A Checklist of Equipment & Supplies Needed to Start Screen Print Shop
Ready to start screen printing? It's a big jump, but it's so worth it. To build your shop, you will need to obtain some equipment and supplies. Our Sales and Success Team put together a handy check list of everything you should consider investing in your future shop.
The Basics of Mixing Emulsion and Coating a Screen
Not all emulsions respond the same when coating screens: some emulsions require adjustments in pressure and speed, depending on the emulsion thickness and the type of mesh you're working with on your screen. The end result should give a nice glisten that makes a great stencil for your next screen printing job. Darkroom expert Colin Huggins is on the case.
3 Ways to Spot Frozen Emulsion and How to Handle it
It's that time of year again. There is a bite to the air, frost on your car windows, there might even be a dusting of snow outside your front door. Why does this affect your screen print shop? Screen printers need to be conscious of both what you order and when you order it.
Screen Coating Basics Live Stream
Every screen print starts in the darkroom, and every screen starts with a good coat of emulsion. Follow along as darkroom expert Colin Huggins walks through the basics of mixing dual cure emulsion and coating screens.
Streamline Your Printing Prep Process with These 6 Tips
A screen printing job takes a lot of man hours. The whole process, from art prep to screen reclaim, takes time and effort to constantly hone in processes and learn from mistakes. The pre-press process — everything you do before setting up the press for a print run — is a big part of the screen printing process. Want to improve productivity and streamline this process? Here are six ways to dial in the pre-press process.
Use Scrap Wood to Create a DIY Emulsion Coating Stand in 5 Steps
Coating a screen is important to create the perfect base layer for a great print. Accomplishing this task can be done in a couple of different ways. You can coat screens by supporting the screen on the floor or creating a coating stand. Want to create a DIY coating stand? Here’s how to get it done.
A Crash Course in Choosing Proper Scoop Coater & Squeegee Sizing for a Job
Size matters in screen printing. But it’s not just about how big your press or conveyor is. The sizing of all your equipment and supplies is important, even down to squeegees and scoop coaters. If you’re having issues when coating screens or getting a good print, it might not be your technique. You might just not have properly sized supplies for the job. So what size scoop coater and squeegees should you use? What can happen if you don’t use the right size? Let’s find out.
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.
4 Steps to Consistently Reclaim Screens
Reclaiming screens has to be one of the most tedious parts of screen printing. Who hasn’t procrastinated and left screens sitting by the washout booth without reclaiming them? With the right cleaners and good habits, your reclaim process can be super easy.
4 Tips to Prevent Pinholes and Fisheyes
You’ve coated a screen for screen printing, exposed it, and rinsed it out. You might notice tiny holes in the screen where there shouldn’t be. Why is this? In this video, Ronald Peters touches on why pinholes and fisheyes happen, and gives tips to stop them before they cause problems on your screen.
How to Prepare A Screen For Water-Based Printing
Prepping a screen for water-based inks can be a little more tricky than plastisol. The print deposit is thinner, the ink dries on the screen over time, and the ink can potentially break down emulsion faster than plastisol ink would. Because of this, you need a good screen to get a good print. Let’s go through the process of making a screen so you’re prepared for your next water-based job.
How the Baselayr X1620 Exposure Unit Will Elevate Your Darkroom
Do you want to experience faster exposure times? Do you wish your stencils were more durable? Are you having trouble capturing details? You’re going to want to take a look at the Baselayr X1620 LED Exposure Unit: a new, improved unit for entry level printers. This exposure unit has new technology that will improve production. What’s so special about this exposure unit? Let’s find out.