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Modernistic
1987 Industrial Blvd S
Stillwater MN 55082

651-291-7650

FAQs

What is screen printing?

Screen printing is where ink is flooded onto a polyester mesh and pushed through an open stencil (via squeegee pressure) transferring the ink to the substrate/material.

What is the difference between digital printing and screen printing?

Digital printing takes a digital image and prints it directly to the material, while screen printing takes the digital image, breaks it down into separate images of color, uses a squeegee and stencil to push the different colored inks through, finally, creating a finished image. Digital printing is often more efficient, faster with smaller quantities while screen printing is more efficient with larger quantities.

What materials can you screen print on?

We’ve printed on everything from satellites to traditional print substrates. We get new materials to formulate and test out every week. So whether it’s an old or new substrate, we will help you pick the one that best fits your project.

What special effects can you screen print?

Special effects printing is an area where screen printing really shines (literally and figuratively). Some of the most common special effects include (but not limited to): reflective, translucent, chalkboard, scratch off, and glow in the dark.

How many screen printers do you have?

We are proud to have one of the most extensive large format screen printing selection in the US. From carousel printers to wide format 6 color straight printers we have whatever it takes to get the job done.

How does having screen and digital printing help me?

Having screen and digital print capability is helpful for a number of reasons, but having them in the same building is far more rare and invaluable. Having these processes in close proximity allows us to give you multiple options for a single project, it also allows us to interchange processes within that project! Other printers have to outsource, ship, or transport back and forth which just adds time and cost.

What is digital printing?

Simply put, digital printing is just a much larger version of a desktop printer. We can print on 2 large rolls at a time or with just single sheets of varying thickness.

What can you digitally print on?

We’ve printed on everything from satellites to traditional print substrates. We get new materials to formulate and test out every week. So whether it’s an old or new substrate, we will help you pick the one that best fits your project.

How many digital printers do you have?

We are proud to have one of the most extensive large format digital printing selection in the US. From double roll feeding UV printing to latex printing we have whatever it takes to get the job done.

What is die cutting?

Die cutting is essentially just a large cookie cutter for your design. It’s meant to pump out a lot of parts fast and extremely precisely. Like screen printing, the setup is longer but the actual production is very fast.

What are the different type of cuts?

Kiss Cut, Drag Knife, Reciprocating Saw, Router Bit, Crease Score, Through Cut, Straight Rule, Perforated Rule, Creasing Rule, Serrated Rule, Cut Score

How intricate of cuts can you make?

We love to challenge ourselves on this. In fact, there are even some projects where we measure each cut down to the nearest .0015”.

What is digital cutting vs. die cutting?

Similar to digital printing, digital cutting is often more efficient with smaller quantities while die cutting (like screen printing) is more efficient with larger quantities.

What types of cutting equipment do you have?

We have over 25 cutting different machines from Die Cutting, Rotary Die-Cutting, Digital Cutting, Sheeting, Sawing, Routing, and Guillotining. Similar to our printing methods, these are all vertically integrated as well to give you options and gain value.

What is digital cutting?

Digital cutting uses a computer with a camera, sensors, and a blade to cut parts instead of a tangible die (a die is like a giant, more precise cookie cutter). Digital cutting is more efficient for lower quantities or thicker material.

What is plastic fabrication?

Plastic Fabrication is converting a 2 dimensional sheet into a 3 dimensional object.

What is finishing?

Finishing is any post printing process.

What kind of laminates do you have?

Laminates can really elevate a project, and is why we invest time and resources to make sure you get the best. We can laminate adhesives, barrier film, overlaminates, etc. (We have laminates that make installs easier, to antimicrobial laminates, and anti-graffiti, anti-scratch, traditional laminates).

Why is your plastic fabrication better?

Our plastic fabrication team has literally been shaping the industry. We even engineered and created our own proprietary equipment to make the process quicker and more efficient.

What is print management?

Print management is where we work directly with a brand to manufacture all their graphics and materials. You give us the vision, then we handle all the details from start to install finding ways to reduce cost almost immediately.

How can you reduce costs by managing the print?

First, you are buying direct (like buying Pepsi straight from the manufacturer). Second, we are industry experts and find ways to increase value while increasing quality on projects everyday. Lastly, we have the most efficient methods of printing and finishing.

What is project management vs print management?

Project management is only for a singular project. In each project our project managers find the most efficient and cost effective processes to finish a project. Print Management is where we focus on bringing you value to all your print projects.

What is custom paint masking?

Custom paint masking is a customized stencil for multicolor painting designed to be easy to apply and remove. In most cases there are multiple layers within a single paint mask (a paint mask within a paint mask).

What types of masks can you do?

Cold Temperature Paint Masks, High Temperature Paint Masks (Bake Cured), Wet Pull Masks, Feather Masks, Powder Coat Masks, Anodizing Masks, Media Blasting Masks (rubber blast Sand), Chemical Etched Masks

How does custom paint masking reduce cost?

Custom paint maks reduce cost by speeding up paint process time, increase assembly line speed, increase labor savings, increase accuracy, decrease mistakes, and keep paint consistencies.

What are the benefits of custom paint masks?

The benefits of paint masks permeate throughout the whole project. They create labor savings, increase assembly line speed, increase accuracy, decrease mistakes, and keep paint consistency. All of which, have a direct and indirect impact on cost savings.

How can your design team help me?

Our design team has been able to save our clients thousands on each project because they know print systems. They know how to best formulate and structure artwork or a design to be most efficient and cost effective.

What does the prototype process look like?

First, you tell us the details and your vision. Then, we engineer the best way to go to production, so that all you have to do is give us the green light. Finally, we design and create a tangible prototype for you to review along with an accurate cost of full roll out.

Why does engineering in each project matter?

We treat each project differently because we exist to bring you value and care about what we produce. Each project is different and must be treated differently in order to find the most efficient and quickest way possible.

What is kitting?

A kit is a set of parts or finished parts grouped together in one package. We can send directly to stores, dropship, or send them to you for distribution. Our kits are proven to reduce cost, time, effort, and increase sustainability.

What is assembly?

Assembly is when we take your parts and build them into a final piece. We can help eliminate your time, effort, and space by taking it right of the production line and delivering it where you need it.

How can your kitting help me?

We make kits to be precise, organized, easy to understand, and simple to install. This ensures that your team is set up for success upon delivery. This helps you lower shipping cost and damage, decrease emissions and waste, streamline your staff’s time, and ultimately increasing your bottom line.

Why does your shipping reduce cost?

Shipping can make or break a project that is why we have invested in a central location in the US, design parts to ship efficiently, and build precise kits to eliminate wasted space.

What is better about Modernistic installing the graphics?

We know our products better than anyone, we know how to best implement them to last longer and look better, and we know how to handle the logistics of different location’s laws and codes.

How many locations can you handle at once?

However many you need. From retail stores to stadiums to semi-trucks we’ve handled installation for over hundreds of locations each year, handling the permits, install technicalities, and government laws so you don’t have to.

What is converting?

Simply put, converting is shape shifting. We take an input material and turn it into multiple output materials. It could be rolls, sheets, or parts.

Do you have rotary die cutting?

Yes. Both 13” wide web and 10” wide web.

Can you laminate?

Yes we can laminate adhesives, barrier film, overlaminates, etc. (We have laminates that make installs easier, to antimicrobial laminates, and anti-graffiti, anti-scratch, traditional laminates)

Can you sheet?

Yes. We can sheet up to a 70” wide roll.

What is a die line?

The die line is essentially the guide or blueprint for us to see where to make the cuts or creases in a part. These die lines can be very tricky to read, but it is imperative that they are correct otherwise it could ruin the project. We make it as easy as possible to make sure your project is exactly how you envisioned it to be.

What is a cutting die?

A cutting die (aka a die) is a replaceable part that is in the shape of what you want cut or creased. Every cutting die has a base with blades sticking out of it. Some of those blades are sharper to cut straight through the part and some are duller to score the material in case you need it to fold, bend, score, or crease. The rubber pieces (which look like colored blocks) are attached to these blades to help cut evenly and protect the part. A die can either be curved or flat. We typically use a curved die (aka a rotary die) only when the parts are small and if there is a dramatically higher volume (think sticker size). Otherwise, we use many types and sizes of flatbed dies because they allow us to be agile and flexible with any project.