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Old 11-26-2014, 07:29 AM   #1
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color laserjet transfers for shirts and mugs

Hope someone can help.

I work with with high school aged students with special needs.

I manage enterprises within the schools to provide work experiences for these students. We also have students working in the community with community partners. Most of our in school programs are coffee shops but I would like to expand our opportunities and open a print shop that can handle copying for teachers and the making of hats and t-shirts and mugs for our sports teams. I am looking at embroidery machines for some of those needs but we need something faster, cheaper and more appropriate for t-shirts etc.

Unfortunately true screen printing isn't an option because of the fumes. Is the commercially available color laser transfer paper a workable solution if used with a quality press on a quality shirt?
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As long as you match the material with the right transfer and printer it should work fine with either laser or inkjet printers but anything past small batch jobs is going to kill you on cost of materials versus simple screen printing. Using printers and transfer paper you really need to saturate the images.

For more versatility look into adding a vinyl plotter / cutter into the mix. That would let you do sports teams, windows stickers, etc.
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Great idea with the vinyl plotter!
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Old 11-29-2014, 12:54 PM   #4
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I've been wanting to get a personal one for quite a while.

On the screen front I guess you ruled out UV inks because of the handling problems?
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Hope someone can help.

I work with with high school aged students with special needs.

I manage enterprises within the schools to provide work experiences for these students. We also have students working in the community with community partners. Most of our in school programs are coffee shops but I would like to expand our opportunities and open a print shop that can handle copying for teachers and the making of hats and t-shirts and mugs for our sports teams. I am looking at embroidery machines for some of those needs but we need something faster, cheaper and more appropriate for t-shirts etc.

Unfortunately true screen printing isn't an option because of the fumes. Is the commercially available color laser transfer paper a workable solution if used with a quality press on a quality shirt?
Don't buy a Chinese embroidery machine. Tajima is good as are a few others. Don't bother trying to embroider T-shirts, too thin. Caps fleece and polo's etc are good for embroidery. Software can be extremely expensive.

Vinyl cutters are great.

Mug press and/or clamps for an oven work with dye sub systems. Gel packs as in Ricoh printers SG3110 are much better than other ink systems that are expensive and clog if not used regularly.

T-shirts can be dye sub'ed when the correct type. Special paper for dark shirts is available but generally the lighter the better.

I've not tried the laser option so you'd have to read up on that but I'm sure it would be ok just check the paper costs to compare systems.

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Oh, depending on what special needs kids you work with they could have hours of fun picking the excess little tiny bits from your vinyl cutter images...


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Thanks! Much more research is necessary
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Loads of info here...

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