What is screen printing and how is it done? Screen printing requires a webbed mesh or a screen which is stretched with a stiff casing. The portions that do not require printing are blocked. For creating prints, the screen needs to be placed on dry paper or fabric. Ink is then placed above the screen. A rubber blade is then used to spread the ink across the screen. This form of printing is ideal for flat surface printing.
Screen printing is a combination of preparing, installing, and orientation of the desired artwork. Numerous tools are used effectively to create designs on polyester surfaces and multifilament nylons. Rubber blades and other tools are used to spread the ink while blotting pens aid in blocking parts which don’t need to be printed. Once the ink is spread, operators place the screens in special screen printing frames for printing. If you are using photosensitive screen printing films, garment printing machines or tabletop printers are required.
Once the printing is complete, the next procedure is to cure the ink. Curing the ink is done with specific equipment, including a flash dryer, textile dryer or a drying board. The latest trend is to pass the printed apparel through heating tunnels through a conveyor belt in order for the ink to dry quickly. In any case, the screen printed items need to be fully dried. Please note that for dark apparel, a proper supportive base print is needed whereas the ideal color garment is white in order for the artwork to be nice and crisp.
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