Dryer

Screen printing, aka silk screening is an efficient way to make multiple copies of a design on garments quickly, accurately, and with lots of detail. Since its development in 960AD in China, it has become the most effective way to decorate garments worldwide.

Film

Artwork is where it always begins, by hand or with a computer. It needs to be reproduced onto clear film. There, it is vacuum sealed to a screen (not entirely unlike a screen door) that is coated with a photosensitive salve. A bright light is shot at the artwork and screen for a few seconds which cures the photosensitive material where the film is clear. The artwork protects the unexposed salve and allows it to wash away with water.

Squeegee

Each screen constitutes a color in the design and is set up on an automatic press. Each color must be aligned exactly to each other to complete the design. Corresponding ink is applied to each screen, and shirts are loaded, by hand, to tacky pallets. A squeegee pushes the ink through the screen and onto the shirt. An accomplished screen printing operator can load over 850 shirts per hour.

Loading Shirt

As the shirts finish the printing process, they are removed from the pallets and loaded onto a conveyor belt into a dryer that cures the ink onto the shirt. The shirts are either stacked up again to print another location or boxed up and prepared for shipping.

Screen on press

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to answer them.

Dan "The T-Shirt" Man.