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3 2 H O T G R A P H I C S R E P O R T 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M CLAMSHELL VERSUS SWING-AWAY BEN ROBINSON, STAHLS' HOTRONIX W ith so many heat press- es on the market, it's hard to choose the right starter press for your new or expand- ing business. Do your research and determine which features and benefits will help maxi- mize your investment. The first question: "Should I choose a clamshell or swing-away type/ design heat press?" CLAMSHELL The type of heat press you choose is largely based off the size of your business, per- sonal preference, and workspace. Let's dive into the positives and negatives of most clamshell heat presses: PROS: • More portable frame and build • Fewer moving parts • Lower price tag • Compact size for more table space • Easy to use CONS: • Users have to work directly under the heat • Reduced layout area for apparel decoration SWING-AWAY Next, we'll look at swing-away heat press machines. These types of presses offer a few extra features and functionalities, so it's smart to look at the pros and cons for these presses as well: PROS: • Full layout and work area • Heat-free working space • Easier to achieve even and level pressure • Works well with thicker garments CONS: • Requires more space to fully use swing-away function • Not as portable due to it being heavier than a clamshell Left: Investing in a spe- cialty press such as a hat press is a great option if your customers consistent- ly ask for caps and hats. Right: Shops should think beyond their imme- diate needs and plan for the future when deciding what kind of heat press to purchase. (Images cour- tesy Stahls' Hotronix) tesy Stahls' Hotronix) tesy Stahls' Hotronix) When both large quantities and size of substrates is a require- ment, only large-format presses can do the job. (Image courtesy HIX) Keep the pad safe from transfer inks and the impact of hard- er substrates by using pad protectors. (Image courtesy HIX)

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