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Old July 23rd, 2012 Jul 23, 2012 1:43:25 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Tonight was one of those rare nights where I actually found myself in the shop printing (just filling in a late-night shift to make sure we stay on top of the orders) - since I had my computer with me, I went ahead and set it up to record one full hour of my production cycle. Actually, I thought I had recorded much more than that but apparently the software I was using automatically stops recording at one hour.... Oh well, one hour is enough to give you an idea of how things flow - notice I have more than enough time to load, unload, pre-treat, print and even meander about aimlessly for periods of time; I am not rushed at all, and I can keep the machine moving by myself.

Neoflex Production Cycle - One Hour in 15 Minutes - YouTube

Many people have requested live printing videos from end-users, but I think most small business owners aren't trying to show the "behind the scenes" workings of their shop, to the public. In my case, I don't particular like showing how messy my place is, and I also feel as though I should be showing this process with slightly better hardware (such as some auto-opening heat presses to smooth things out a bit) - at any rate, this will give people something to look at for a few minutes.

It was a good night for printing - humidity was around 38% the whole time I was at the shop, with temps in the high 70's.



NOTE - the two shirts I hold up at the end of the video are not the images being printed; I just happened to walk by those shirts (which were printed for my pregnant wife and her sister) and wanted to share them with the world.
 
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Old July 23rd, 2012 Jul 23, 2012 2:57:19 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Neoflex One Hour Production Cycle - Nonstop Printing

What are you using to cure your shirts? You sliding it in something?
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Old July 23rd, 2012 Jul 23, 2012 3:10:56 AM -   #3 (permalink)
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2nd heat press is right side behind the camera. Nice and Clean shop and organized. Cheers! Thanks for sharing.
PS: Do you ever Sleep?
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Default Re: Neoflex One Hour Production Cycle - Nonstop Printing

Thanks Justin, good "behind the scenes" video.

Nice to see how a pro does it.

Looks like you're first step in curing the print is simply "hovering" over the shirt on the heat press, no pressure at all. Correct? And I gather your final press is done on the other heat press (which was out of the camera's view) with some pressure. Correct?

Shop looks clean and organized, so no need to worry about appearances.

Congrats on the new arrival! Due date?

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PS: Do you ever Sleep?
I was wondering the same thing Peter!

I saw him close his eyes for 30 seconds, I'll bet that was all he got last night.
 
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Default Re: Neoflex One Hour Production Cycle - Nonstop Printing

Lol,
If he 30second close his eyes that is equal to 2 minutes. Long enough to him. Maybe~.
Did he print this job for urgent today's morning delivery or video purpose? Anyway his shop is cleaner than my living room ? Don't mention my bedroom. Lol
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LOL german youtube.
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Old July 23rd, 2012 Jul 23, 2012 9:54:50 AM -   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the video, very brave and very informative. The first thing that struck me straight away was how slow the process is. I would love to see a similar video using production mode to compare against the speed of my kit.

What size was the print?
 
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Default Re: Neoflex One Hour Production Cycle - Nonstop Printing

what do you use on your bed that allows you to remove/replace the platens so quickly? just marks on the bed, or is there some kind of stops used to easily slide the platen into place?
 
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What are you using to cure your shirts? You sliding it in something?
I am using a Hix "draw press" to hover the shirts (also used for curing the PT fluid), then I move the shirts over to the clamshell press that is just off camera; you will notice that I only place the shirts on the hover press when the clamshell is already backed up (if I don't hover on the draw press, I use the clamshell to hover for a few seconds before fully closing the press for curing).
 
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Sleep? What's that? haha With everything that has been going on recently, I think "sleep" is going to be a foreign concept to me for awhile longer....
 
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Default Re: Neoflex One Hour Production Cycle - Nonstop Printing

Justin,

Do you do the complete pretreatment with a paintbrush only?
 
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Looks like you're first step in curing the print is simply "hovering" over the shirt on the heat press, no pressure at all. Correct? And I gather your final press is done on the other heat press (which was out of the camera's view) with some pressure. Correct?
Correct - initially I just want to ensure the ink is dry to the touch when I close the heat press for a final cure, since I want to minimize any potential ink transfer to the parchment paper. When I actually close the press to cure the ink, I try to keep minimal pressure at this step - the only time I use heavy pressure is for curing the PT fluid, prior to printing.


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Congrats on the new arrival! Due date?
THANKS! So far, the due date is 12-12-12.... My little baby girl!
 
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Did he print this job for urgent today's morning delivery or video purpose?
The order I am printing in the video is due in the client's hands tomorrow, but the full order is 105 units WITH DTG printing, screen printing, rhinestones AND foil! I have a feeling tonight will be another very long night.......

I am off to LA to buy a bucket load of rhinestones!
 
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LOL german youtube.
lol. Is there something I need to do on my end to ensure that this video can be viewed around the world? Or does Germany simply not respect the Neoflex???
 






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