I’ve had a T-shirt press for a couple of years, and was very excited to see that LaserBits (Johnson Plastics) is carrying a t-shirt transfer material that will allegedly allow us to burn away the material we would normally weed away with a vector engrave, and then simply press it to the fabric. Genius!
But I can’t get it to work!
The idea is to completely ablate what you don’t want in the design (the inside of letters for example), but not punch through the substrate. I have been trying to dial it in for hours, and I’m out of ideas. I’d love to hear from you folks if these photos give you any more ideas I can try. I’ve got a $40 sample pack of this stuff and have yet to even come close to a clean engrave.
The photo is a vector engrave of the number 45. It was 45 because I started at 45 power. The photo is from one done at 32 power (I have a Pro) and always full zooms. 45 burned away all the substrate, and 30 didn’t make it through most of the material, 31 was better and 32 power still left too much residue but blew through the substrate in many places. I’ve tried lower resolutions (this was at 675 LPI) but they were considerably more spotty. I also tried doing two lower power passes at a few different power levels, but got about the same results. So the overarching problem is that when I apply enough power to cleanly ablate the material, I blow right through the backing completely. I can’t seem to get it dialed in.