Your screen printing quality fully depends on the condition of your screens - here's how to keep them in great shape!
March 07, 2018
For every screen printing shop, screens are a major expense. Knowing how to clean, care for and store your screens properly can help you to get the maximum amount of life out of your screens, lowering the amount of money your shop spends on screens over time.
If you're considering branching out your screen printing from textiles, UV inks can help open up new possibilities.
February 26, 2018
UV inks have been on the market for screen printers since the 1970s. They’ve grown in popularity as manufacturers have worked out product kinks and printers have learned the best applications and methods for UV inks. Screen printers who have been working primarily with garments — or those who are just getting started in screen printing — might be new to the world of UV inks.
Giving capillary film a try can help create more uniform screen printing stencils for sharper looking prints.
February 13, 2018
For most screen printers, liquid emulsion is the preferred tool for coating screens to make stencils. There is an alternative that’s often overlooked and undervalued: capillary film. Capillary films are sheets of hardened emulsion on a polyester backing. The emulsion side of the film is applied directly to a wetted mesh screen. The emulsion forms a firm bond with the mesh as it dries, and the backing is peeled away. From there, the printer can expose a stencil much as they would a screen coated with liquid emulsion.
In your quest for screen printing efficiency, you've probably considered using a dip tank to clean your screens. Is it a good decision?
February 01, 2018
How do you reclaim your screens? This might be one of the least liked jobs in the entire screen printing shop, which leads most screen printers to explore all screen cleaning options. If you’ve undertaken the search for the best way to reclaim your screens, you’ve likely come across the controversial dip tank. Some screen printers love them, touting them as time and supply savers, while other screen printers warn against them, saying they waist chemicals and produce hazardous waste.
While many different varieties of ink have grown in popularity in recent year, plastisol is still king. Here are some reasons why.
January 24, 2018
Plastisol ink transformed the screen printing industry when it was introduced to the market in the 1970s. Since then, plastisol has become the industry standard. Why is plastisol ink so popular?
You'll often see screen printing ink advertised as ready to use out of the container, but there's a wide variety of additives to help you handle different jobs.
January 22, 2018
When it comes to altering ink to get it to behave just how you want, ink additives can be invaluable. When you’re trying to get a print to look and feel just so, looking to create an eye-catching effect or printing on tricky substrates, screen printing ink additives are tools you can use to get your screen printing jobs to turn out just right.
Your screen tension directly influences the quality of your prints - here are some of the root causes of poor tension.
November 28, 2017
One of the most often overlooked details in screen printing is mesh tension. While brand new screens might print great, over time, your mesh tension will wear down. Poorly tensioned screens can have a major impact on print quality, even if it’s hard to notice that the mesh has become loose or saggy.
As the weather gets colder, the demand for sweaters heats up! Here's a primer on the world of fleece.
September 19, 2017
To order the right garments for your screen printing shop, you have to understand different fabrics. While our previous blog post provides a primer on general fabric basics, there’s one type of fabric that warrants its own discussion: fleece.
All shirts aren't created equal! Here are some of the key characteristics that define your garments.
September 18, 2017
Any screen printer who sets out to find a basic t-shirt to use as a go-to substrate will quickly be faced with the reality of garment selection: there is no such thing as a basic t-shirt.
A busy shop can be an overwhelming place - here are some ways you can stay on top of your orders!
September 07, 2017
As a screen printer, you know that customers want their orders filled as quickly as possible with no sacrifice in print quality. Meeting your deadlines is key to keeping your customers happy (and coming back for more business).
Reducing your business's operating costs can lift your profits - here are some ideas to consider!
September 07, 2017
“You have to spend money to make money,” but all business owners know that balancing costs is a must when it comes to maximizing profits.
Printing with white ink can be deceptively difficult - here are some tips to help you out!
September 01, 2017
Screen printing with white ink can frustrate even experienced screen printers. The same printing process you use with darker inks on lighter substrates can lead to blurred, fibrillated, heavy-handed or undercured prints when used to print white ink on darker substrates.
There's no shortage of fabric options out there - learn how to choose shirts that'll keep your customers happy!
August 09, 2017
For what seems like all of screen printing’s history, screen printers have laid down their art on basic cotton shirts. While basic cotton still might be the industry standard, there are countless shirt options available for screen printing.
Starting a screen printing business can seem overwhelming, but planning for the essentials can make it easier.
July 28, 2017
If you’ve been thinking about starting your own screen printing business, you’ve likely been wondering just what you need to get your screen printing shop up and running.
Reducing waste in your shop not only helps the environment, it helps your bottom line!
June 20, 2017
Running an efficient screen printing shop starts with reducing your waste. A print shop generates many different kinds of waste, from misprinted shirts to leftover ink and chemicals to cardboard boxes and other containers. And eliminating this waste isn't always a straightforward process; some screen printing byproducts are potentially hazardous and require special attention. How do you get it all under control?