Silkscreen printing


Screen-printing is a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials, which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate. A roller or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil, forcing or pumping ink past the threads of the woven mesh in the open areas.

Silkscreen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. This process can be used to print on a wide variety of stocks including
| Paper | Cardboard | Plastics | Glass | Metals | T shirt printing including most fabrics |

Common products produced by the silk screen-printing process include

| Posters | Labels | Signage | Textiles | Promotional items | Balloons | Clothing | Decals | Product labels | Displays | and more

The advantages of silkscreen printing over other print processes are
  • The press can print on stocks of any shape, thickness and size.
  • A significant characteristic of silkscreen printing is that a greater thickness of the ink can be applied to the stock than is possible with other printing techniques. This allows for some very interesting effects that are not possible using other printing methods.
  • The screen-printing process affords one the opportunity to print images and text on a variety of promotional items. Unlike other printmaking techniques, such as intaglio or relief, screen-printing allows many prints to be created before a re-application of ink is necessary, which makes screen-printing very useful commercially.

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