Screen Printing Process
Screen printing is great for Bulk runs, it has a great feel and is very durable.
Screen printing has some initial setup costs which you would have to consider if you want to design your own t shirt and if you were doing smaller runs, There is also a minimum print charge for print runs below 10 units.
Screen printing is very common in the sports, Martial arts and music industry, Making it a preferred choice especially where band merchandise is concerned.
Screen printing has initial screen setup charges and a minimum order of 10 – 20 pieces depending on the design and amount of colours. However with screen print there is better volume discounts available making it the preferred choice for bigger runs.
We take your artwork and create negatives ( Films ) on transparent paper, Similar to overhead projector paper. The colours are separated and the layers are put onto a screen for each colour, Next The design is set up on a carousel ( T shirt printing machine ) And then registered so that all of the separate colours are aligned and ready to print,Next the inks are loaded into the screens and pushed through the mesh using a squeegee.
Once the ink is on the shirt it is then removed and put onto a dryer where is is heated to 17o degrees for approx. 3 minutes and cured read to be worn immediately.
When it comes to screen printing , There are many types of inks available the 2 most popular are Plastisol and water base inks.
Plastisol inks have a more ink look and waterbase is more embedded into the material giving it a softer feel.