As the the name implies, a heat press machine combines heat with pressure and is specially designed to imprint a design or graphic to a substrate. Although often used to adhere designs and graphics to fabrics and t-shirts, heat presses can also be used to imprint onto a wide range of substrates such as mugs, plates, caps, and other promotional or personal items.
New digital technology has greatly improved the functionality of the heat press as it provides greater control and consistency of temperature, pressure, and timing. Heat press machines are most commonly produced as a swing away version or a clam shell version. A swing away heat press allows the upper heat platen to swing away from the lower. The clamshell heat press machine has an upper heat platen that opens like a clamshell