I don’t do FB much at all, but today while looking for some DIY rotary plans I ran across a post on a laser group that they used their laser to cut/engrave a design onto heat transfer vinyl. I use a brother scan and cut to cut out design to heat press on shirt, but it doesn’t like to cut out little designs good. Anyway a lady in that group said she uses Siser Easyweed HTV on her laser, it doesn’t contain any PVC. This is a game changer for me, I can do numerous of the same design at one. I can’t wait to get home today and try it. I’ll report back…
Yep it’s polyurethane based so definitely laser safe. Interesting.
I’ve got to figure out the settings to engrave on it, then should be golden. Also, would think I could cut the areas out that I don’t need and there wouldn’t be any weeding. Save ton of time.
1st run…I cut it at 100 speed and 13% pwr on my 60 watt. Everything came out fine, exact the words. Still have some playing to do.
Does this mean that heat transfer vinyl is not vinyl?
Siser Easy Weed is non PVC. Other brands can be PVC. This is just one that we know for sure is vinyl free.
Stahls makes some as well that is PVC-Free as well.
Josh, how hard was it to get the power right to cut the HTV yet avoid cutting through backing paper?
@Doug I ran that at 100 speed 13% pwr on my “60 watt” it still cut through the backing, which is fine. That’s what I was trying to do so that there wouldn’t be any weeding. I’m back in the garage to play some more, I’m going to engrave a design and see what it looks like.
This took 15 minutes to run, so it’s not very much of a time saver. Yes I could have cut it out on the plotter. I ran it scanned it at450mms 25% and cut it 100mms 18% pwr. It didn’t completely clean it, but had I just cut the design out it would have been fine. I’m going to look for a more intricate design and see how it goes.
I couldn’t be happier with the Stahl’s products. PVC-free and work great. Layerable and once it is heat pressed into the fabric, it’s durable, soft, and launders beautifully.
I know this is an old post, but wanted to clarify something for anyone curious. It’s the “C” in PVC that’s bad. A lot of things just labeled as “vinyl” are PVC. But like, as far as I know, EVA is safe to laser cut… and that’s Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate. It’s the chlorine gas that’s bad for humans (toxic) and machinery (causes corrosion).