A phone case is one of the most popular promotional items for a marketing campaign. There are thousands of different designs, printings and materials. Such a simple promotional item at first sight, but it can involves some issues when production is going not as smooth as expected. For sampling and mass production of phone cases factories use different technologies, which could make the sample and end marketing gift look very different.
For example, for sample production, to make a pattern the factory uses laser cutting while during mass production they use mould cutting. Laser cutting does not require the installation of a special mould, so it takes less time, but in turn leaves a mark on the material after the process of burning. On the picture below you can see too phone cases, which were made with different technologies.
For sampling factories use technologies, which are easier to implement and which don’t require setting up special machines for it, sometimes manual work is more preferable. However, during mass production all processes are automated and it allows avoidance of such issues as dirty marks on the edges or dots in printing.
Photo printing technology vs. silk screen method
One of the printing technologies in phone case manufacturing is the silk screen method. It’s usually being used during sampling and it’s perfect for printing on the flat surfaces.
In silkscreen method the image is cut on the fabric, it’s like a kind of stencil. Then paint is rolled onto the screen, which is put on the printing surface. For more information on this method, please check our blog – Silk screen printing method.
In polygraphy and production of promotional products the silk screen printing method can be used almost in any case. It can be applicable on any material – plastic, wood, metal and other non-standard materials. The only problem with silk screen printing is full color printing (CMYK) because of the inks features.
Photo printing is another method of applying an image to the surface of the product. Manufacturing products by photo printing on leather, plastics or other materials simplifies the process and gives excellent results. No need to use special stencils or films, because the image is applied directly on the material. It gives you clear bright image and saves time in mass production.
To know more about other printing methods check our blog – Heat Transfer & Sublimation Printing.