"full color doesn't mean full price"

When the concept of AmericasPrinter.com started some 23 years ago, we had just a small color press and a few mac computers. We would get our files from our customer, run across town to make color separations, and print all night long. Looking back, those were some learning years. They taught us that, the more you kept in "your house" the better it was to meet your clients tremendous deadlines. Today we have four 28"x40" Heidelberg® presses, the latest in Apple's i7 technology, full prepress to finishing abilities. It's really fun to watch your dreams grow.


This stage involves gathering all the necessary materials needed to make your product. Some factories provide materials and assembly; sometimes you will need to buy materials separately.


A sample is a prototype of your idea. Sample-makers usually make the product by hand (hand-cutting, hand-assembling, etc.) before you get your tooling finalized. You want your sample to be perfect if you plan to do mass production of your product.

(Usually sample-makers charge more per product, but this depends on the factory’s policy.)


"Production run" means making a lot of one product at once. The factories listed under "production" can produce small and/or large quantities. The minimum order for a production run can vary from factory to factory (some have no minimum, some require a dozen, and some require up to 1,000 to be made at once)