Is a Laser Temperature Thermometer Gun or a Donut Probe Better for Your Shop?
Should you use a donut probe or a laser temperature thermometer gun to check for the proper cure? Both methods are commonly found in the screen printing trade. But is one better than the other? With two options, here’s a guide for what you’ll want to use in your shop.
Which Flash Unit Benefits My Shop?
Every shop needs a flash unit. They’re a useful tool — flashing or gelling ink, curing ink and warming up that grilled cheese you’ve been looking forward to eating for lunch. A flash dryer isn’t a one-size-fits-all piece of equipment, though. Depending on the size and needs of your shop and plug type, you’ll look for different features in a flash dryer. Do you print large prints? Do you want to print water-based ink? These questions are important when considering which flash unit to purchase. Let’s talk about the differences between the four flash units, and how each serves a different shop.
Best Practices to Ensure Proper Ink Curing with 4 Curing Methods
Curing your prints is one of the last steps of the screen printing process, but it is one of the most important steps. Ink needs to be cured properly so it sets into the garment. If the ink does not cure fully, it will crack, fall apart, and not last for long. Printers use either heat guns, heat presses, flash dryers, or conveyor dryers to cure inks. Let's take a look at how each curing device works.
A Crash Course in Choosing the Best Conveyor Dryer and Dialing It in
Are you ready to experience increased output, faster production, and consistent cures? It’s time for a conveyor dryer. Conveyor dryers are more efficient at curing than flash dryers or heat presses because they provide less guesswork and output at higher volumes. But how do you get it all set up and dialed in to work best for your shop? Let’s jump in.
Missed the FN-INK™ Puff Livestream? Here’s the Highlights
Print expert and FN-INK™ Puff enthusiast Colin Huggins went live on Friday to answer frequently asked questions about this rad 3D ink. If you missed the live stream, don’t worry: we’ve got your back. Huggins covered best practices, getting tons of detail, proper curing, and more. Check out the highlights.
Top 5 Most Helpful Screen Printing Articles of 2021
Learning the trade of screen printing never stops. No matter if you print in your spare bedroom or are outgrowing your 8 color press, there’s always more to learn. Want a crash course? Here’s the 5 most helpful blogs for screen printers of all types in 2021.
How to Properly Cure Plastisol Ink with a Flash Dryer
A flash dryer is a versatile piece of equipment and can be used in many ways, no matter how small your shop is. Curing with a flash dryer takes a little bit of experience to dial in, but can be another way to cure prints without a conveyor dryer. In the video, Josh Wells walks you through properly curing garments with a flash dryer.
Curing with a Flash: Plastisol Ink Edition
Dryers can cost a pretty penny, especially when you're starting to build your shop. Many screen printers use their flash dryers to cure. Flash dry...