Flex & Flock printing are both forms of application by heat transfer, but can be applied on press for certain effects. Flex (also known as Vinyl) printing uses a soft garment vinyl, which is cut using a CAD cutter, placed on the garment and printed unto the shirt with the heatpress. This is the same procedure for flock except that the material used gives a 3D, velvet finish.
Heat transfers look sharp and bright because unlike screen printing, transfers sit on top of the garment. Thus, the base colour of the garment does not affect the design. Transfers work best with poly cotton and cotton garments as these fabrics allow us to set the heat press at a high temperature resulting in durable, long lasting quality.
When is it ideal to use Heat Transfer Printing?
- Individual names and numbers (Jerseys)
- Nylon Fabrics – Waterproofs, hi-vis jackets, umbrellas.
- One off samples for client meetings or press events.
- Multicoloured logos.
- 3M/’Glow in the dark’ designed prints.
- Flock effect – luxurious velvet-like pile transfer.
- Metallic Effect – high gloss metallic prints.
- Vibrant prints which last the life of the · Not as flexible as screen printing inks garment
- No fading or cracking of the prints
- Suitable for short, medium and longer runs of prints
- Not as flexible as screen printing and other ink printing methods
Print And Cut