FAQS

Can I operate an HD Press with just a vacuum pump?

Yes. All HD Presses will work with any 3-CFM or higher pump.

Is the Automated Vacuum Control System Required?

No. The Automated Vacuum Control System is an optional add on that will improve your production and speed up the process allowing you to run at maximum efficiency. We highly recommend it. It can be added to your setup at any time.  It comes with all the required plumbing to hook it up out of the box.

How do I plumb the HD Press?

The HD 2424 and 3624 come with additional tubing and NPT Elbows to convert your vacuum pump to easy connect. Remove the inlet fitting on your vacuum pump. Install easy connect 1/2” or 3/8” NPT elbow included with press depending on pump.Insert easy connect tubing to converted vacuum pump fitting (press hose firmly into fittings until well seated). Attach other end of tubing to fitting on back of press next to hinge. 

If you have an HD 100, 200 or 300 press series, we recommend an easy connect kit to make plumbing your press with a pump and other accessories pain free.

What vacuum pump do you recommend?

All HD Presses will work with any 3-CFM or higher pump. We recommend the following pumps. Based on what you are pressing you will have to decide which will work best for you. The automated vacuum controller also works with any 110 Volt vacuum pump. 

Robinair 15800 VacuMaster 8-CFM Two-Stage Vacuum Pump

Robinair 15500 VacuMaster 5-CFM Two-Stage Vacuum Pump

Robinair 15310 VacuMaster 3 CFM Single Stage Pump

Be sure to check out the Automated Vacuum Control System for the perfect companion to your press - http://www.hdindustrialdesign.com/products/hd-automated-vacuum-control-system

Can I use a larger membrane than what comes with my HD Press?

HD press membranes are not interchangeable with different models. HD Presses are only designed to function correctly with the size membrane provided. Using a larger/looser membrane than intended will result in a bad vacuum seal, broken magnets and can potentially damage your press.

We recommend selecting a larger HD Press if you are running into issues with the size of your workspace or reaching the limits of the membrane. You may also need to revisit how you are forming to see if you can reduce the excess height of your molds.

Does the heat sink come with holes pre-drilled?

No. The heatsink is supplied blank without holes to allow for custom applications. You will need to drill holes in your heat sink before use. The number and location will depend on what you are planning to press. We recommend holes 1/16" or smaller. Heat sink holes can be placed randomly over the board. You can do a grid pattern with what ever spacing you want or just place them around your molding area or jig.

Does the heatsink need holes in it?

Yes the heatsink needs holes to properly evacuate air from the press. The number a location is up to you. We recommend holes 1/16" or smaller. Heat sink holes can be placed randomly over the board. You can do a grid pattern with what ever spacing you want or just place them around your molding area or jig.

How do I reset my foam?

Put in the oven at 180°F for 20 minutes - air cool. It should recover about 90%. You should also be able to go back and press over that again without resetting the foam. The foam should reform to whatever you are pressing each time with leaving impressions from the previous press. 
This is just our recommendation. You will have to experiment with your setup to find the perfect fit. If our foam doesn’t suit your needs, you may want to try out some different types. HD Foam may not be perfect for everyone. 

What do I need to get started with the HD Press?

 
Extras that we recommend:
Curved Jig (optional)
Extra membranes (optional)
Extra heatsink (optional)
Extra magnets (optional)
Curved Jig foam (optional) 
12 x 12 foam (optional)

What you will need to order elsewhere (if you don't already have it):
Vacuum Pump - All HD Presses will work with any 3-CFM or higher pump. We recommend the following pumps. Based on what you are pressing you will have to decide which will work best for you.

Robinair 15800 VacuMaster 8-CFM Two-Stage Vacuum Pump

Robinair 15500 VacuMaster 5-CFM Two-Stage Vacuum Pump

Robinair 15310 VacuMaster 3 CFM Single Stage Pump

Can I use a curved jig with the HD 100 Press?

The HD 100 is not compatible with a curved jig. Many curved jigs are too tall for the HD Press. We have developed our own low-profile curved jig to address this challenge. It is designed for the HD 200 & HD 300 Vacuum Presses. If you still want to use your own curved jig, we recommend purchasing the HD 300 to accommodate the height of most curved jigs.

Check out the HD Curved Jig here!

What heat press do you recommend?

We recommend using the MPress 16 x 20 or the PowerPress 15 x 15

What heat press temperature setting do you use?

Heat Range: 300°F to 365°F depending on what you are pressing. Goal: Realistic limit for 0.80 Kydex is 360°F

How long do you leave material in the heat press? 

Heat Press Time: Around 90 seconds depending on temperature and Kydex thickness 

The length of time you hold it in the heat press will depend on your heat press, temperature and Kydex thickness. This is what we are doing with 0.80 Kydex on the MPress-1620 from HeatNation.

You can buy Kydex here - http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=41_54 or http://www.interstateplastics.com/landing-kydex.php - http://www.ifithermoplastics.com/

What paper are you using in the heat press?

Non-Stick Paper: 5 Mil Teflon PTFE Sheet 16 x 20”

What modifications did you make to your heat press?

Modifications we made to the MPress: Made the Platen sit flush on the rubber base. You may have to loosen the bolts to make it all line up.

This is just what we are doing. You will have to experiment with your setup to find the perfect fit.

How do I split a Blue Gun?

Blue Gun Splitting

Splitting Non-Weighted Blue Guns
Make sure you are using a non-weighted blue gun. Weighted blue guns contain metal and would be hazardous to split.

Step 1 - Remove Sights

Using a razor, belt sander, or a disc sander shave off the front and rear sights.
 

Step 2 - Remove Grip

Using a bandsaw cut the grip below the first finger area. We are using 1/8 inch 14 TPI Bandsaw Blades
 

Step 3 - Round Sharp Edges

Round sharp edges can tear the membrane during pressing. 
 

Step 4 - Mount to Board 

Using blue tape mount blue gun to sized board.

Step 5 - Split Blue Gun

Using a bandsaw split the blue gun down the middle. 

Step 6 - Rebuild Thickness

Using blue tape rebuild the thickness of each blue gun with tape equally on both sides.

Now you are ready to configure your heat sink and blue gun to your pressing needs.

How do I do a taco press with the HD Press?

Taco Pressing

With a little creativity you can do just about anything with this press including a traditional taco press. For this application we are demonstrating the taco press using foam. 

Already we have cut down the production time by nearly 20 minutes for one press using the HD Press design. We will show you how to do it next time without foam for a faster and more cost effectively.

Why wait to get your HD Press? You could be saving time and money right now. Forget long backlogs! You will be producing enough to meet demand and make your customers happy!