16 Steps to get the print job done!
One of the biggest and most often asked questions we get in the screen printing industry is why does it cost so much for one shirt, or two shirts or even 10 shirts. Typically the ones we get this question from are those that want to get a handful of shirts for fun or for a small startup business and they aren’t wanting to spend the money it takes to get their custom screen printed apparel. Also they want a very elaborate design with tons of colors. Below is a chart that shows each stage that goes into the screen print job that every client’s job flows through from start to finish.
Each color used in a design has to be aligned to each consecutive color so you get a great looking end result for what you paid for. This can be a tedious process and unless the job is only one color it can take a good 20 minutes or more to get them aligned properly and test printed and inspected to start the production run.
Here is where the production starts to gain speed. Once the previous step has been accomplished each piece is put onto a platen, the screen lowered and the ink squeegeed onto each individual piece. Then the piece is removed and depending on what type of ink and substrate being printed either has to run through a curing oven or allowed to air dry so the printed image will be as durable as it needs to be.
After the last piece is printed and boxed the job needs to be broken down and taken off the press so the next job can be aligned and printed for the next client in line. This requires each screen to be cleaned of all ink, tape, each squeegee to be cleaned of ink and each screen taken off the press.
As you can see from the steps above, each custom screen print job is a very in-depth process and that equates to time and resources that all have to be accounted for; which all contribute to the overhead of the business. You add more colors then that takes more time during steps 5 thru 12 and steps 14 and 15. When you are ready to place your next order, contact us so we can get started on your next awesome design!
Wow this actually explains things well. I have always thought screen printing was something simple and always questioned every company’s prices, but now I realize it isn’t so simple and will actually have a higher respect for screen printing companies pricing from here on out. Also I would like to thank you for the beautiful shirts you printed for us last time.