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We have All kinds of processes
TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PERFECT FINISH WE NEED YOU TO PROVIDE YOUR ARTWORK IN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE STANDARD. WE CAN ONLY BE AS PERFECT AS YOUR ARTWORK FILES.
if you don't have the machines. Look no further we can provide the service!
Looking for high volume or just the free range to supply your own stock, not to worry with our contract print services we have this all under control for you.
Woven Inc Ltd has been textile printing since 2012, it doesn’t seem like long but collectively and we all previously have had multiple amounts of experience to make sure you are in the best hands possible. Our contract garment printing services vary although we will give you estimated turn around times based on the designs and quantities. With this said we have dealt with some unbelievable contracts but as you can imagine we hold our contract screen print services under wraps. We hold full non disclosure to protect our clients so their end users are not aware they didn’t complete the application. Of course with the approval of our clients we can disclose some of our work.
To keep things super hush hush we can even batch up your orders under plain cover.
WHAT IS CONTRACT PRINTING?
Well with Woven Inc we understand the strain of costing when you are the middle man or licensing company. Therefore we provide contract printing services to our trade customers and end users, so that you can have the control of product and you only have the overheads of the application cost. Pricing will vary upon quantities, design locations and colours within the design. We have a simple pricing matrix to send over so you know what your costing would be. Within this service we can also provide additional finishing services should you need these as an optional extra.
WHAT ARE YOUR printing MINIMUMS?
With screen printing as a standard we request a minimum of 20 units per designs, although there is a minimum spend limit, so just send us an enquiry and we can get everything over to you.
WHAT INKS CAN YOU USE with contract screen printing?
Our contract printer is always looking for the newest techniques and the best finishes.
Plastisol, Water Base, Discharge, Puff Additive also known as 3D Printing or Expanding Ink, Reflective/3M, Glitter & Metallic, Glow in the Dark or UV, Neon Inks, Fluoresces Inks, Foil Pressed Applications and Clear Inks. Seems like a lot to take in but we have a full break down of processes explained on our printing page. You can even explain or send us examples of what you like and we can match up as best as possible.
WHAT IF I’VE ALREADY HAD MY GARMENTS FINISHED?
You’ve got to bear in mind that any garments you do send over to be printed they have to go through our drier at approx 330 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefor they must be able to deal with this heat as a product but more so if you are supplying goods with woven neck labels or swing tags. They can become distorted, burnt or melt, we do have a hold finishing services in house so we can fix this but it would be an additional charge.
What do you think: is contract screen print for you?
We have this all in hand with our contract printer, they oversee our two automatic presses and two manual carousels our team have the capability to complete your orders efficiently with precision. Our contract printing team get the machinery spinning for fun, whether you have small runs or high volume through puts you have the free range to print with Woven Inc for a smaller unit cost. For example on average based on white t-shirt with one of our automatic presses we can complete an estimate of 450-500 t-shirt per hour and on dark garments due to the first down base we can average an estimate of 350-400 units per hour. With the option of multiple machines we can complete large volume orders pretty quickly.
Contract screen printing is a great cost effective service for a lot of our trade and B2B customers, with our pricing matrix your can calculate the costing without even getting in touch therefore you can be quicker off the mark to price your client. Our contract screen printers are of course always on hand to consult you on the correct amount colours to achieve your design along with the perfect and most cost effective printing process for the garments you would be providing. So as you can see Woven Inc contract printing service could be the best option for you and your company.
So if you are looking for contract t-shirt printing or contract hoodie printing we can help. Just drop us an email with your requirements and our team can send you costing and service information back.
Take a look at some of our other questions below.
What are Screen Charges?
Every print shop charges for screens, but they are a one off cost. Because you pay for a screen charge it does not mean you own the actual screens, we do not release these. Screen charges are charged at a flat rate of £25 per colour, per size and design. This charge covers the set up and separation of your design from our artwork team to make sure that it is exactly the right size and position for print. It also covers the film, screen prep and machine set up.
Do you charge for colour Changes?
Yes we do, with small orders we need to charge these fees as we have to remove the screens from the machine, wash and clean them down. Followed by drying and setting the machine up again as you can imagine this can take quite a while. We only charge a £15 fee with a minimum of 15 units per change so it’s not that bad right?
Do you have minimum orders for contract screenprinting?
Printing all depends on the colours in your design, minimum orders are 20 pieces per design but we do have a colour break chart see below. You can mix your minimum orders between different garments and you can have a mixture of sizes.
20+ Units = Maximum of 4 Screens
50+ Units = Maximum of 8 Screens
150+ Units = 8 Screens Plus
How long do you take?
Generally anywhere up to 14 working day is a normal turn around from approving your artwork, obviously if they are ready any sooner we will ship them immediately. Although when ordering in busy season please leave up to 18 workings days to receive your order. Turn around times are not set deadlines they are estimated times for completion therefore your stock could be with you much sooner or slightly after this estimated date.
Can I see my design before placing an order?
We do not visualise orders before confirming and paying for the order. As you can appreciate it takes a lot of time and attention to visuals all artwork before it goes to a printing stage. Once you have confirmed and made payment on your order all artwork is passed over to our design team and they will visualise your order back to you for approval before anything goes to print.
***We need an approval directly to our design team before any production starts.
What size prints can I have?
Based on T-shirts see the maximum sizes and locations below, sizing will vary depending on the product and product size you choose, screens and prints are one size fits all. Check out our comparisons page for other varations, we do have oversized screens but they are price and sizing on application.
E.G if you have an Extra small Garment and a Triple Extra Large Garment the print can only go as large as a the Extra Small. Therefore it will look large on the Extra Small but on a Triple Extra Large it will look small in comparison to the garment size.
The Pantone matcher, plastisol inks are the go to ink, our industry standard, Plastisol is a traditional screen print ink that revolutionised the industry in the early 60s. Give a great coverage, leaving a satin- glossy like finish. You can use plastisol inks on the majority of garments for a full coverage, thicker and durable print.
This is an oil based ink that was purposely created for printing. It’s great if you want bright, solid colours that will barely ever fade. Plastisol also wins every time for tonal designs and can retain very fine detail. The main drawback is that it’s not as breathable and heavier to wear than its water based or discharge counterparts.
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Discharge printing is a new great way of printing, it’s soft, and its sits in the garment rather than on top. We add a bleach based additive to the ink, this is were it gets tricky not every garment discharges well AND not all coloured garment discharges well (they will discharge but just not to the same effect). Coloured garments are not all dye the same way or with the same intensity/amount of the dye used to make the shirts bright and vibrant. The heat activates the bleach taking the printed areas back to their natural, un-dyed colour. We’d recommend only discharging onto 100% cotton.
We would say the following garment colours are a not the best to use discharge inks on (which includes our Premium Standard Ink): Kelly Green, Red, Royal Blue, Lapis, Cobalt, Purple, Forest, Teal, and Turquoise. If you are going to print on these shirt colours, please note that lighter colours like white and yellow will be influenced by the shirt colour remaining underneath.
The Eco Friendly Option: Often the best choice on light garments the ink really penetrates most garments. Waterbased ink, like discharge will leave a very soft, durable finish. You can barely feel the print with it leaving a textureless finish as it’s super soft. Waterbased inks are mainly to achieve opaque whites as an under-base for vibrant colour prints on to dark garments.
Puff additive can be added to any colour to make it raise, it’s chemically designed to puff up when cured these inks become raised when they reach the correct temperature. Be careful with the designs you choose for this process if the artwork is too wide it will drop but if its too thin and intricate it will not have enough surface area to rise enough. Or why not just add another definition to your artwork to give it that extra impressive look.
Tip 101 stir the reflective ink before printing: Reflective inks are made up of a carrier base and small reflective glass beads. The base ink itself is so thin, the beads will settle at the bottom if not stirred before printing, therefore you will not get an even distribution. Reflective ink if not printed with a base white will look different over different colour garments, it normally looks the best on white or black garments. Without a light beam on the produce it will look like a dull light grey, although when a beam of light hits the design it will shine bright. Not best on small intricate designs.
HD Printing also known as high definition printing, is a process in where by you produce a 3D heavy deposit of ink. Therefore you print layer on top of layer to give it that definition. Almost like a rubber effect.
glow in the dark
The light charged ink is a great alternative to mix up a design. The luminescent inks in natural light looks a creamy white we’d always suggested using a white base to make sure the design is seen in natural light so it gives it a good base to sit against. Although you can use any base colour but bear in mind the glow overlay will change the look in natural and dark scenes. Glow in the dark inks can be produced in a variety of colours but the human eye is most sensitive to green light so this will appear brightest.
Metallic inks are similar to our glitter but they are on a smaller scale, the elements within the ink are crushed a lot finer so that its easier to use. These inks are made up of a mixture of pigment and a liquid resin. Easier to use for more detailed designs. Can be mainly used in Silver and Gold.
If you want to give other colours a little punch we can mix with our standard inks to give it that boost.
Looking for that full on glitter effect, we have it covered, we use our special screens with large open mesh counts. We wouldn’t recommend printing this method on anything detailed. Glitter Ink is the heavier brother to our metallic ink as it has larger flakes to give that full glitter effect.
Neon / Fluorescent
Looking for that electric finish, with a handful of colours available such as: Yellow, Pink, Orange Green & Blue are the top favourites. Works well in a UV charged environment.
One of our trickiest processes, with minimums of 50 units per design, our foil printing is only available in a select number of colours. Drop our team a message to check which colours we have in stock. Best way to reproduce this application, is to print a layer of glue, dry the product then press the chosen foil colour on top.
Best used on bold designs without small detail.
Exactly that clear, glossy, great for getting that tonal effect. Works great on light greys and coloured garments.