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Old July 19th, 2017 Jul 19, 2017 1:53:31 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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I have just ordered an iPhone case sublimation kit including some of the standard plastic backs. I noticed that many of the types of blank cases sold for sublimation say they are made of TPU material.

I was looking for other types of cases I could use for sublimation and came across these on eBay. For iPhone 7/7 Plus Shockproof Classic EVO Check Impact Mesh Sport TPU Case New | eBay

It says they are TPU, but they are not your typical plastic material and have a more rubbery feel (It is a generic version of a Tech21 case). Would it be possible to sublimate this? Or what issues would I face if I tried it? I don't want to mess up the 3D vacuum heat press sublimation machine or whatever you want to call it that I just paid $600 for lol.
 
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You can sublimate TPU blanks, as well as plastic/PC ones.
 
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Yes, but this isn't necessarily a blank designed for that. This is just a generic, off-brand Chinese copy of a Tech-21 case. Would this work?
 
 
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Oh, well I couldn't tell whether TPU sublimation blanks are made differently than other TPU cases, I think you are better off buying blanks from a sublimation supplier.
 
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Ya I've ordered a few samples from different suppliers, but can't find any that I really like. They are either cheap flimsy plastic ones that aren't protective at all or just the ones that have the metal insert that adheres to the back. Just trying to find a sturdy protective one that would also be able to be printed directly onto without the metal insert.
 






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