Today I’m excited to share a new tool I’ve received in my studio.
I will be unboxing a StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press but in a little bit different fashion.
First, let’s get all the disclaimers out of the way.
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I am excited about this StarCraft 8-in-1 heat press because it includes several attachments that I do not have in my studio, such as a cup press and hat press.
All my opinions are my own.
I know the first question most will ask is….
Do I recommend this heat press?
And I want to start off with, so far so good.
I have done my first press with the cup press as you will see below and I was impressed with the results. I will be using it more and more in the future and will update things as I do.
StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press Unboxing
I did a time lapse video of my unboxing and first test with the StarCraft Heat Press which can be viewed on the Silhouette Secrets+ YouTube channel HERE
And I also took photos along the way to share the unboxing in this blog post.
Note: this post below will be photo heavy.
So let’s get started.
The StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press Photo Unboxing
This is a StarCraft 8-in-1 12″ x 15″ Swing Away Heat Press – Silver in color.
It is packed very well.
Remove everything from the box and remove all bubble wrapping.
One of the cup attachments is in the backside of the cup press, so make sure to check there too.
This StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press includes a hat attachment, Plate (8″ and 10″) attachment, Mug (9 oz, 11 oz, and 12oz) attachment, and Tumbler attachment (fits 20 oz and 30 oz)*
*Tumbler attachment is not for a full wrap
And heat safe gloves.
To attach the cup press, unhook the main platen electric cord on the front and the display cord on the bottom of the main press circuit board.
Plug the cup press main electric cord and the display cord in to the main circuit board.
This is how the cup press gets the information for time and temperature from the main press display.
Tip: test the object you are pressing on in the press before it’s heated up so you can make any adjustments for pressure prior to the press being hot.
Set the temperature and time on the press according to the blank you are using.
Consult the instructions from the manufacturer for the specific blank you are using for time & temperature.
With this StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press, it has 3 different modes that you can preset with settings to choose from. This is an awesome feature!
I found the mug press heated up very quickly.
First Test Press
I had a sublimation print from a few weeks back that I hadn’t used, so I just grabbed it to test with.
This sublimation print was designed in Silhouette Studio and printed direct from Silhouette Studio to my Epson F-170 Sublimation printer.
For hard surfaces, clean the blank with alcohol and let it dry.
This will get rid of any oils, dust, or debris that is on the blank.
Try not to touch the sublimation surface again.
Use a lint roller on the dry cup and roll it a few times. This will pick up any lint or fiber debris that is often unseen by the naked eye. Any fibers or specks on the sublimation blank can cause the ink to adhere to it and leave spots on the finished product.
Wrap the sublimation print to the object tightly and tape it securely using heat tape.
Sublimation works with both heat and pressure.
If the sublimation paper is not tight on the object it can cause ghosting of the ink.
I love this Multi-Roll Heat Tape Dispenser in the photo above. It rolls the heat tape through & then cuts small sections that are the perfect size to tape down areas of a project.
This way I don’t need a third hand to cut tape off.
When the heat press has come to the correct temperature, slide the mug carefully into the press.
If not using a full sheet of paper, make sure to use parchment paper to protect the press around your mug to prevent “ink blow-out” getting on your press platen.
I was so excited to do this test that I did not get my print centered on my mug as you can see in the photo above and following. But, it’s all a learning process!
Once the press time is done, using the heat safe gloves, carefully remove the cup and place on a heat safe surface. It will be VERY hot!
I am using an Artesprix Protective Project Mat that withstands up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
This protects my table tops and gives it a safe place to cool off.
Once cooled, carefully remove the sublimation paper and heat tape.
My cup was still pretty warm so I used my heat safe gloves and the Siser EasyWeeder tool to remove the paper and tape.
Once it was fully cooled, I could snap a few photos.
As this is my first practice press, I learned a lot!
But I am so excited with how it turned out because my previous attempts with my convection oven did not turn out as well as this.
On this side of the cup, there is some color fading at the bottom and along the edge.
This indicates to me that I needed greater pressure in that area.
So I will make sure to get my mug perfectly centered in the press and look at increasing the pressure on that side of the press.
This side turned out with just a bit of fading at the bottom of the mug. So I’ll look to increase the pressure on the bottom side of the press for next time.
But the side was perfect and a nice edge.
Now, this was just a test print I had lying around. I may not do a full-ish wrap in the future or I’ll make the print to fade out more on the edges on purpose, so it gradually lightens on purpose.
If you were just sublimating a design on each side, you wouldn’t have edges that close to the handle in most cases.
You can see the difference here in the edges. Complete and 100% user error on my part.
I know it and I know I was excited to test it. So that is completely on me.
Overall, I am very pleased with my first test on the StarCraft Heat Press and how it worked out.
I am excited with having these new tools in my studio and seeing what I can create with it in the future.
The next biggest challenge was finding a home for this new StarCraft 8-in-1 Heat Press.
I knew I wanted a dedicated space for it and it needs clearance to move as it swings out.
We have added several Husky Workbenches and an Adjustable Height Workbench to my studio area this past year and I really like how they are built and the wood tops. So I started looking for something that would work for this heat press station.
This Husky 4 drawer Rolling Tool Cabinet was perfect!
I also added the Hardwood Tool Cabinet Top for the toolbox and it fits perfectly! Plus I have dedicated storage space for the attachments, parchment paper, heat gloves, Teflon sheets, heat tape, and more.
And I can move it any where in the studio to use it, which works great if I’m making videos!
Now the ideas are flowing with more projects that I can complete with these new tools!
Make sure to check out the video time lapse of the entire unboxing process as well on the Silhouette Secrets+ YouTube channel HERE.
Thank you 143 Vinyl for letting me test this new-to-me tool!
I look forward to sharing more!
If you are looking for sublimation tutorials or using Silhouette Studio for sublimation, check out the Sublimation header on the blog HERE.
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