Why Quality Takes Time: Production Processes for 3D Transfer Labels

A lot of people have a deadline or urgent need for their custom labels and stickers. While we understand the frustration of waiting for your order, it's important to recognize that creating high-quality 3D transfer labels is a meticulous process that requires time and attention to detail. Rushing the production could compromise the quality of the final product, which is something we at UnikPortrait are not willing to do.


The usual production time for our 3D transfer labels is 5-7 business days. This timeframe allows us to ensure that each step of the process is carried out with the utmost care and precision, resulting in a product that meets our high standards and exceeds our customers' expectations.



Screen Printing

Our UV transfer labels and magic transfer stickers are created using screen printing, a process that requires more time than digital printing. For each design, we must create separate screens for every color, a process that involves coating, exposing, and washing specialized mesh screens. Unlike digital printing, screen printing is largely manual - we apply each color separately, with drying time needed between layers. This method, while more time-consuming, allows for superior color vibrancy, durability, and the unique 3D effects that set our products apart. The extra time invested ensures each label meets our high-quality standards and provides a premium product that digital printing simply can't match.



Metal Label

When it comes to our metal transfer labels, the production process is even more specialized and complex. These labels aren't simply cut or printed with foil; instead, they undergo an electroplating process using nickel as the raw material. Each unique design requires us to create a custom film and an electroplated plate. This process is highly technical and costly, involving specialized equipment and expertise. Due to the significant investment in creating these custom plates, we need to set a Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ) of 100 labels per order. This MOQ helps us cover the initial plate-making costs while still offering you a high-quality, durable metal label product. We appreciate your understanding of this requirement, as it allows us to continue providing these premium metal transfer labels at competitive prices while maintaining our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.



UV DTF Transfer Sticker

For our DTF (Direct to Film) transfer stickers, we employ a more modern printing technique that offers its own unique advantages. DTF printing uses specialized water-based inks that are directly printed onto a clear PET film. This method allows for highly detailed, full-color designs with smooth gradients and fine lines. While DTF can be somewhat quicker to produce than traditional screen printing, we still require around 5 business days for production. This timeframe ensures we can maintain our high quality standards throughout the process, from initial printing to applying the adhesive powder and heat-setting the design. The DTF method is particularly versatile, adhering well to a wide range of surfaces and fabrics, making it an excellent choice for clients who need flexibility in their label application. Although faster than some other methods, we still dedicate ample time to ensure each DTF transfer sticker meets our exacting standards for durability and visual appeal.




To wrap up this discussion on production times for our various label types, it's important to emphasize that quality is our top priority at UnikPortrait. Whether we're creating 3D transfer labels through screen printing, producing metal transfer labels via electroplating, or utilizing DTF technology for versatile stickers, each process requires careful attention to detail and time to ensure superior results.


While we strive to meet our clients' deadlines, we also believe in delivering products that exceed expectations in terms of durability, color vibrancy, and overall quality. The 5-7 business day timeframe for most of our products allows us to maintain these high standards consistently.


We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding of these production timelines. Rest assured that during this period, our skilled technicians are working diligently to create custom labels and stickers that will effectively represent your brand and designs. The end result is a product that not only meets your immediate needs but also provides long-lasting value and impact.


For projects with tight deadlines, we encourage you to reach out to our team as early as possible. We're always happy to discuss your specific needs and explore options that might work within your timeframe without compromising on quality. At UnikPortrait, we're committed to delivering exceptional products and service, ensuring that your wait is always worthwhile.

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