Heat transfer printing, as the name suggests, is a type of industrial printing in which the image is transferred using heat and, to some extent, pressure. In this type of printing, the desired image is first printed onto rolls of foil using a device known as a helio printer.
In this industrial printing method (heat transfer printing), the rolls are installed on a transfer machine, and through the application of heat and pressure, the image is transferred onto the desired surface—depending on its texture, material, and type.
Heat transfer printing allows for the creation of a wide range of colors (in some forms of this printing, the number of transferable colors is virtually limitless). The print quality in heat transfer printing is so high that it is commonly used for many images on various parts.
Heat transfer printing easily handles complex images with diverse colors. Unlike simple printing methods like pad printing and silk screen printing, this type of printing requires less skill to achieve beautiful results.
This type of printing is also a favorite among interior decorators, as heat transfer printing can serve both industrial and decorative purposes.
Due to the high heat involved in this type of printing, it is primarily used for parts that can withstand high temperatures. The ink used in this type of printing generally has a higher resistance to wear and tear compared to other industrial printing methods.