Industrial screen printing
Screen printing or silk screening, is something that people see everyday but most likely don't realize it or think about. The most common use for screen printing is putting designs onto clothing. It is a process that is old, but is constantly being improved upon with new and exciting uses being found all the time. You start with an image printed onto a clear plastic sheet and a mesh screen, the mesh screen is stretched extremely tight onto a frame, usually wood or aluminum. Next an emulsion is layered on both sides of the mesh, this will allow for a "stencil" to be created, which will become your image. After exposing the screen with your image, usually taped to the screen, with UV light, your stencil is created and its ready to be used.
While most places focus on apparel screen printing, we focus all of our attention on screen printing metals, aluminum, glass, wood and plastics. Most people stay away due to the inks being much different and harder to work with, and the process in general being more difficult. While shirts are always the same shape, just different sizes, metal parts will come in all different shapes and sizes, creating unique situations each time. Often needing special jigs and setups to complete the parts.
What can I screen print on?:
- Powder coated metals
- Stainless steel
- Glass, including flat pieces like mirrors and glasses or bottles