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    Posted by Hugh Potter on May 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi all,

    I don’t get involved with 3d Vacuum printing but a guy who has bought some of my sub prints has used them for such purposes..

    usually the first query I get when supplying people with sub prints is "why does it look so dull", which is a fair question as sublimation prints only become vibrant only after pressing… However, on this occasion the question posed to me is [abridged]

    "print on s4 phone case > 3d vacuum sublimation press machine > wasn’t very clear and sharp colours. we used temp. 190c and time 6mins as mention in the instruction book
    also try less timing as well 3 mins but with this printing was even more lighter and dull colours.

    i have attach the result in attachment. any advise or recommendation will help full."

    Now I know nothing about 3d sublimation, does it use the same papers? I need to know as I supply a quite few people with sub prints but this is the first time anyone has used them on a 3d vacuum press.

    thanks in advance,



    Hugh Potter replied 9 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Hugh Potter

    May 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    personally if a mug isn’t giving good results, I up the temp / time / pressure until it is, I would think the same principle applies to the vacuum press?

  • Fabrice Menard

    May 21, 2014 at 10:18 am


    there are some specific paper for 3D sub but I don’t think that it is the reason for the bad looking of the picture. I suspect the vacuum press not applying enough pressure on the paper and the temperature not high enough.

    Did he measure the temperature in his press (never trust the temp on the display)?

    Is the phone case "sub" compliant?

  • Hugh Potter

    May 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Thank you Fabrice,

    I will go back to him with your questions.


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