Heat Printing at the 2017 NFL Combine
For the fifth year in a row, a team from Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center was on hand at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine to make sure all participants had the right custom performance wear and gear. Every year prior to the NFL Draft, hundreds of the very best college football players are invited to participate in this National Invitational Camp. It’s a physically grueling event, with top execs, coaching staff, and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams on hand to evaluate players’ skills and determine their placement in the upcoming NFL Draft. Although most of the gear for every combine player is customized before the event at Stahls’ Decorating Fulfillment Center, there is still a need for on-site customization. This is because the NFL estimates the size of each player based on height and weight stats. Since these stats change or may not calculate into the correct garment size, new items must be heat printed on the spot. So when a combine participant needed a different size, Stahls’ team of Kristi and Doug Gaydos heat printed custom Under Armour gear for the player on the spot. In addition, they also fulfilled special heat printing requests on items such as shoes and gloves for the players. They also heat printed a set of custom garments for Deion Sanders, which he wore during his interviews and broadcasting at the Combine. For each jersey and customization, the appropriate CAD-CUT heat transfer materials are cut and weeded, and then applied using a Hotronix heat press. This video shows you how you can use your heat press to print on shoes.