Screen-printing is a popular method of branding used by companies which have large events or giveaways as it is a less expensive option to embroidery. It is particularly ideal for T-shirts.
Our automated Screen-print machine allows us to print up to a 6 colour logo (dependant on garment colour), in a number of positions. Front or back are the most popular positions for t-shirts, however other positions are possible, subject to garment and logo. our automated Screen-print machine are able to print up to 40,000 prints per month.
Screen-printing pricing is based on the number of colours required and the overall number of garments required. A screen is required for each colour in the design, at a cost of £22.50 (subject to VAT) per colour. A base setup screen is also required for dark colour garments, so the colours shown are true and not muted due to dark coloured garments.
Screen-printing is most cost effective on quantities of 20 or more. If your requirement is for many colours on a small quantity a further option of Transfer printing is available in-house.
Again as with embroidery, the design will be amended or redrawn accordingly to make it suitable for printing taking into account your requirements.The design will then be sent to you with all colours & positions clearly stated for approval.
The equivalent of the printing plate for a screen printed is the screen, a wooden or aluminium frame with a fine nylon mesh stretched over it. The mesh is coated with a light sensitive emulsion or film, which , when dry, will block the holes in the mesh. The image that needs to be printed is output to film either by camera or image-setter.
This film positive and the mesh on the screen are sandwiched together and exposed to ultra-violet light in a light box.
The screen is then washed with a jet of water which washes away all the light sensitive emulsion that has not been hardened by the ultra-violet light. This leaves you with an open stencil which corresponds exactly to the image that was supplied on the film. A different screen is required for each colour of the design.
Now the screen/s are fitted on the press and is hinged so it can be lifted and lowered. The garment to be printed is placed in position on the palette and ink is placed on the top side of the screen. A rubber blade gripped in a wooden or metal handle called a squeegee (a larger version of the window cleaners squeegee) is pulled across the top of the screen, it pushes the ink through the mesh onto the garment you are printing. The last stage is to fully cure the ink with a conveyor dryer which makes for a long lasting image.
The Xpres Cut system (plotter cut) allows you to produce single colour basic transfers that can be industrially washed, dry cleaned, tumble dried and ironed, making them ideal for sports, promotional and work wear.
More elaborate transfers can be printed instead of being plotter cut. Single, multi colour or four colour process designs can be produced this way,
The principal advantages of this method are;
- Much finer print detail can be achieved than is possible to produce as a plotter cut transfer.
- Very fine half tones are possible permitting smooth graduations and photographic reproduction.
- Transfers can be used to decorate textile products, such as bags and caps, that cannot be conventionally printed