Ink + screen (mesh stencil) = screenprinting! The process itself has very few limits on what surfaces can be printed on. Expert printers at OVS understand the relationships between the various inks, shirt materials, and shirt colors - with this knowledge, we’re able to help achieve the look you’re going for. One screen (mesh stencil) is used for each color to be printed - screens must be lined up (or registered), then the inks are pushed through the screens one color at a time onto the apparel. Finally, each piece is run through a large dryer to cure the inks.
The heat transfer method is used to custom design your apparel through a combination of heat and pressure. A machine is used to cut out designs and letters in pieces of colored vinyl. Then, a heat press is used to transfer each vinyl color of the design onto your garment. This is a very popular method used for many of our spiritwear items. This is also an effective technique for when you need just a handful of items, since the heat transfer process is the same for every print while screen printing requires a unique screen for each color on your garment.
When we receive your image, we transfer it to our computer outfitted with high-tech embroidery software. The software tells the stitching machine which stitches to use, where, and with what color thread. Machines can put in as many as 1,000 stitches per minute with incredibly accurate results. There’s a lot of work that goes into setting up the machine properly, and each garment is held in a hoop and with a temporary backing piece of material called a “pellon” to help the stitches hold better. Embroidery is a perfect way to add something extra like a name or logo to your garment.
OVS uses the “rotary” method for our products. A rotary engraver uses a spinning cutter in a motor-powered spindle to cut or “rout” into material to create engraved grooves and form characters or graphics. Rotary engravers can be used to engrave a wide variety of materials, including plastics, acrylic, glass, ceramic, wood, stone, and others. Using a diamond-tipped, non-rotating cutter, we can engrave on almost any type of bare metal. Using your design, we can personalize one item for a single gift or hundreds of trophies for your next event.