Digital & Vinyl Printing
Digital Printing allows you to have any colour within an image, match Pantone's and enable a low quantity order. This differs from vinyl, which has a limited colour variety, but the cost will increase for each colour used. Vinyl is more cost effective for single colour large prints e.g. shirt numbers on the back of sports tops.
Technology in digital print continually improves and develops. Likewise, Badge Design are constantly keeping up with new advances. Our latest piece of state-of-the-art equipment is really quite revolutionary as we now can quickly print a complex multi-coloured artwork and then heat press it directly to the garment or accessory, without having to "weed" the design.
This method is far better than "direct-to-garment" (DTG) printing because there is no need to pre-treat the garment and we can apply prints to any fabric, whereas DTG garments must be cotton based and need pre-treatment. Also, you are limited to using products that can fit into the direct to garment machine, so items such as bags would be a problem.
As long as an area can fit onto the heat press we can apply a print. For small volumes, this really is a very cost effective solution, unfortunately, you can't get the economies of scale with this method like you can with screen printing
All designs need to be "digitized", i.e. set up/created/originated. This turns your design into a file that our embroidery machines can read. Much of the success of an embroidery is based on how well the digitisation is done. We do our own digitising using the leading software, the provider of which is Wilcom.
Embroidery creates an impression of quality & style. Perfect for polos, jackets, caps, knitwear etc. Embroidery will last the life of the garment onto which it is applied. Recent advances in embroidery software mean that set up costs can be low and the new generation of embroidery machines run quickly with any number of colours being applied in a single operation. However, large designs can be time consuming to produce & so costs can increase significantly relative to the size.
Send us in an image of your logo and we will embroider it straight onto your garments and have them to you within a deadline if needed urgently, we have so much to offer with this service such as specialist metallic threads, unpick and re-sew, Anti-Puckering (for thin material) and much more!
Direct embroidery can look great on anything, workwear is the most common, giving your company a fresh and professional image. It can also be very effective on Sport team kits, School team kits and School uniforms, or even just to give something a personal touch.
Screen printing, or silk screen printing as it is sometimes called, is historically the most popular way of decorating T-shirts and other products. It produces strong colours even on dark garments.
Screen prints are extremely durable, far more so than vinyl, and are likely to be the cheapest solution for large volume printing, especially of one colour. The main advantage of screen printing is the unique visual result it creates. The inks used are very durable, the colours are extremely vivid, particularly for outdoor uses, making this a unique reproduction technique.
The fact that we can print on a very large variety of materials and objects, and that we can choose from a plethora of special inks , are all factors that have helped to establish Screen Printing as the optimal method for creating products with particular features. This is a very flexible printing technology, with no limitations on the thickness and nature of the material on which the printing will be carried out, and without a doubt, for a specific volume of production, it continues to be the most effective and economical printing methodology around.
Due to the screen charges (per colour) and set up times small runs can prove costly. The more complex and colourful the design the more costly it is. For runs of 50 prints or less and for more than one colour screen printing can work out quite expensive. Each print position (chest, back, sleeve etc) will be charged separately. However, because we use a new technology for screen print jobs of one or two colours, we do not charge a screen set up fee.
Screen printing isn't exactly eco-friendly. It requires chemicals and emulsifiers in the screen mesh creation, plenty of water to clean the screens, chemical inks and then needs to be heat cured to fix the design and stop it running. There are water based inks which are more eco-friendly than the regular plastisol inks. However, they are very difficult to work with and are hard to cure, which means the print could run or not last very long. To get round this you need to add a solvent which defeats the whole purpose, so eco-friendly inks are really not viable.
This year we are moving over to a radically new method of creating screens. This is done electronically, via new state of the art technology. We simply upload your design into the machine and it creates the mesh in just a few minutes, irrespective of how complex it is. There is no need for chemicals or emulsifiers in this process and because of the cheapness and quickness of the process we can dispense with the mesh after use so we don't need to use lots of water to clean the screens with.