Times and temperatures list for small format products

We created a time and temperatures table to guide you in the sublimation process to produce small format items:

The following guidelines represent the best, most general instructions we can provide. This information may change as we make continual improvements and refine our processes. Below guidelines are for a swing-away heat press with a Nomex pad. Please remember that heat presses may vary. Please check with your manufacturer for any special concerns. 


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ALL TEMPERATURES ARE 385°F / 195°C

 (small format = up to 11"x14"/279.4x355.6mm)
   
These guidelines were created using a Swing-Away GeoKnight Press, size 20" x 24"/508 x 609.6 mm with pressure of 60 PSI. They represent the best, most general instructions we can provide. Please remember that heat presses may vary.  Check with your press manufacturer for any special concerns.  This information may change as we make continual improvements and refine our processes.

       
AWARDS & PLAQUES Substrate Thickness inches Substrate Thickness mm Time Special Notes
Plaque Clock, MDF 0.75 19.1 1:25-1:35  
Plaques, MDF 0.625 15.9 1:25-1:35  
Plaques, MDF 0.5 12.7 1:20-1:30  
Streamline Awards, Hardboard - Cross 0.25 6.4 1:15-1:25  
Streamline Awards, Hardboard - Lg Round 0.25 6.4 1:20-1:30  
Trophy Disk Inserts, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:30-0:40  
BAG TAGS Thickness inches     Thickness mm  Time   Special Notes 
Bag Tags, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:50-1:00 1 side at a time
Bag Tags, FRP, 2-Sided 0.09 2.3 1:10-1:15 1 side at a time
Bag Tags, Natural Wood MDF, 1-Sided/2-Sided 0.156 4.0 0:45-0:55 1 side at a time
BASKETBALL GOAL Thickness inches    Thickness mm Time Special Notes 
Basketball Goal, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:35-1:45  
BOOKMARKS Thickness inches    Thickness mm  Time Special Notes 
Bookmarks, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:40-0:50  
BUSINESS CARDS/HOLDER Thickness inches    Thickness mm Time Special Notes 
Business Card, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:50-1:00 2 sides at a time
Insert for business card holder, Aluminum  0.03 0.8 0:50-1:00  
CLIPBOARDS Thickness inches   Thickness mm Time Special Notes 
Mini Clipboard, Hardboard, 2-Sided 0.125 3.2 1:30-1:40 1 side at a time
Standard, Creative Border Clipboards, Hardboard, 2-Sided 0.125 3.2 1:40-2:00 1 side at a time
CLOCKS Thickness inches   Thickness mm Time  Special Notes
Clock Face, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:30-1:40  
Clock Face, Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:35-1:45  
Clock Face, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:30-1:40  
Offset Clock, MDF 0.75 19.1 1:30-1:40  
Tabletop Clock, FRP 0.09 2.3 1:10-1:20  
COASTERS Thickness inches  Thickness mm   Time Special Notes
Raw Back Coaster, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
Cork Back Coaster, hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
Cork Back Puzzle Coaster Set, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
Inserts (discontinued), FRP 0.09 2.3 1:10-1:20  
COAT HANGERS Thickness inches Thickness mm  Time Special Notes
Coat Hangers, MDF 0.625 15.9 2:00-2:15 Endura fabric recommended
DOOR HANGER Thickness inchesThickness mm  Time Special Notes
Door Hanger, FRP, 2-Sided 0.09 2.3 1:20-1:30 1 side at a time
JEWELRY Thickness inches  Thickness mm   Time Special Notes
Bezel Inserts, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:30-0:45  
Charms, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:30-0:45  
Button, FRP 0.09 2.3 1:00-1:10  
Lapel Pin, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:30-0:45  
Cuff Bracelet, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:45-1:00  
ID Tag, Aluminum, 1-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:35-0:45  
ID Tag, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:40-0:50 2 sides at a time
KEY CHAINS Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time Special Notes  
Key Chains, Aluminum, 1-Sided 0.03 0.8 0:40-0:50  
Key Chains, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:50-1:00 2 sides at a time
Key Chains, FRP, 2-Sided 0.09 2.3 1:00-1:10 1 side at a time
Key Chains, Natural Wood MDF, 1-Sided/2-Sided 0.156 4.0 0:40-0:50 1 side at a time
KEY HANGER Thickness inches Thickness mm   Time    Special Notes 
Key Hanger, MDF 0.625 15.9 1:50-2:00  
LICENSE PLATES & FRAMES Thickness inches Thickness mm Time  Special Notes 
License Plate Frame Strips, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:00-1:15  
License Plates, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:15-1:20  
License Plate (clear gloss), Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:10-1:15  
Action Plates (discontinued), Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:10-1:15  
License Plate Frames, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:05-1:15  
Mini License Plate, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:05-1:10  
MAGNETS Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time  Special Notes 
Magnets, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:45-0:55  
Magnets, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 0:45-0:55  
Magnets, FRP 0.09 2.3 1:00-1:10  
Magnets, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
Magnets, Natural Wood MDF 0.156 4.0 0:40-0:50  
Magnets (textured), Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
MESSAGE BOARDS/PLACE MATS Thickness inches  Thickness mm 
Time  Special Notes 
Message Boards/Place Mats (Raw Back), Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:35-1:45  
SMALL EXT & HD METAL PANELS Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time   Special Notes 
4x4"-6x6" Metal Panels, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:00-1:10  
8x8"-11x14" Metal Panels, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:20-1:35 Endura fabric may be needed for large panels
NAME BADGES Thickness inches   Thickness mm   Time  Special Notes 
Name Badges, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:45-0:55  
Name Badges (clear gloss), Aluminum 0.045 1.1 0:45-0:55  
Name Badges, FRP 0.09 2.3 0:55-1:05  
NAME PLATE, INSERT Thickness inches  Thickness mm    Time   Special Notes 
Name Plate Insert for Holder, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:55-1:05  
Name Plate, FRP 0.09 2.3 1:00-1:10  
ORNAMENTS Thickness inches  Thickness mm   Time Special Notes   
Ornaments, Aluminum, 1-Sided 0.03 0.8 0:40-0:50  
Ornaments, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:45-0:55 1 side at a time
Ornaments, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 1:00-1:10 2 sides at a time
Ornaments, Natural Wood MDF, 1-Sided/2-Sided 0.156 4.0 0:45-0:55 Requires 0.1" bleed
Ornaments (textured), Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:00-1:10  
PET TAGS Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time Special Notes  
Pet Tags, Aluminum, 1-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:35-0:45  
Pet Tags, Aluminum, 2-Sided 0.045 1.1 0:40-0:50 2 sides at a time
PICTURE FRAMES Thickness inches  Thickness mm Time Special Notes 
Picture Frame 8" x 10" for 5" x 7", MDF 0.625 15.9 1:00-1:20  
Picture Frame 8" x 10" for 4" x 6", MDF 0.625 15.9 1:00-1:20  
Picture Frame 8" x 10" offset for 4" x 6", MDF 0.625 15.9 1:10-1:25  
Picture Frame 8" x 10" for 4" x 6", Natural Wood MDF 0.625 15.9 1:00-1:10 Requires 0.1" bleed
Picture Frame 8" x 10" offset for 4" x 6", Natural Wood MDF 0.625 15.9 1:05-1:15 Requires 0.1" bleed
Picture Frame 7" x 8.5" offset for 4" x 6", Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:00-1:05  
PUZZLES Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time Special Notes 
Puzzles, all shapes, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:30-1:40  
SERVING TRAYS Thickness inches  Thickness mm  Time Special Notes
Large Tray Insert, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:50-2:10 Use Endura fabric
Small Tray Insert, Hardboard 0.125 3.2 1:40-2:00 Use Endura fabric
SHAPED HD METAL PANELS Thickness inches    Thickness mm   Time Special Notes
ChromaLuxe Small Circle and Creative Border Metal Panels, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:30-1:40  
SHAPED WOOD PANELS, HARDBOARD Thickness inches   Thickness mm  Time Special Notes
ChromaLuxe Hardboard Creative Borders & Arch Top Panels, Hardboard (up to 11" x 14") 0.25 6.4 1:05-1:25  
SIGNAGE, EXTERIOR Thickness inches  Thickness mm 
Time  Special Notes
Yard Signs, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:20-1:30  
Garden Stakes, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:10-1:20  
Building Signs, Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:30-1:40  
ChromaLuxe EXT Metal Panels, Aluminum (up to 11" x 14") 0.045 1.1 1:30-1:40 Refer to metal panels section
SIGNAGE, INTERIOR Thickness inches   Thickness mm    Time Special Notes
Hanging Signs with Ribbon, Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:10-1:20  
Signs of Life, Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:20-1:30  
Oval Door Sign, FRP 0.09 2.3 1:10-1:15  
Steel Dry Erase Boards, Steel 0.023 0.6 1:30-1:50 Press face down, line back with poly fabric
STARTER KITS Thickness inches  Thickness mm     Time Special Notes  
Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:00-1:05  
Aluminum 0.045 1.1 1:05-1:10  
Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:05-1:10  
MDF 0.625 15.9 1:10-1:25  
FRP 0.09 2.3 1:10-1:15  
STICKY NOTE HOLDERS Thickness inches Thickness mm    Time Special Notes  
Sticky Note Holder, Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:00-1:05  
Sticky Note Holder Insert, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 0:45-0:55  
TILES Thickness inches  Thickness mm   Time  Special Notes 
Tiles, Hardboard 0.25 6.4 1:05-1:15  
TRAILER HITCH COVER Thickness inches Thickness mm  Time Special Notes
Trailer Hitch Insert, Aluminum 0.03 0.8 1:00-1:05  
WOOD PANELS, HARDBOARD Thickness inches Thickness mm Time Special Notes
ChromaLuxe Wood Panels, Hardboard (up to 11" x 14") 0.25 6.4 1:05-1:25  
ChromaLuxe Wood Panels, Hardboard (up to 11" x 14", textured) 0.25 6.4 1:20-1:45  
WOOD PANELS, MDF & NATURAL WOOD MDF Thickness inchesThickness mm
Time     Special Notes
ChromaLuxe Wood Panels, MDF (up to 11" x 14") 0.625 15.9 1:20-1:40  
ChromaLuxe Wood Panels, Natural Wood MDF (up to 11" x 14") 0.625 15.9 1:10-1:25 Requires 0.1" bleed
ChromaLuxe Wood Panels, MDF (up to 11" x 14", textured) 0.625 15.875 1:30-1:50  



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