What to do when you want to bring your own paper for printing.

What to do when you want to bring your own paper for printing.

Considerations

  1. Nonstop Printing does not recommend providing stocks for projects as we use digital equipment which is sensitive to different papers. It will increase cost and turnaround.
  2. We need lots of extras to test. More details below.
  3. We typically will not use client provided stocks for our Matte Ink since that is the most sensitive press.
  4. We're the most open to using client provided envelopes since we print them on a dedicated envelope printer which is stock friendly.


What paper size do you recommend?

We recommend using at least 11x17" paper because our costs are dependent on how much we can fit on a sheet.

What is your min and max thickness recommendations?

Typically 60# text (4.9pt) is the low end and 130# cover (18pt) is the high end. For thin paper weights, you want paper that has a long grain direction. For thick stocks we like running it short grain for a better chance of success?

How does Nonstop Printing determine how many products we can fit onto a sheet?

It depends on the machine and what we need to do to finish the product. In general, know that we do not print all the way to the edge of the sheet. We typically require a 1" margin.

How many extra sheets should I bring?

Typically we need 40 extra minimum and 20% extra for the run. Examples:

100 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 140 total sheets including extras.

200 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 240 total sheets including extras.

300 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 360 total sheets including extras.

Difficult projects

For difficult jobs like critical color matching we need 2x for low quantity projects up to 75 and 20-50% extra depending on how difficult the color is. This is because our digital machines can "drift" in color through the run. 

Examples:

100 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 175 total sheets including extras.

200 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 300 total sheets including extras.

300 sheets needed for the final quantity: We need 450 total sheets including extras.

Video on how we think about cutting big sheets down to small sheets


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