At Custprint, we believe in providing transparency to our customers with how we print and customize anything you may order with us. In order to build a successful relationship with you, here is a glimpse of how we manufacture and prepare your order.
Screen printing is a printing technique in which a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a surface, except in areas made opaque to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the surface for a moment along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the surface on specific sections of the surface hence creating the print.
Transfer Printing is a version of screen printing which uses heat and high temperature inks on garment to create a hard print which provides excellent contrast and colors on fabrics and provides excellent washing durability and strength. However traditional transfer print leaves a rubber print across the surface and provides a rubbery finish to the garment.
Digital printing is a method of printing from a digital-based image directly onto the printing surface. Using Large format digital or inkjet printers, garments are directly printed on providing excellent durability and finish though a procedure that is quick and reliable. Digital printing usually pertains a higher cost than traditional screen printing or offset printing however is excellent for printing and customizing intricately without any quantity based barriers.
Offset printing is a commonly used technique in which the image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. The modern process feeds a large reel of paper through a large press machine in several parts, typically for several metres, which then prints continuously as the paper is fed through. It can be referred to as a machine based printer which prints color by color onto a surface that is transferrable. Traditional Offset printing provides quick and reliable finish into garments which provide excellent wash ability however is only suitable for large quantities.
The vinyl cutter uses a small knife to precisely cut the outline of a picture into a sheet or piece of vinyl. The knife moves side to side and turns, while the vinyl is moved beneath the knife. The results from the cut process is an image cut into the material. The material is then 'weeded' where the excess parts of the picture are removed. It is possible to remove the positive parts, which would give a negative sticker, or you could weed the negative parts, giving a positive sticker. This printing method then is used to transfer images onto the garment using heat or other printing methods. Cut and Print Technology provides excellent single piece application however in most cases is limited to a selective number of colors.