CAD-Cut heat transfers it is not that difficult to imagine how its process would impede fast track, direct-to-market effectiveness, especially where the customer demand is for large volume, high graphic resolution, multiple color, quick and easy single step operation.
So what are the alternatives to CAD-Cut transfers?
Classic Heat Transfer
- Ready to be applied to finished apparel
- No Cutting, No Peeling, No Multiple Passes
- No time consuming set-up time
- Single Step Transfer Application
- Straight forward, quick and efficient
- Targets High Volume Custom Embellishment
With Classic Heat Transfers both Screen and Digitally printed embellishments are now demonstrating their efficient capabilities in every area of heat transfer function and business development.
Here are how classic heat transfers are produced: A graphic image is printed on paper or film substrate, either via screen printing or digital printing methods. The garment is placed onto the heat press platen, the transfer is positioned onto the garment and the transfer is then applied via heat press. The entire film carrier is then removed and the garment is ready to wear.
Typically, the transfers are pre-printed in various sizes, often even several designs are printed in one run. Once the transfers have been semi-cured, it’s easy to then apply them to various garments. This user-friendly transfer process provides multiple options for the end user.
Values of Classic Heat Transfers
Let’s recap the values of using a Classic Heat Transfer vs. a CAD-Cut Vinyl transfer:
- Graphic Parameters: Spot Color, Four Color Process, Full Color Photo Reproduction
- Color accuracy & consistency
- Fabric dye bleed resistant
- Print Style: Digital, Screen Print, Offset Lithograph
- Fully Stretchable, Tough & Durable
- Soft / Smooth Hand
- Low Temperature Heat Press Application
- 50 Wash Standard
- Environmental Standard