Digital Flex/Flock

Digital Flex/Flock Info

Just as with ordinary flex/flock printing, it is possible to print item by item, with one major additional advantage: this technique enables full-colour printing. This means that colour gradients can be achieved in full.

Advantages:

  • Suitable for small print runs
  • Cheaper than DTG
  • Excellent for personalisation such as photos, images, etc. in full colour
  • Possible to print item by item
  • Item by item printing can be done fairly quickly
  • Unlimited choice of colours (digital print)
  • Possible to work with colour gradients
  • Involves one-off (digitalisation) costs
  • Possible on various sorts of bases (polyester, cotton, nylon, etc.)
  • Also suitable for areas that are difficult to reach

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than (transfer) serigraphy
  • Not recommended for large print runs
  • Slow with large print runs
  • Small details not possible
  • If not washed properly, the print may fade quickly or deteriorate (sensitive material)
  • For some images, a background may be present; this is usually printed in approximately the same colour as the textile itself
  • Pantone shades are converted to CMYK shades
  • Not possible to work with rasters
  • The quality of the file determines the quality of the print (pixels are possible)

Digital Flex/Flock

Also known as Print&Cut, this follows the same principle as flex & flock printing but with the possibility of printing several colours (full-colour print) on the required textile with one film.

The principle of Digital Flex/Flock printing can be compared to a paper printer combined with a cutting plotter. But instead of paper, a special polyurethane film is used, which can be printed on using special inks. So special ink is used with this procedure, specifically to be able to print on this polyurethane.

The drawing is sent to the digital plotter by computer. This first prints the image and cuts it out with the knife provided. The image then has to be dried, after which it is virtually ready to use.

Unlike ordinary flex/flock printing, a special application tape has to be used before this can be printed with a hot press.

In the past there were a lot of problems with this technique in terms of how long it lasted, but now a special silicone layer is added to protect the print.

Note: as for all printing methods, there are fixed overheads covering the digitalisation of the logo or the creation of the cutting file. These are independent of the price of the printing itself and will be recouped in line with the number of items printed. These fixed overheads will not be rebilled for future orders if the logo does not change.