- force ink or paint through a fine screen to create a image on top of a substrate
- a picture or design produced by screen-printing.
In its current form, screen printing was first invented in 1911, so it’s well over 100 years old. There were earlier versions of the process though, with the oldest being traced back to the Song dynasty in ancient China, from sometime around the year 1000 AD.
As the name suggests, it uses a screen with a stencil that blocks out parts of a design on top of a mesh layer. Squeegees are used to roll ink over the stencil and mesh, and where there is no stencil, the ink is applied to the material below.
Not always. There are single-color screen-printing presses, but most companies have four color presses that can create multi color images. This creates a dynamic finished product.
Screen printing is actually one of the most versatile printing options. Professional companies use this type of printing on fabric like t-shirts, creating custom t-shirts. Plastic items, paper, metals and other things are also used with the screen printing method. In fact, there are very few materials that you can’t screen print on!
Screen printing is great for custom designs and creating a promotional product.
In order to print your design on your items, your professional screen-printing company needs to create the stencil or stencils that will be used for the print. This takes a little more time and uses some materials, so you will usually have a fixed setup cost, and then a cost per item.
Yes. There are various DIY and commercially available printing screens you could use to do your own printing. But the screen printing process requires some skill. Professionals use screen printing equipment to create quality products that last longer than their DIY counterparts.
Due to the process of screen printing there is typically a minimum order. However, we do have flexible solutions that allow you to order what you need now and save money on future orders.
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