Screen printing has been one of the best techniques for creating printed clothing for the last few decades. It allows us to add graphics and artwork to otherwise ordinary materials to provide customisation. Today, we wanted to take a look at how technology is causing the screen printing industry to change. Are these alterations making screen printing better or worse? Let’s find out.
Cylinder presses have become popular in recent times because they are said to improve the screen printing process. They tend to allow printing speeds of up to 4500 sheets per hour, which makes the job more efficient. Standard flatbed presses will print less than 1000 sheets per hour in comparison. The configuration of cylinder presses allows more precise results and automation. Those are things you don’t get with flatbed presses.
Cylindrical Printing Press
They might sound similar in name, but cylindrical printing presses are different to cylinder presses. Inside the cylinder you’ll find a squeegee and ink, and the whole thing is constructed of metal mesh through which the ink transfers. It’s an excellent tool for printing textiles in high volumes, and again, it allows greater productivity.
Laser-Cut Stencil Masks
Stencil masks work differently when compared to a traditional stencil. The mask is often made of stainless steel, and it comes into contact with the substrate in a vertical movement. After the flood coater lifts, the squeegee moves in the opposite direction pushing paste into the open areas of the mask.
UV Screen Printing
UV screen printing inks do not dry like their traditional counterparts. Instead, they cure when exposed to UV light. That ability has helped to make large-scale screen printing businesses more competitive. There is no longer need to wait around for inks to dry when you select the UV products. Printers can handle and pack as soon as they come out of the curing unit.
Now we’ve taken a look at some of the most significant printing technology around these days; it’s time to work out if it benefits the industry. Firstly, anything that makes the printing process faster is a good thing. So, cylinder presses that allow printers to complete four times as many products in the same period are always great.
Secondly, using laser-cut stencil masks should mean printers experience excellent solvent resistance. Those products also exhibit a better level of durability when they are handled properly by professionals. That means printers will spend less money on replacements, and they should always get better results.
Thirdly, everyone in the industry wants to produce the best quality items for their customers. Any technological advancement should go down well so long as it helps to achieve that goal. To answer the question posed in the title of this article, technology is almost certainly making screen printing better.
How can we expect screen printing process to improve in the future? Well, that’s something we all want to know. Let’s just hope innovators keep pushing the limits of our knowledge and coming up fantastic new devices.
See you next time!