Digital Screen Printing
Screen printing is a technique that involves using a woven mesh screen to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The screen stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials by pressing through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate (the item that will receive the image).
A squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing ink through the mesh openings to wet the substrate during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds away from the substrate, the ink remains. Basically, it is the process of using a mesh-based stencil to apply ink onto a substrate, whether they are t-shirts, posters, stickers, vinyl, wood, or other materials.
Digital Screen printing is also sometimes known as silkscreen printing. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design. Screen Printing-All kinds of digital colour printing solutions
When and where is Screen printing Used?
Screen Printing is most commonly associated with T-Shirts, lanyards, balloons, bags and merchandise; however, this process is also used when applying latex to promotional printed scratch cards or for a decorative print process called spot UV. All using the same process of squeegees and screens, the clear coating is then exposed to UV radiation lamps for the drying process.
Primarily used to enhance logos or depict certain text, spot UV is a great way to take your print to the next level.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the screen printing machine?
It costs between $30,000 to $80,000 to invest in a high-quality automatic machine. That cost includes everything you’ll need to get started.
What is the screen printing example?
T-shirts are one common application of screen printing. The clothing industry uses screen printing on a variety of garments. We could use the same inks and prepared screen that we used in class to print on t-shirts. Screen printing is also used to make prints from poster size all the way up to billboard size.
What are the steps to screen printing?
Step 1: The design is created. …
Step 2: The screen is prepared. …
Step 3: The emulsion is exposed. …
Step 4: The emulsion is washed off, creating the stencil. …
Step 5: The Item Is Prepared For Printing. …
Step 6: The ink is pressed through the screen onto the item.
Step 7: The product is dried, checked and finished.
Why do you screen print?
Screen printing is the best option for designs that require a high level of vibrancy when printing on dark shirts or for specialty products. The ink in screen printing is applied thicker than digital printing, which results in brighter colors even on darker shirts.
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