Heat Press

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Heat Press
Heat Press.JPG
Name Digital Knight Heat Press
Zone Vinyl Shop

Owner Barry Callahan, Janet Callahan
Make Model
Part Number
Date Acquired
Storage Location
Authorization Required No
Status Running

Documentation Heat press user manual that similar to the model in i3: https://www.i3detroit.org/wi/images/3/3d/Heat_Press_DC8_manual.pdf
Other References




  1. Plug in the power cord. Turn on the power switch.
    1. Power switch location: On the left side of the head, find the "Power" label near where the black cord enters the head. The switch is on the underside of the head right next to the label.
    2. The label's partly hidden by a screw; if you're having trouble finding it, it's visible near the center of this photo of the press from the rear.
  2. Set up the temperature based on application (eg. Heat press vinyl for t-shirt is normally 350-375F) after press "TEMP" button. Use arrow buttons to adjust temperature.
    1. Here's how the display is laid out. **We don't have the "Pressure Bar Graph"** (this is the similar model described in "Heat_Press_DC8_manual.pdf", linked from the "Documentation" area).
      1. HeatPress-DisplayReference.png
  3. The machine is able to set a timer too with program button but for a few second heat pressing for shirt it may not necessary. It's probably easier just count the seconds.
  4. Wait for the hot plate for preheating until come to the temperature you set. There's not alarm tell you if the plate reach set temp so you need to check it constantly. Leave the top heat plate in open position while waiting.
  5. Swing the hot plate on the side. Put the side of shirt you want to use on the silicone pad and put the vinyl on to the shirt with the semi-transparent protecting film on top. Clamp down the handle until locked in position.
  6. Keep the hot plate in close position for a certain time based on your application (eg. Heat press vinyl for t-shirt is normally 5-7sec).
  7. Open the hot plate and swing the hot plate to the side. Gently peel off the semi-transparent protecting film (try to hold down the vinyl a bit if necessary).
  8. Cover the vinyl with beige cover sheet (currently stored in space 120 area). Then close the hot plate onto the beige cover sheet for anther certain time based on application (eg. Heat press vinyl for t-shirt is again normally 5-7sec).
  9. Open the hot plate and swing the hot plate to take your finished shirt out. YAY!
  10. If you have more than one place for to vinyl at, repeat step 6-8.

Heat Press brochure: http://heatpress.com/product.php?pn=63

User manual for a heat press similar to the one in i3: http://www.heatpress.net/pdf/dktwinst.pdf

Maintenance Info



As of 2022-07-02, I (Kevin Flory) haven't heard of the machine being used for years. It needs to be cleaned, then have a project run through it to confirm it still works.

I did a brief check today; more remains to be done.

  • A quick inspection doesn't show any obvious issues; the press boots when plugged in and powered on.
  • A rear controls box is missing its cover, though the connections inside appear good. I haven't read far enough into the manual for the analogous model to have an idea what the dial control does, though. See File:HeatPressRearBox.jpg and File:HeatPressRearBox-2.jpg.
  • The connections on the underside of the head also look good. See File:HeatPress-UndersideOfHead.jpg and File:HeatPress-UndersideOfhead-2.jpg.
  • There's a screw sticking up out of what, on the analogous model in the manual in "Documentation" is labeled the "Gibbs plate". However, it can't be further tightened and doesn't seem to serve a purpose. See File:HeatPress-GibbPlatesAndBasePlate-ShowingMachineScrew.jpg.
    • Reviewing this photo after the fact, there may be an empty screw hole in the same place on the left side.
  • I still need to review the manual for the analogous machine and clean the whole thing up.
  • Yajie hasn't been around for a while. I'll need to ask around and make sure that I'm the most qualified to teach myself to use the machine.

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