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In order for us to create your Technical Drawings (CAD) and Tech-packs, we need images, sketches and notes giving a clear idea of the designs you would like to create.
 
The design handover templates allows us to work together, upload images of shapes, cuts and trims while also finalising fabrics, colours and prints.
 
You may not be able to provide all of the information we ask for, or it may all be a bit confusing – that’s ok! We then advise you to book a design consultation first to get assistance with design decisions, feasibility and how to provide your instructions.
 

TECH PACK FORMAT
Tech packs must be provided the factories as print-ready PDF files including a design detail page, fabric and trims, print art, BOM, labelling, packaging, and CAD drawings with specks and grading rules. 

NEED HELP TO CREATE YOUR TECH PACKS?
Our Design team has extensive knowledge to produce high-quality tech packs providing instructions that is clear for any off-shore production team to follow. Please go to our DESIGN page to book this in.

CREATE YOUR OWN TECH PACKS
If you are able to complete tech packs up to industry standards but need a good template, a user-friendly version can be purchased on our Shop.

Please ensure your tech packs cover all of the areas as outlined in the tech pack format section above. If our Design team does not think your tech pack has sufficient information, then you can either update them on your end or we can assist with this. Keeping in mind that for one of our Designers to look over and check measurements or prints, this will require time spent and will be charged for accordingly.
Incorrect or insufficient tech packs are likely to result in incorrectly made products, which means loss of time and money for everyone involved.
 
 
PRINT DESIGN PREPS
Before you settle on your print design, there is a lot to know:
The printing methods required for your print idea such as; silk screen, digital, rubber, panel, rotary, placement etc.
The feasibility and limitations of your printing methods such as colours, scale, gradient, background colour, seamless repeat, overlaps, borders, quality, and minimums etc.
Feasible Printing method for your budget and QTY.
Some print methods have large set-up costs but are most cost effective once in printing process, others have less or no set-up cost but significantly higher cost in printing process. Some have both low set-up cost and printing process charges, but require large MOQ.
 
Prepare files for printing on fabrics with the correct colour mode for your final printing process + set up any repeat prints to seamlessly repeat and in correct scale.
Before you book a print design job and we start file handling, we advice you prepare an initial brief and book design consultation to avoid double handling or potentially creating something that is not feasible for your purpose.
 
HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM PRINT COST?
Prints are quoted based on their complexity. Your project manager will need to review your print requirements but a print setup can range from AUD 320-700 depending on complexity.
 
CAN I PROVIDE MY OWN PRINT FILES?
You may provide your own prints. However, our factories require all of the below before being able to quote and sample your strike off :
 
  • Print Method: E.g. silk screen print, digital print, rubber, panel, rotary, placement etc.
  • Print size, scale and direction.
  • Pantone colours
  • Seamless repeat artwork
  • If your artwork is not setup to the above standard, your project manager may need to quote you to update or amend your artwork.

CHINA – FABRIC IMPORT FAQ FOR SWIM & ACTIVE

COMMON HICCUPS TO AVOID WHEN SOURCING FABRICS OR TRIMS.

Fabric & Trim sourcing can be a stumbling block for many new designers.
Although it is good to have an idea of what you are looking for when choosing your raw materials, you may not always find exactly what you have in mind, so be willing to compromise.
 
Some of the factors you should consider are fibers, colors, price, eco-credentials and weight of the material. Don’t end up on a wild goose chase for the “perfect” fabric, as you may lose time and money in the process. Find the right balance and be willing to compromise when you discover a fabric that suits the design, meets essential requirements like continuity and minimums, and also fits your budget.
 
Stock levels is continuity is yet another hiccup that many designers face. If the fabric is discontinued at the time you finish your sampling, all your hard work goes to waste. Unless you are equipped to order production yardage, apart from the collection fabrics you need, only choose suppliers who have fabric in stock, or will make it to order for you, however keep in mind that you will need to meet the fabric MOQ’s and be prepared to pay up-charges for custom print or dye when manufacturing overseas.

WHAT IS IT?
They are a “test swatch” of either custom-dyed colours (Lab dip) or prints (Strike off) onto the material for pre-approval before sample metres or bulk material is purchased. You must choose Pantone TPX or TPG dye and print colours unless your print method is digital.

This service is only offered to existing customers or new customers intending to produce with our factories. The request for lab dip’s and strike off’s must be placed along with tech packs and tentative order QTY.

Some of the factories have dye and printing in-house facilities, but most commonly this is outsourced.

GENERAL LEAD TIMES 
(not including shipping time)
LABDIP’S & PRINT STRIKE OFF: 10 -15 days
BULK FABRIC DYE: 20-35days (pending dye method)
BULK FABRIC PRINTED: 30-40days (pending print method)

MANUAL DYE
Manual dye or manual print method (eg: screen print) is a process used for small MOQ and common in Bail and India (not China). This method is more unpredictable with accuracy and timelines than machine dye or machine print such as digital or rotary print. This is not only because it is done by hand, but also whether will impact how the colour develop. 
Once your strike-off is approved, there is generally a 5% tolerance between sample and bulk accepted.
 **If you require the same colour dyed across multiple fabrics types, please be aware of the following (in particular for the hand-dye process): 

  • There will be a tonal difference between fabric types as they will absorb colour differently, especially if the dye method is manual.
  • For a faster and more cost-effective process, please request lab dip on one fabric type first, once the correct one has been approved, you can request the remaining fabric types to be matched according to the approved lab-dip.

HOW TO SECURE YOUR MATERIAL WILL BE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU ARE READY FOR BULK ORDER
We can calculate how much you will need by your tech packs and tentative order, and then either put down a 35% holding deposit for “estimated quantity”, or buy the rolls for you to store in the factory to ensure fabrics don’t sell out and delay your production by up to 2-3 months whilst the mill is re-producing.

This is particularly recommended if you use fabrics that are either:

  • Expensive (supplier doesn’t keep much stock due to cost)
  • Not “standard” stock
  • Material that is complicated in production, such as – Silks, organic cotton, hemp, linen, bamboo etc.
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