If you print garments like most shops do, then you pull the squeegee from the back of the screen to the front to pass the ink properly from the stencil to the surface of the shirt. This method is widely accepted and is even a design consideration built into automatic garment presses on the market today. The truth is a majority of printers rely on this technique because it’s what they were taught or it’s the way they’ve always done it.
Printers can control many variables in the printing process; however, the customer often predetermines which substrate fits the purpose. Therefore, the more you know about all types of substrates and hot markets for certain types of substrates, the more prepared you will be to print on whatever comes your way. This article discusses printing on plastic, metal, wood, and glass and offers valuable insight from printers about production considerations, growing markets for certain substrates, and disasters to avoid.
Screen Printing magazine recently sat down with printers and regulatory experts to find out about what’s going on in outdoor advertising. The particpants include:
I’m not certain whether you get the Discovery Channel on TV, but it is extremely popular at chez MacDougall. And I have to hand it to the programmers—I love the irony of “Destroyed in Seconds” following “How It’s Made,” which has got to be my second favorite show on TV—next to hockey, of course. It never fails to amaze me, as the camera follows products getting bent, punched, flattened, formed, or baked, how they always seem to gloss over the printing part, especially when the objects are screen printed. Why is that?
Everyone likes a good story. Sometimes, though, they can be unsatisfying fairy tales or urban legends with just the thread of truth in them and not much else.
EskoArtwork OEM business unit i-cut has signed an agreement with Ezletter Int’l Ltd., based in Guangzhou, China, by which Ezletter has licensed use of the i-cut Vision Pro control systems for its CNC routers and plasma systems. Ezletter says i-cut Vision Pro will enable to company to enhance the accuracy and speed of its equipment.
Foster City, CA-based WYNIT, Inc., a national distributor serving the digital-imaging, technical-graphics, security, and consumer markets, will work with EFI to distribute eXpress and Fiery XF software products.
“The timing of this relationship is perfect, as the need for color management is growing every month in the photo, print-for-pay and large-format markets,” says Bill Bieger, director of sales, graphic-arts solutions, EFI.
Fujifilm companies in Japan and the U.S. have joined together in support of the people of Haiti following the earthquake that struck on January 12. The companies provided $400,000 in financial assistance and medical products and equipment.
A.W.T. World Trade (www.awt-gpi.com) offers two UV curing systems for three-dimensional parts. Accu-Cure 3D-UV is a conveyor/tunnel unit that A.W.T. says is perfect for plastic buckets, containers, and any other objects that require 360˚ curing. It features a computer-controlled cooling system, an ozone-removal provision, interlock safety switch, removable reflector, and variable UV output of 100, 200, or 300 w/in. The unit also has a 24-in.-wide (610-mm) belt and can accommodate items up to 6.5 in. (165 mm) in diameter x 14 in. (356 mm) tall.
M&R (www.mrprint.com) recently added the Sportsman DPE to its line of automatic garment presses. The company says the Sportsman DPE offers the same simplicity of operation and performance-proven dependability as the Sportsman E, but with room to place flash units between print stations. Sportsman DPE’s eight printheads and 18 stations enable users to flash between each printhead and print up to eight colors. Sportsman DPE has a maximum print stroke length of 31 in. (787 mm) and a standard image area of 16 x 18 (406 x 457 mm).