Archive for the Screen printing materials Category

Screen printing mesh parameters

Mesh plays the single most important role in the screen printing process, therefore a basic knowledge of different types of meshes, their technical characteristics and possible applications is essential for any screen printer. Incorrectly chosen mesh can be a source of numerous problems and frustrations both at the screen preparation stage as well as during actual printing. Continue reading Screen printing mesh parameters »

Metal screen printing frames

Metal frames are usually made of steel or aluminum and are much more often used in professional screen printing than wooden frames. The main reason for that is that they provide much better stability, which is important for large formats and/or multicolor printing. Continue reading Metal screen printing frames »

Wooden screen printing frames

Wooden frames, despite of their many drawbacks, are commonly used for preparing screen printing forms mainly because of their low price. However, because they’re not very stable, they’re usually used for single color, relatively small format print jobs. Continue reading Wooden screen printing frames »

The screen printing process

Screen printing process is the simplest, yet one of the most versatile printing techniques. All that’s needed to create a print is a screen, ink, squeegee and a table. The screen, expertly referred to as screen printing form, is made of finely woven fabric called mesh stretched over wooden or metal frame. Some areas of the mesh are blocked off with a non-permeable material to form a stencil, which is a negative of the image to be printed. A rubber blade called squeegee is then run over the screen to force the ink through the mesh directly onto the substrate, thus creating a print. Continue reading The screen printing process »