Screen Printing Applications & Facts
Screen printing is arguably the most versatile of all printing processes. It can be used to print on a wide variety of substrates, including paper, paperboard, plastics, glass, metals, fabrics, and many other materials. including paper, plastics, glass, metals, nylon and cotton. Some common products from the screen printing industry include posters, labels, decals, signage, and all types of textiles and electronic circuit boards. The advantage of screen printing over other print processes is that the press can print on substrates of any shape, thickness and size.
A significant characteristic of screen printing is that a greater thickness of the ink can be applied to the substrate than is possible with other printing techniques. This allows for some very interesting effects that are not possible using other printing methods. Because of the simplicity of the application process, a wider range of inks and dyes are available for use in screen printing than for use in any other printing process.
The major chemicals used include screen emulsions inks, and solvents, surfactants, caustics and oxidizers used in screen reclamation. The inks used vary dramatically in their formulations.
Flex Print Facts
Flex Print is a great alternative to screen printing. The standard Flex print is industrial strength & can stretch almost 3 times its original strength making it idea for work and sport clothing. It is machine washable up to 60 degrees C and is OK to dry clean.
It comes is a great range of colours. Flex Print comes in neons & glitter colours, flock and even glow in the dark. Flock Flex has a velvet feel and look, which gives a great & unique effect on shirts.
Flex Print is even suitable for printing on wet suits.
Laser Heat Print Facts
Laser Heat Print is the most cost effective solution if you require a full colour picture, highly detailed design, photograph or design that cannot be achieved through Screen Printing or Flex Printing. This printing technique allows full picture quality and details to be printed. To make the most of this techniques pictures should be at a minimum of 300 dpi in quality.
For example this process allows you to print your child’s baby photograph or picture of your cute little puppy. All we need is the jpeg or other image file. If you are not skilled with computers let us do the image customisation for you.
Embroidery is an ancient art of decorative needlework in which designs and pictures are created by stitching strands of some material on to a layer of another material. Most embroidery uses thread or wool stitched onto a woven fabric. These days software driven programs and machines do all the hard work of needlework.
Embroidery is great on caps and shirts or other woven fabrics. Due to the use of threads, large complex design cannot be achieved with this process. This decorative stitching is used extensively for badge sized design of emblems or business logos.