Can You Save on Screen Printing Equipment? It's hard not to stop and admire the thick ink deposit and sharp defined edge of high density imprints. Every time I walk though a sporting goods store I find myself stopping to feel a high density print on a hoodie from a major brand. Don't let the rich look fool you, high density can be achieved on your manual press with as little as one screen. This tutorial walks through the entire process. For most techniques we usually do not recommend a specific stencil system. In this case, our goal is to achieve a thick stencil and the high 52% solids of PC 701 from is a perfect fit. Capillary film could be employed as an alternative, but the fast exposing time and low cost of PC 701 save both time and money. Screen Making In this example we used an 83 mesh with a 70 micron thread diameter (when purchasing mesh the thread diameter is noted as the second number). We recommend using Image Mate PC 701 to create a thick 400 micron stencil. The combination of mesh and stencil provides a wide opening to accommodate a thick triangle ink deposit. Your artwork will ultimately dictate your mesh selection. 838 PF High Density Super Clear can be printed through meshes ranging from 60 for less detail to 110 for finer detail. Keep in mind that higher mesh counts may require additional print flash print cycles to build up the ink deposit.
If other colors are used in the design refer to the mesh count recommendation from the manufacturer and select the mesh that best fits the detail of your artwork. Screen Printing Method Print any additional colors in the design as you normally would before printing the 838 PF High Density Super Clear. You can stack the HD Super Clear on top of a previously printed and flashed color to create a doming effect and/or print it directly onto the garment for a tone on tone effect. Both techniques were used in our example. The HD
Super Clear was printed on top of the blue icon to create a domed look and on directly to the shirt creating a tone on tone look with the text. If you are staking the clear on top of additional colors make sure that you flash them first. Flood the HD Super Clear thoroughly into the stencil and print the first stroke. The HD Super Clear will look milky. This is perfectly normal and will clear out when cured. Inspect the print, if the surface appears uneven or pitted, flash the image and repeat the flood - print process to achieve a smooth, even surface. Environmental Note: The screen printing supplies used in this project were phthalate free, so this final print is CPSIA compliant. When looking for screen printing equipment, it's likely you'll see a lot of different offers for very different price ranges. The different models in the market make sure that every target user can be happy with their choosing, with some low end models for the occasional silk screening project and the professional machines for those who want to use it as the base of their business. For More Information Visit http://www.rivercitygraphicsupply.com/
Published on May 1, 2013