The Launch Pad has a Sawgrass SG500 sublimation printer. Sublimation printers use a special kind of ink that allows for the print to be transferred by heat onto another object. Members are able to use the sublimation printer as part of their free weekly supplies listed below.
The Launch Pad also offers two heat presses to help transfer your sublimation or other heat transfer designs. The HTVRont Auto Heat Press can be used for flat items such as shirts, tote bags, or tea towels. The Swing Design 4-in-1 Mug Press is used to heat press sublimation prints onto mugs and other drinkware.
Sublimation printing resources
Free Weekly Supply List
Free supplies are available for ITPLD library members, as well as reciprocal members with cards in good standing. Members are limited to 2 items each week taken from the Supplies List. No items will be sold through the Launch Pad. The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
Members are encouraged to bring their own materials if their project is larger than what weekly limits allow. Check out our Suggested Vendor List.
How does sublimation printing work?
Sublimation printing uses heat to fuse a special kind of ink to another material. First, a design is printed onto special paper using sublimation ink. The inks that are used in sublimation printing turn into gas when brought under heat, so when they are then combined with a chosen material while heat is applied, they transfer onto a material such as fabric or ceramic.
Watch the sublimation and heat press process for sublimating artwork on a mug: