What Do You Need to Get Started with Crio White Toner Printers?
Space & Environment Requirements
Selecting the correct space and environment is an important step for being successful with Crio white toner printers.
Temperature & Humidity
The ideal temperature should be between 62 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit with 40-80% relative humidity. If humidity isn’t within this range, you may start noticing issues like spots on the design of your transfer sheets. Note: If you find humidity an issue, a simple inexpensive solution is to add a humidifier to the workspace.
Spacing and Placement
For the best environment, you’ll need 24” behind the printer and 39” in front with about 8” on both sides for proper ventilation. However, ultimately all you really need is a few extra inches once the trays are pulled out to allow enough space for the paper to freely go into and out of the printer. Additionally, it’s always best to plug your Crio white toner printer into a single wall outlet alone. It needs as much power as possible to run properly.
White Toner Printer
First and foremost, you need to own a Crio white toner printer. If you’re considering purchasing a Crio white toner printer, check out our printer options for more information.
The second required item is a high-quality heat press. This is vital to your success with the white toner process. You’ll need a press that supplies even, consistent pressure and heat. A clamshell heat press is the best option for white toner transfer.
Crio white toner printers are shipped with CADlink’s Digital Factory RIP software. However, they are compatible with a wide range of RIP Software, so if there’s software that you’re already familiar with, feel free to use that instead.
For more information about why RIP Software is important check out our blog: Why Do I Need RIP Software?
Silicone sheets are used to protect your substrate and your heat press from toner and adhesive transfer. These are crucial to your success. If you don’t protect your substrate or your platen, you will not be able to have a successful transfer.
Laser Heat Transfer Paper
The Crio 8432WDT can handle paper weights up to 256 gsm and the 9541WDT can handle up to 360gsm. With their straight paper paths, they can handle a variety of media from a wide range of brands. You are not limited by having to use specific brands with Crio printers.
Most Crio users start with t-shirts and clothing. However, your options are virtually endless and profit margins vary. To get an idea of the types of things you can make check out our Crio Potential Profit Guide. What you can transfer to depends on the types of heat presses you have and the paper types you use.
Optional Supplies and Accessories
Crio’s T.Seal is a silicone seal (or finishing) sheet that is used during the last press of your garment. T.Seal is a paper carrier with a thin silicone rubber film on one side. This film seals the image and presses the toner further into the weave of the garment to reduce cracking and increase durability and washability.
Other Heat Presses
There are many opportunities for new product offerings but you will need different heat presses. One of the most common additional presses people own is a mug press which can be used for mugs, cups, pint glasses, and other drinkware. Another great option is a cap press so you can produce hats.
Heat Resistant Gloves
Many papers require a hot or warm peel, to save your fingertips we recommended having some heat-resistant gloves on standby. These will make the process of peeling and handling hot goods much easier while saving you from burns.
Heat Resistant Tape
At times, depending on your transfer substrate, it’s a good idea to use heat-resistant tape to secure your transfer. This is especially true for hard surfaces and curved items such as mugs, glasses, and tumblers.
Silicone Application Pad
Silicone pads are a great tool to have around to make sure you get consistent pressure when substrates are not 100% flat. They help ensure even application and a successful transfer to a variety of surfaces.
Since the quality of your heat press is so important, it’s a good idea to have a digital thermometer on hand to check the temperature of your platen to ensure you’re getting even heat as needed.