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DIY flash dryer

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Old October 30th, 2008 Oct 30, 2008 9:34:55 AM -  
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Default DIY flash dryer

I'm interested in getting a flash dryer to cure plastisol inks, but I'm also considering the option of builing one myself, if it's worth a try. I'm searching info and indications online, but have found nothing yet.
So if someone out there has build something similar or knows how to do it, pleas lemme know.
Any help will be appreciated.
 
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

I'm sure it isn't too difficult, I've built home-made curing ovens. But flash dryers aren't that expensive to begin with. Unless you go scrounge at the dump, I doubt you'd save much money over buying one.
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Everything is the heating element. An high wattage infrared heater is best, find one and build the stand and a heat shield around a good heater. Mark Vasilantone, Vastex Intl.
 
 
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

Guys, I just found out that Intek will sell you the complete head. this one: QuickSilver

You can build your own stand for cheap (and even order theirs later if it doesn't work out for you.)


I just requested info, here is the response. I haven't ordered it just yet:

"Thank you for your interest in our dryers. Our 16”x16” QuickSilver flash dryer is $320 ($303 + 17s&h) and the 1818 is $421 ($402 + $19s&h).

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

Thank you~

Philip A. Kelm
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(800) 387-8559 toll free
Industrial Ovens, Infrared Ovens, Industrial Process Ovens and Infrared Heaters at Intek Corporation
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

How 'bout boxing the head of a Turbo Broiler??? It has timer and temperature control. I suppose this will work, but need to think how will you gonna come up distributing the hot air evenly to the fabric.

Did anyone already got this working?
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

I was considering using the Presto Big Griddle. It is big enough and gets hot enough. It also has removable handles which the screw holes are perfect for mounting or hinging. The teflon top would distribute the heat evenly and the unit could easily be used as a heat press. The ink could be flashed at about 1" away and then cured by "pressing" if you wished. I would suggest getting a laser heat gun to make sure ink reaches 330 degrees.
 
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

Just in case someone is looking for a DIY Flash Dryer... I am working on one and you can find my progress in the DIY DTG forums...

https://www.t-shirtforums.com/diy-dtg/t147982.html

I'll make the plans available after I have a working model....


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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

I like to build my own stuff, but when it came to a flash dryer, I wanted the best. The printing on a shirt needs to be cured, fast, and clear through. When pulled apart the design won't crack.
The best flash dryer on the marked is sold by Bob Mongiello. A shirt needs to be 4" to 4.5" below the dryer. Drying time in under one minute.
I gave this dryer a very hard testing...I put house paint on a shirt, and put it under the dryer for one minute. It came out dry clear through. When pulled apart there were no cracks.
My flash dryer is a 14" x 14" infrared heater dryer. My cost was $200.
I don't want shirts being sent back because of cracks, or parts washing out because all parts were not dry.
Bob shows on you tube the difference between his dryer, and the others on the market.
What you can't save money on:
1) good screens
2) good ink
3) a good dryer.
 
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

God bless you all who live in the states because you can build Flash Dryer with pro heating element for example from Intek really cheap.
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

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I was considering using the Presto Big Griddle. It is big enough and gets hot enough. It also has removable handles which the screw holes are perfect for mounting or hinging. The teflon top would distribute the heat evenly and the unit could easily be used as a heat press. The ink could be flashed at about 1" away and then cured by "pressing" if you wished. I would suggest getting a laser heat gun to make sure ink reaches 330 degrees.
I posted some video of one of my builds using the presto a while back..I recall calling it the Fire Marshal Bill Special. It works well enough to flash and then pressing to cure if you're printing small batches. It gets a little old after the first 25 or so.
 
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

I recently bought a 18X18 flash dryer that works great on Ebay for 2 36 bucks.....I'm not sure but can you build one for that??
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Default Re: DIY flash dryer

Sorry $236.00
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