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.

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?.

Eduardo Paolozzi – Sculptor,Artist – Biography #tbt

Eduardo Paolozzi

Paolozzi spent much of the 1970s working on abstract art, including screen printing and reliefs. His color schemes were largely monochromatic during this time—a major departure from his previous, colorful work. One formidable product of this stage in Paolozzi’s career was a commission of panels for the ceiling of Cleish Castle in Kinross-shire, Scotland.

via Eduardo Paolozzi – Sculptor,Artist – Biography – Facts, Birthday, Life Story –

Screen Printed Labels = Luxury and Exclusivity

Heard on the radio, the celebrations in Singapore for the 50 anniversary are producing a special Johnnie Walker Blue label whisky. It is interesting that screen printed labels are being used. It seems to give the bottles a special cache. Apparently this is quite common for exclusive gifts. Here is an example.  “Using brushed titanium and matte silver screen print, natural shagreen leather and Australian lacewood, “

Counterfeit t-shirts, illegal use of trademarks, infringing copyright

Forgery: Among the musicians to have their logos used illegally were rock bands Nirvana and Motorhead, pop acts Justin Bieber and One Direction, and fashion label Obey (pictured)

Stephen Amblet, defending Joanne Geddes, who used to work in a bank, said that the pair had been naive.  He added: ‘This business pays tax and is registered for VAT.  ‘The problem is that she did not know she was doing anything wrong or she would have checked.’

Before we start, a huge important point, I am not a lawyer. My knowledge of law is limited to watching reruns of Rumpold of the Bailey. If you want legal advice please, please, please go to a lawyer. OK now let’s carry on.

The problem

One of the big things to remember in life is that in the eyes of the law ignorance is no defence.  As the defendants in this story found out, being naive and not knowing anything is wrong won’t stop the law coming after you. Holders of these copyrights/trademarks will often go after the smallest infringement because if they don’t they are seen not to be protecting their copyright. So even just one t-short could get you in big, big trouble. If it comes to a legal battle between you and Nike I suspect they might just have more money for legal fees than you do.

If you or a client of yours want to print a trademarked logo on a T-shirt then you must get permission from the holder of that trademark. If your client asks you to print a batch of garments with a trademarked logo because they are sponsoring an event and says he can’t get anyone to print it, there is a reason. Most reputable T-shirt companies will insist that you prove permission to use logos before printing them for you.  It is up to the client to get the sponsor to give written permission

Just to scare you a bit more have a look at this long list of cases Please don’t add your name to this list.

Of course there are more unscrupulous printers like these people

Detective Sergeant Kevin Kirton, who led the investigation, said: ‘Today’s operation has shown once again that PIPCU will come down hard on anyone we suspect of being involved in the production and distribution of digital or hard counterfeit goods. It is vitally important for businesses that they can trade in the UK in a market place that is a fair and level playing field for all.

What you should do?

However there is some good news, should you find something that goes viral in popular culture which NOT trademarked then you can use it  An example would be the ‘Je suis Charlie’ slogan. So how do you check.

Look for an identifying mark or name on the logo in question. If an image or design for a logo is copyrighted but not trademarked, it may contain a phrase that contains the word “copyright” followed by the year of copyright and the name of the copyright holder. It may also include a copyright symbol — © — and the date of copyright followed by the name of the copyright holder.

Look for the registered trademark ® symbol to determine whether a logo is trademarked. While the images used in a logo may be copyrighted by an artist, most companies register a logo as a trademark rather than a copyright. In most instances, you will be looking for trademark ownership and not copyright, as is the case with McDonald’s and the golden arch logo. The name of the company that owns the trademark for a logo will be included with the registered trademark symbol.

Then you have find the owner and get permission if you want to use that image. Good luck with that!

There is a very good essay on Wikipedia about the entire issue as it relates to Wikipedia which although not screen printing related includes a very comprehensive description of of trademark v copyright.

Copyright versus trademark

Ownership interests in an image come in a variety of legal forms, the two most basic of which are copyright and trademark rights. When people speak of “owning” an image, they most often mean that they own the copyright. Generally speaking, copyright protection is pretty broad, and it prohibits sale, use, manipulation, or even copying of someone else’s work (hence the name). Copyright standards differ from country to country.[1] For purposes of Wikipedia, U.S. copyright law governs (although Wikipedia attempts to respect all foreign copyright laws where possible; see WP:Copyright). Any created image, whether it is a picture, a logo, or an artistic design can be subject to a copyright. Although there are Administrative ways to formally register a copyright (in the United States, this is done with the Library of Congress), copyright protection does not require this, and creative works are granted copyright protection from the time they are created.

Trademark rights are different, although related. Generally speaking, a trademark is an image or logo[2] that identifies a business, product line, school, or some other venture. Normally trademarks apply to logos that identify the venture, rather than artistic works such as pictures. Although third parties can still use a trademarked image, the way they can use the image is restricted by trademark law. Most basically, if a logo is used to identify a business/organization/product, then you are not allowed to use that logo to identify or refer to another business/organization/product.