What is screen printing?

Posted January 22, 2020

Screen printing is a versatile printing process that you can use to customize a wide variety of substrates, including paper, paperboard, plastics, glass, metals and fabrics.

Screen Printing Applications

Some common screen printed products include posters, labels, decals, signage, and textiles. The advantage of screen printing over other print processes is that your image can be added to materials of any shape, thickness and size.

Screen Printing Process Overview

Screen printing consists of three elements: the screen, which carries the image; a squeegee; and ink. The screen printing process uses a porous mesh screen stretched tightly over a frame. A stencil is produced on the screen, defining the image to be printed.

Screen printing ink is applied to the substrate through the screen using the squeegee; applied pressure forces the ink through the open areas of the stencil.

The rate of screen printing production was once dictated by the drying rate of the screen print inks. Due to improvements and innovations, the production rate and speed of delivery has greatly increased from years past.

Screen Preparation

Screen (or image transfer) preparation includes a number of steps. First, you will provide the image you wish to have printed. We then transfer the image to film and eventually use it to prepare the screen stencil.

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