Squeegees, printing for the long run

From the FESPA website

Squeegee wear will have an effect on the quality of the screen-printed product as well as the ink usage. There are cost implications from replacement of squeegees, increased ink consumption and rejection of printed product. This article details the development of a controlled accelerated wear procedure for squeegees and accurate measurement of wear using a microscope and image analysis techniques.

via Unitex Squeegees, printing for the long run.

Which entry-level flatbed printer is best for your business?

Nessan Cleary explores the wide choice of entry-level flatbed digital printers, with moving heads, high quality and varied prices.

Hybrids generally offer better flexibility when printing to roll-fed media, though many of the flatbeds offer an optional roll feeder so the choice largely depends on the sort of work that you think you’ll have to handle.

Prices vary hugely at this level, from €70,000 to €150,000, as does productivity. That said, few of these machines are really fast enough to compete on price against the bigger flatbeds so the ability to handle a wide range of different substrates is important.

via Which entry-level flatbed printer is best for your business?.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update

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Screen-printing books by hand is more than a nostalgic occupation

Ruth Hallinan: ‘Every page in the book is a unique print.’Screen-printing books by hand could be seen as a nostalgic occupation. This intimate method of production requires a lot of time, personal commitment and care. In July last year I began screen-printing an anthology of poetry, prose and illustration after choosing work from 15 extremely talented writers, poets and illustrators.Some of the contributors who entrusted me with their work are already established in their fields, such as illustrator Fuchsia MacAree and poet Geraldine Mitchell. Others are just starting out. All of them were interested in committing their work to this hand-printed, hand-bound format.For many authors or artists, it’s an appealing idea: artwork is carefully pressed onto each page, hundreds of times, using a process that requires meticulous attention to detail. The printer must love the work as much as the person who first created it.

via Screen-printing books by hand is more than a nostalgic occupation.

New silver ink allows screen printing of circuits without thermal curing

JAPAN-based Tanaka Holdings says it has developed a silver paste that allows circuits to be screen-printed and cured with ultraviolet light only.The UV700-SR1J does not require thermal curing to form conductive electronic circuits. According to Tanaka Holdings, the circuit can be screen printed on a base material using its silver paste, then cured by exposing it to UV light for around 10 seconds, which instantly hardens the printed film even at room temperature.

via New silver ink allows screen printing of circuits without thermal curing.

Exhibition of screen printed posters dated from 1975 – 1990

Exhibition of Paddington Printshop Posters

14th February @ 6:30 pm30th April @ 5:30 pm

John Phillips is an artist, photographer and printmaker. In 1974 he co-founded Paddington Printshop, a community arts resource creating posters with and for the extraordinary community that lived locally.

Paddington Printshop became a model for community based printshops across the UK and John became a leading figure in the Community Arts Movement, and a pioneer of socially engaged art practice in the UK.

Exhibition of screen printed posters dated from 1975 – 1990

Wednesday 14th February 2018 – end of April

It is not just t-shirts – industrial applications of screen printing

Screen printing has industrial and manufacturing uses too.  Printed circuits are just one application.

PCB007 Basic Principles of Polymer Thick Film Flexible Circuits

Traditional screen printing methods are typically limited to the production of relatively course features e.g., 250 µm. However, very fine-featured screen printed circuit technology has been reported down to ranges closer to 125 µm. For the foreseeable future, screen printing will remain an important technology for the manufacture of PTF circuits, both rigid and flexible.

via PCB007 Basic Principles of Polymer Thick Film Flexible Circuits.