Fabric Digital printing services
Yes, 1 yd. (and we mean 1yd per type of fabric) for non-permanent printing. This type of process is for prototyping only; when you need to make up a product from fabric for a pre-line sale, photo-shoot or show room sample. This printed fabric cannot be washed. It is a relatively quick process so you can get to your buyers more often!
3yds (and we mean 3yds per type of fabric) for permanent printing. We are actually using textile specific inks and dyes that bind to specially treated fabrics for permanency in this process. The process of digital printing on fabric has a few phases so that the goods can then be washed or dry-cleaned as permanent product. This fabric can be used for selling on the retail level as well as for sales sampling. It is a more time consuming process than for non-permanent printing. This printing process is part science, part technology and part creativity all mixed together.
How long will it take? (Or) What is the turn around time?
It depends on the project scope. The more information you can give us the more accurate our turn around time is for you.
On average, the turn around time for non-permanent printing is 4-6 business days from the time that a project manager receives an accurate digital printing file. Accurate scheduling occurs after project scope is reviewed.
On average, the turn around time for permanent printing is 7-15 business days from the time that a project manager receives an accurate digital printing file. Accurate scheduling occurs after the project scope is reviewed by the project manager with the current production schedule that time.
How do I submit my designs?
Digital designs can be submitted on a CDROM or uploaded to our FTP site after working with a design coordinator. Together, you will review the basic project scope, parameters for submission and pricing. Most of the time a clients' request is bigger than just opening and printing a file, so we like to give you your very own design coordinator who will help you organize the project details we need. Remember, we can do as little or as much as needed, but we will charge you for our services and extensive knowledge in all aspects of print development. Our aim is to educate you so that the process is streamlined for both of us from the start.
Digital designs should be saved in PC- Tiff- Rgb format at 150-300 dpi. Flat color/indexed designs should be in indexed mode and tonal/photographic images as sRGB mode. If you don't know the difference, please save the file in the application you created it in as well so we can back track your work. You will need to speak with our design coordinators for complicated projects.
Do my designs need to be saved in a repeat?
This all depends. If you are using our custom printed fabric for samples or proto-types of product that are to be eventually rotary screen-printed, your textile images should be in repeat. Some of our clients print with us as their end result and design and print engineered panel pieces to make up product. If you are printing panel pieces, remember to enough seam allowance for fabric mobility and shrinkage calculation.
What fabric options do you carry?
A wide variety of nylons, cottons, polyesters and silks that have been specially pre-treated and tested to give us the best possible color gamut and reprint ability. Please see our fabric list.
What if you don't have the kind of fabric I want?
You can work with our Director of Operations on a Custom Client Treatment Program. This is not for the light hearted. To start, it requires a commitment from you to source 15-25 yds. of the fabric (pfp-white) that you want to custom test. You will be charged for R&D testing services, regardless of the outcome of the tests, at a rate of $ 1, 000 for the initial treatment and testing services of the 25 yds. We will provide you with our report card and suggest if this is a good match for your specific project along with the feasibility in processing.
Later, if all works well, a minimum of 100yds for treatment is required for First2print to coordinate with our treatment suppliers. Some blended fabrics are just not feasible in the digital printing world because certain inks bind with certain fibers and some do not. For instance, a 50/50 poly/cotton will not digitally print with a good color outcome, regardless of what dyes are used digitally. We would steer you away from even testing this.
This R&D has already been done for all our inventoried “ready to go” fabrics, creating high standards for custom outcome. But if mass customization is what you need from your own goods, this is a great way for you to plan your product development ahead of time and a good way to control your custom printed products with your own textile grey goods. We need at least a 5-6 week lead-time for all this coordination.
Many major brands and retailers have been successful working with us using this program.
Do you offer eco-friendly fabric options?
Yes, we offer a variety of recycled polyesters and organic cottons.
Did you know? Digital fabric printing just by the nature of its on demand printing process, is a much more environmentally friendly print option then screen printing because there is minimal to NO waste. In addition, the acid and reactive dyes we print with at First2print meet OEKO-TEX standards. YIPPEEE!