Equipment Face Plates
The setup involves the actual construction of the screen for the design to be printed. Unlike embroidery, the number of colors in the design will affect the difficulty of the setup. The setup fee is a flat rate based on the difficulty and number of colors involved. However, the number of garments you order can offset this cost. The setup fee is the same whether you order 1 garment or 10,000 garments.
The price for printing is based on the number of garments, size of the design and the number of colors used.
The typical screen is made of polyester mesh (formerly silk mesh, from which the term "silk screening" is derived).
The polyester mesh is tightly stretched over a wooden or metal frame. A stencil is created on the mesh using a chemical coating known as "emulsion." A "film positive" of the art that is to be printed is placed on the stencil and using an light exposure unit, the stencil is washed out with water. This leaves only the image to be printed on the emulsion coated mesh. The screen is then dryed. The emulsion hardens leaving a durable printing stencil ready for printing thousands of impressions. Once the screen is ready, the screen is placed onto the press, ink is placed in the screen and the squeegee is then pulled across the screen. This forces the ink through the stencil onto the printing surface. Once the product has been screen printed, it is run through a dryer to cure (dry) the ink properly.
Screen printing is a printing process in which ink is pushed through a screen with a device known as a "squeegee" onto a printing surface. The printing surface includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, golf shirts, and other apparel. The printing surface can also be ad specialty products, bags, and face plates of equipment.
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