And nobody does Digital Textile Printing better than ArtLab!
ARTLAB ARE SOUTH AFRICA’S LEADING DIGITAL TEXTILE PRINTERS
How can we make this bold claim? Simple – we were the first printing company in AFRICA to offer a full range of digital textile printing services!
We have hard won experience and the finest print technologies available.
OUR DIGITAL PRINTING SYSTEMS INCLUDE:
Reactive Dye printing (Fashion and Apparel)
We print onto: Cotton – Linen – Hemp – Silks – Wool – Synthetics including Lycra and Nylon and most other fabrics – All at the highest detail with stable colour and the widest colour range possible.
We offer a fast and efficient service with affordable pricing. Even the shortest runs are now possible and we can print up to 17 million colours at no extra cost! Full photographic quality is possible giving you true creative freedom.
Digital means FAST.
Digital means AFFORDABLE.
Digital means CREATIVE FREEDOM!
Did you know?
ArtLab has empowered hundreds of small enterprises by bringing short run cost effective printing to the masses.
For the first time small CMT business are able to afford their own custom printed fabrics. There is no need to hold expensive stock with digital printing – clients print only what they need on demand. Small business are blossoming, creating scatter cushions, fabrics, homeware, decor products and much more. It is all possible now!
HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?
We have just ordered SA’s first fully industrial textile printer (for natural fabrics) which should be operative within the next few weeks.
This will up our print capability to over 10 000m per day!
And that means we can dramatically lower prices on all medium/long runs. At last digital becomes a reality for all commercial purposes!
THIS IS A GAME CHANGER!
For the first time we can now start to compete with rotary printers on medium runs! Which is very good news for South Africa. In short it means we are now geared to bring an enormous amount of work back from China. Some call it “Reshoring”. We call it “Supporting local industry!”
Frequently Asked Questions
How many colours can be printed?
With digital textile printing there is no limit to the amount of colours you can use at no extra cost. The inks allow for a palette of over 17 million colours! (Black and White printing costs the same as full colour)
What is the minimum I can print?
The minimum we can supply is one meter. Please note there is a setup charge of R250 on orders less than 5m
What natural fabrics can I print on?
ArtLab was the first company in AFRICA to bring you reactive dye, pigment printing and sublimation printing under one roof – which means we can print almost ALL fabric types quickly and efficiently. These include cotton poplin, twill, bull denim, viscose/Rayon, linen, silks and hemp. We are now also printing with dye-sublimation inks so we can now print onto Polyesters, Lycra, Nylon, flag material as well.
What printing process does ArtLab use?
Our natural fabrics are printed using a pigment ink process. We have replaced our reactive dying process with pigments for a number of reasons. No steaming or washing is required which is faster, more cost effective and FAR more environmentally friendly. The fabrics are also a lot less “hammered” without going through the steaming and washing process. Very important for linens etc.
Our pigment inks are the very latest technology and are providing colour bloom, fastness and soft hand that now rivals that of reactive dye printing.
Can I print on my own fabric?
You can bring in your own fabric for printing. Our fabrics are prepared with a special binding coating to enhance colour and washability. Your own fabrics can also be coated for optimum quality but a minimum of 25m is required as it has to go through a large coating stenter. Please note we do not take responsibility for results on clients own supplied fabric as there are too many variables involved that can affect the print result. For e.g. the fabric may not be properly prepared for print – de-sized, scoured etc. We always recommend our own pre-teste fabrics for best results.
What is turnaround time?
Digital printing is a whole lot quicker than traditional processes. Generally we like to offer a 7 working day turnaround but this depends on current workloads. If you have pressing deadlines we may under certain conditions be able to expedite your order to a shorter turn-around. This is at our discretion and a 50% surcharge will apply
Can the printed fabrics be washed?
Yes – Our Sublimation Printing is particularly wash-fast like any other commercial fabric. Our Pigment Printing process – which is great for colour matching and printing on the widest range of fabrics – requires a more gentle wash and drying treatment for optimal colour retention. Please require at the time of printing on the best care instructions for your fabric and ink type.
Is black and white or one colour cheaper than full colour?
No – one of the benefits of digital printing is that you can have up to 17 million colours at no extra charge. It costs no more or less to do one colour or thousands.
What is the best way to submit artwork?
We can work with most file formats but ideally your art should be supplied as a RGB Tiff or Jpeg at a minimum 150 dpi at the print size. We don’t need more than 150 DPI in order to give you a great result by the way!
We can accept large files via the web. You can email file sup to 20MB via email. Please use Wetransfer for files over 20MB. (www.wetransfer.com/)
What about repeats?
If your design is a seamless repeatable panel you do not have to do the repeat yourself. We can do endless repeats at the print stage. Simply ensure that your repeatable graphic is to the correct size – we will do the rest!
N.B. It is the responsibility of the client to ensure all artwork supplied to be repeated is 100% accurately set-up to repeat seamlessly. Artlab will not be liable for repeats that do not tile accurately from art supplied by the customer.
How accurate is the colour reproduction?
At ArtLab all our printing processes are calibrated to the highest industry standards. However – textile printing is DIFFICULT (otherwise everyone would be doing it!) and there are a number of variables involved right down to air temperature and humidity that can affect colour from one batch to another. Various batches of fabric have different cellulose content and other chemicals and factors involved that means there are often batch to batch variations. While our colour matching is generally world class, it must be accepted that there could be variances from screen and from batch to batch.
We do not warrantor agree to undertake any absolute colour matching. Especially to client screen images (which are meaningless unless the screen has been properly calibrated to a set standard).
We are happy to supply a Pantone chart at a nominal charge on the fabric of your choice for best possible colour matching purposes.
Where are you based and what areas do you service?
ArtLab is based in Cape Town. We do however ship nationwide (and internationally). We need to know quantities, packing requirements and your location before we can price shipping.