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Screen printing

Screen printing

The silk screen printing is the most traditional form of garment printing , with this technique we achieve the highest quality results in t-shirt printing, bag printing or other garment printing. So, this is the most suitable for long runs to cover the initial costs of screens. The Sik screen printing is a very popular and economical method for creating large quantities of customized clothing such as shirts or sweatshirts .

This is also a good option to customize t-shirts and bags. In Silk Screen Printing colored garments requires white ink base layer to ensure that the design obtains a good stamping quality.

THE CLASSIC AMONG THE PRINTING PROCESSES

Screen printing is still the most widely used method for textile printing on t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, or cotton bags. Although technology in the field of DTG printing continues to progress, screen printing is the most proven finishing process for cost-effective, professional and extremely durable prints. High wash resistance, color brilliance and comfort characterize it.

Screen printing can print on almost any textile. With our modern screen printing machines and printing inks, which meet the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Class 1, we can make multicolored designs with up to 4-5 colors. 

For medium to high runs, screen printing is superior to all other procedures in terms of setup cost, print quality, and durability. So this process is especially popular with advertising agencies, events, textile designers or merchandisers. 

Please also note two factors cost saving: 

1. The larger your print run per design, the lower the single price 
2. The more colors your design contains, the higher price per unit

TECHNICAL INFORMATION FOR CUSTOMERS :

  • Silk Screen printing means quality and durability.
  • Ideal for large volume orders.
  • It adapts better to logos or designs with flat inks instead of photographs or printed in full color with gradients.

Maximum printing area: WIDTH 12 x HIGH 12 inch. (Large prints available at an additional cost, please contact us). A separate screen is required for each color of the design.  So, the fewer colors in your logo means, minus the costs ($30 each).

  • Recommended formats for designing and sending files:
  • Illustrations in vector (Ai, EPS, PDF), with fonts and lines drawn.
  • Minimum order quantity: 12 pieces

TECHNICAL ISSUES

First, we need a digital artwork of your design. 

The design is separated into its respective colors and a screen-printed film is created per color.

 For each film or printing ink, a screen printing stencil is produced.

These are then set up precisely on our screen-printing carousel using laser technology for textile printing.

In printing, the paint is applied so thinly that only a slightly rubberized surface is felt.

Once we prepare frames, place them on the printing machine, insert the T-shirts one by one into the mechanical arms and let the color filter on the frames. We check that everything is proceeding correctly and remove the printed t-shirts and insert the new ones.

To complete the process, the shirts must pass through the drying tunnel. The tunnel must be at a precise temperature so that the silk screen printing inks dry properly. This is a fundamental step.  In this way the prints will last for years and will not ruin with washes or use. The tunnel is the latest generation and uses only electricity, much more environmentally friendly than those with diesel.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN PRINTING YOUR DESIGN?

The maximum print size of the silk screen printing film is 15x 18 inch. This means that such pressure on a fabric is not always applicable. 
In case of uncertainty of determining the desired print size on the fabric, you are welcome to contact us our Los Angeles based Silk Screen printing shop.

Please also note that the print size is not variable for different clothing sizes. If your a S size T-shirt in  with a print width of  10 inch “fabric filling” is the subject with the same print size on a XXL T-shirt is naturally smaller.

This is associated with additional costs (for the creation of the screen printing films and screens), since now for each quantity of color a screen must be created. 
We are happy to advise you.

Before the start of production, you will receive a mock up file to check and aprrove.
Only after your approval we start production.

Please note, however, that the visual proof may differ in scale and color fidelity. 
If you have exact dimensions or information about your print motif, please send us a view or a mail with the exact data.

ADVANTAGES

  • Very good price / performance ratio for longer runs
  • Strong and rich colors with excellent color rendering, even on large surfaces
  • Precise reproduction of special colors according to Pantone C
  • High opacity
  • Long lasting print quality
  • High wash resistance
  • Effect colors possible (gold, silver etc.)

DISADVANTAGES

  • Expensive for single orders
  • Price increases with the number of printing inks, since a printing screen is required for each individual color
  • Elaborate color separation in photos and color gradients necessary
  • Print resolution for color separations is always lower than in digital printing
  • Number of colors 
 Screen printing process:

The silk screen printing process looks quite complicated to explain so, we will help with images. 

The 3 main elements involved in this process are the films or transparencies, the printing frames and the inks that we call technical costs together As the colors of the drawing increase, the above components will increase and the technical costs will increase.

screen printing procedures
Silk Screen printing films

Film Printing for Screen Setup

Drying Screens

Squeezing screen printing ink

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