Two additional printing techniques are now available on SPOD, here’s everything you’ll need to know about Flex and Flock.
What are the benefits of Flex and Flock?
Flex and Flock fit into the larger category of Plot Printing. Ultimately, these new printing methods will give you more opportunity when creating products.
Flex has a smooth finish and is available in a variety of colors, making it ideal for statement prints and products. Whereas Flock has a velvety finish and almost looks as polished as embroidery, this is best for hats and caps. All plot printing techniques allow for printing on sleeves, giving you and your customers new creative possibilities.
Lastly, we’re currently the only print-on-demand supplier that offers these durable and high-quality Plot print methods. So, you know your customers won’t be able to get ‘em anywhere else. (Bonus: We’re adding new products to the assortment that are perfect for Flex and Flock).
How does Flex and Flock printing work?
The design is mechanically cut out of the plot foil with a plotting knife. Every color in the design is cut out of its own foil, placed on the product by hand and melted onto the product using a printing press.
Because this process is more elaborate than digital printing, we’ve added an additional charge of $2.50 / 2,50 € when you switch a product to Plot. This is a one-time charge per product, and not per design or print area.
Additionally, because of the nature of these print methods, you won’t be able to mix print types in the same print area. For example, you cannot print with both DD and Flex on the front of a T-shirt, but you can, for example, print with DD on the back and Flex on the front.
Design requirements and what to do next
If you choose to try out these new print methods, you’ll have to keep a few things in mind…
- Accepted file formats include SVG, AI, and CDR
- Note: AI2020 file formats are not accepted
- Max. design size of 15” x 15”
- Note: 11” x 11” is the recommended design size
- Lines and other design components need a diameter of 0.06” minimum
- Max. 3 colors per design
- Each color in a design should be a separate layer
- All objects and text must be converted into paths
- All curves must be completely closed and can’t overlap
If you still have questions about print methods and file requirements, you can learn more here.
Once you’ve created some designs, you can order sample products and experience Flex and Flock for yourself. In the meantime, if you have any questions let us know!