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Heat Transfer Material Comparison Chart

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This reference chart can help you better understand our heat transfer materials and how they can meet your heat application needs. Characteristics are rated on a scale from 1-5, with 5 indicating "more."

CAD-CUT® Heat Transfer Material
CAD-COLOR® Media

Product Attributes
Production Attributes

Product Finish Finish:
The sheen on the face of the material.
Soft Hand Soft Hand:
The pliability and to the touch feel of the material after application to a garment. Materials with a soft hand are also typically lighter weight for wearer.
Stretch Stretchability:
The elasticity of a material relates to its ability to expand and recover during wear and tear. A ranking of 1 is not stretchable, a rating of 5 is highly stretchable.
Wash Washability:
A material's rated life cycle when laundered in accordance with its specified care instructions. The GroupeSTAHL Product Testing Lab concludes wash testing at 50 cycles, these are the most durable materials.
Weed Weedability:
A subjective rating which rates the ease at which a graphic from a material can be prepared for application. 1 = difficult to weed, 5 = very easy to weed.
Cut Detail Cut Detail:
Material's ability to handle finer details for cutting. 1 = does not handle details well, 5 = handles fine detail. Quality cut details can be impacted by the quality and accuracy of the cutting blade as well as machine setting of speed, downforce and offset.
Time/ Temp Peel
3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Semi-Matte No 3 50 4 5 10-20 sec/ 325-350°F Cool
AirFlow™ Semi-Matte Yes 4 50 3 5 10-15 sec/ 302°F Hot
ECONOPRINT™ Semi-Matte Yes 2 50 5 3 12-15 sec/ 330°F Warm
Fashion-FILM® Matte Yes 3.5 50 5 5 15 sec/
320°F
Hot
Fashion-FILM® Electric Matte Yes 3 50 5 5 15 sec/
320°F
Hot
Fashion-LITE™ Matte No 3.5 50 4 5 10-15 sec/ 302°F Hot
Fashion-REFLECT™ Matte No 2 50 4 5 5 sec; 5 sec/ 305°F Warm
Flock Velvet Yes 2 50 3 4 15-20 sec/ 320°F Cold
Glitter Semi-Matte No 2 50 4 5 10 sec/
330°F
Cold
Glitter Flake™ Textured Glitter No 3 50 3 3 10-15 sec/ 320°F Cold
Glow Matte Yes 3 50 4 4 10-15 sec/ 305°F Warm
GORILLA GRIP® II Semi-Matte No 3 50 4 5 2 sec; 10 sec/ 320°F Cold
Hologram Gloss No 2 50 3 4 10-15 sec/ 320°F Cold
Neon Matte No 3 50 4 5 10 sec/
320°F
Cold
Patterns Semi-Gloss No 1 20 5 3 10-15 sec/ 320°F Cold
Pebble Puff Textured Pebble Grain No 2 10 3 3 5 sec; 15-20 sec/ 330°F Hot
Perma-TWILL® Matte No 2 50 4 3.5 20 sec/
350°F
N/A
Poly-TWILL™ Matte No 2 50 Sewn 4 3.5 10 sec/
330°F
N/A
Premium Plus™ Matte Yes 5 50 3 3 8-12 sec/ 280-330°F Warm or Cold
P.S. Poly-TWILL Matte No 2 50 Sewn 4 3.5 10 sec/
330°F
N/A
Reflective Matte No 2 50 4 5 2 sec; 15 sec/ 330°F Warm
SportFilm Lite™ Matte Yes 3 50 3 4 15 sec/
320°F
Warm
Super Film™ Matte Yes 4 50 5 5 10 sec/
300-320°F
Cold
Thermo-FILM® Semi-Gloss No 2 50 4 3 6-8 sec/ 330°F Hot
Thermo-FLOCK® Velvet No 3 50 4 4 8 sec/
350°F
Cold
Thermo-GRIP® Semi-Gloss No 2 50 4 3 6-8 sec/ 330°F Hot
Product Attributes
Production Attributes

Product Finish Finish:
The sheen on the face of the material.
Thickness (mils) Thickness:
Thinner material often has a softer, lighter hand on the item being decorated. Thicker material will perform better on unstable polyester dyes. When setting cutter down force, the thicker the material, the more down force is required to cut it.
Stretch Stretchability:
The elasticity of a material relates to its ability to expand and recover during wear and tear. A ranking of 1 is not stretchable, a rating of 5 is highly stretchable.
Wash Washability:
A material's rated life cycle when laundered in accordance with its specified care instructions. The GroupeSTAHL Product Testing Lab concludes wash testing at 50 cycles, these are the most durable materials.
Color Fastness Color Fastness:
The material's ability to maintain its printed color when laundered. Materials that are rated the highest, 5 in color fastness will not exhibit fading or color loss through repeated laundering cycles.
Weed Weedability:
A subjective rating which rates the ease at which a graphic from a material can be prepared for application. 1 = difficult to weed, 5 = very easy to weed.
Fine Detail Fine Detail:
Rating which relates the materials ability to handle finer details for cutting. 1 does not handle details well, 5 handles fine detail.
Time/ Temp
Crystal Clear Glossy or Matte 3.62 5 50 5 3.5 3 15 sec/ 320°F
Express Print® Semi-Matte 3.46 3 50 4-5 5 4 15-20 sec/ 300°F
FlockPrint™ Velvet 16.93 1 N/A N/A 5 4 15 sec/ 350°F
FoilTEK™ Metallic Glossy 1.45 4 50 4-5 4 4 5 sec; 5 sec/ 300°F
INSTA Print Semi-Matte 3.15 4 50 5 5 4 15 sec/ 300°F
Solutions® Clear Matte 1.26 5 50 5 3.5 3 5 sec; 5 sec/ 305°F
Solutions® Opaque Semi-Matte 2.17 5 50 5 3.5 3 5 sec; 5 sec/ 305°F
SuperTEK™ Clear Gloss Glossy 1.96 5 50 4-5 4 4 5 sec; 5 sec/ 300°F
SuperTEK™ Clear Matte Matte 1.45 5 50 4-5 4 4 5 sec; 5 sec/ 300°F
SuperTEK™ Opaque Semi-Matte 3.93 4 50 4-5 4 4 5 sec; 5 sec/ 300°F
SuperTEK™ Sublistop™ Semi-Matte 4.72 4 50 4-5 4 4 5 sec; 5 sec/ 300°F
Value Print® Semi-Matte 7.01 1 50 4 5 4 15 sec/ 310°F

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