Revolutionary Riso QS200 Designed for the Professional Printer

Looking to get from artwork to print in under 5 minutes

Want to ditch messy emulsions

Fed up with getting exposures wrong

Need super fast turn round for an event, a winners t-shirt before they leave the podium.

 

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Revolutionary Riso QS200 – typical screen burn times range from 2 – 3 minutes. With no need for chemicals / emulsions or exposure equipment but with excellent registration. Works just like a typical printer. Can create screens up to A2 in size.

Get the perfect screen every time.

No more worries about subdued lightening

Works just like a printer

Super cost effective.

Designed for professional commerical printers or for environments where you need a fast turn around of screens. The QS200 creates screens up to A2 in size with extremely accurate registration allowing for multi colour jobs suitable for both manual and automatic presses.RISO Digital Screen Makers 1

It is extremely fast with screens being created within 3 minutes (A4 size artwork 2 minutes), the QS200 connects directly to your PC or MAC and acts as a conventional printer.  You separate your artwork as per normal however instead of printing the film positive. you print directly to the screen. When completed (normally within 3 minutes)  you are ready to register the screen and start printing giving a huge productivity boost.  No need for emulsion, exposure units and of course no pin holes, no screen filling, no stencil breakdown, and no need for screen reclaiming or restretching.

The biggest revolution in screen printing since polymer screens.

With the QS200 you save time, space but also money as you can do without emulsions, degreasers, exposure units, drying cabinets and copious amounts of brown tape. Imagine the savings!
The QS200 uses a special mesh which is coated with a special heat-sensitive polymer. There are 4 different mesh counts ranging from 32T to 90T so you can use a variety of inks including solvent, Plastisol and water-based.

RISO Digital Screen Makers 2You can either use frames which you can stretch yourself (takes approx 5 minutes, but gives a high tensioned screen) or alternatively you can use conventional frames (up to 50mm profile) or Newman roller screens and stretch the polymer film to the required tension. The film is not re-usable and when you have finished printing you can dispose of it.

For full details contact us now!

You will wonder how you ever did without it.

 

 

Screen Printing Film and Paper

Print your plastisol prints onto this transfer paper in mirror image, then heat press onto your garment.

Printing white ink plastisol transfers?  Try our Union Diamond White plastisol ink, or our mixotrans white plastisol ink (for use with hot-peel transfer paper)  on heat transfers for maximum opacity when transferring onto dark garments. Please see listing on website under ‘union plastisol inks‘ for more details on useage.

Recommended for use with our transfer adhesive powder (sold separately), which is used to improve the adhesion of plastisol heat transfers onto nylon, polyester and other synthetic garments including those with waterproof coatings.

 

Screen Printing Exposure Units and Digital Screen Makers

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What are your options for the most important part of the screen printing process, creating the the screen itself.

  • This can be done the traditional way by coating the screen with emulsion, exposing the artwork and hardening the exposed emulsion. This does require a certain degree of skill but practise does make perfect.
  • The newer options are equipment such as Digital Screen Makers that creates the screen, an expensive piece of kit but worth it for the busy printer.
  • Lastly we can do it for you with our ‘Art to Screen’ service

Wicked Printing Stuff have a comprehensive screen creation range :-

  • exposure units
  • digital screen makers
  • accessories
  • kits

which are used for transferring your artwork onto your screen. Alternatively try our  ‘Art to Screen’ service where we do all the hard work for you.

We sell a range of ‘all in one’  self contained exposure units suitable for mid to large sized screen printing shops.  The Actinic and WPS Mini Exposure units ideal for educational and medium sized screen printing businesses (typical exposure times 120 – 180 seconds) and the heavy duty units ideal for busy print studios and larger screen printing businesses where large numbers of exposures required per day (typical exposure times 30 – 90 seconds)

 Digital Screen Makers, allowing you to transfer the artwork directly to the screen without the need for emulsion, exposure units, washout equipment and film positives.  Great for increasing productivity and screen turnaround times.

  • Goccopro 100 – Ideal for small printers requiring quick production of screens
  • QS200 – Ideal for professional screen printers with both manual and automatic presses – creates screens up to A2 in size. Click here to see our QS200 promotional video.

For beginners, smaller businesses and home printers we manufacture the Wicked Exposure Unit , very cost effective. Additional foam base sizes can be purchased as extras for other sized screens if you require.  Check out our screen printing tutorial (Step 4 –  7mins 10 seconds if you want to skip to the relevant section)  which shows how you use the Wicked Exposure Unit to transfer your artwork to the screen.

We have put together a number of screen exposing kits that include everything you need to get started at an affordable price.

I think we would all agree that creating a screen is the most complicated and frustrating part of the screen printing process. Getting the exposure right, choosing the right emulsion, drying properly, pin holes, under exposure there are so many areas where you can make an error and your screen is useless.

There are some great machines around that will take artwork from a computer and produce a screen but these are way too expensive for the hobbyist or small printer. So what do you do?

Use the Wicked Printing Stuff ‘art to screen’ exposure service. That is right you need never emulsion another screen. We do these all the time, designers send us their artwork and we send back the perfect screen so you can get printing straight away. So, whether you are new to printing, lack access to the equipment or simply don’t have the time, this service is ideal for you and means that you never have to turn down a job because of the complexity of exposing your screen.

The service can be used on newly purchased or previously used screens that need to be reclaimed and/ or restretched. Read the attached guide that gives you further details.

Do please look at all our blog posts on screen creation by using the tag ‘Creating a screen’

Tips for great Film Positives

A decent film positive is an essential part of achieving a great stencil as part of the exposure process.  A simple test is to hold your film positives up to the light … if the light can be seen through the artwork then the positive is not dark enough – we do not want the light getting through the artwork when exposing.

So some tips…

Double up on your film – print out 2 copies then cut the corners off one of the films, line them up and stick together with invisible tape. Make sure that the film positive is nice and tight against the screen when exposing especially if your exposure unit does not have a vacuum.

Use decent film positive paper, inkjet film is coated to ensure that ink completely adheres to the paper which in turn makes the artwork darker.

Get yourself an Epson – they seem to be the best at putting down more black than many other brands. The Epson 1500W is rather good – use the blacquer ink system which is designed purely for making film positives – it’s very cost effective and does the job.

Epson

If you are using a laser printer then buy an Epson 1500W (sorry showing a bit of a personal preference there) but seriously if you are using a laser then you can use a toner density spray which makes the artwork darker. The old technique was to paint oil (vegetable most popular or white spirit) over the artwork – but rather unpleasant!

Toner Density

Wicked Printing Stuff choose Unico Ecological Discharge Ink Range

Unico Discharge D inks, designed for printing on to dark cotton fabrics. Discharge inks They give a very soft feel as the print blends in with the fabric, get some great effects. The ink removes the dye of the cotton fibre during the curing process with the help of an activator and replaces it with the colour from the ink resulting in a very soft feel, fantastic for dark coloured garments.Take a look at our blog article which helps explain how discharge inks work https://wickedprintingstuff.wordpress.com/tag/discharge-inks/The ink has been developed to meet the most recent ecological requirements.When printing with Discharge Inks always ensure that your studio / workshop is adequately ventilated. Please note colour images are indicative only and not for colour matching.

via Unico Ecological Discharge Ink Range.

Glow in the Dark

Some ideas for home schooling. Originally designed with Halloween in mind but they could be adapted.

Create some great designs with our Glow in the Dark ink.  With Halloween coming up, a great addition to your product line can be made using this ‘scary’ ink.  Skeletons, witches on brooms, pumpkins, all sorts of themed designs can be enhanced with this great ink. Please send pictures of any unusual creative ideas and we will blog them 🙂
Glow In The Dark - Green

Glow in the Dark – Green: Glow in the dark green ink is a high quality ink that radiates a bright lite-green colour in darkness. For best results this ink needs to be printed over a white coloured base. Heavier ink deposits will result in increased brightness and a longer “after-life.” Best printed through a 32T or lower mesh count. In daylight or artificial light conditions, this ink will have a pale off-white hue. The ‘glow’ is not noticable under natural light, but the glow particles in the ink charge up in daylight or under fluorescent lighting to produce a strong glow in the dark.

Alcohol Hand Gel

https://www.wickedprintingstuff.com/wps_hand_gel_70_alcohol_P2892.html

WPS Hand Gel – Hands should be relatively clean and free from organic soiling before application. Apply to hands, rubbing it onto skin and taking particular care around nail areas and between the fingers. Allow the liquid to evaporate naturally from the skin. Do not wipe dry.

Please note that this product has not been registered under BPR.

It does however contain the recommended ratio of alcohol to water for hand sanitising as recommended by Public Health England, March 2020.

Available in 500ml (Price Shown) or 1 Litre Quantities.

Which dryer is suitable for my carousel and inks?

Which dryer is suitable for my business?

It you have an automatic carousel printing water based inks then a small dryer is obviously not suitable but which dryer is the right one. This chart will guide you.

At Wicked Printing Stuff  we manufacture our own Panther dryers and these can be standard models or very client specific. For example a dryer suitable for DTG (Direct to Garment) printing needs a much longer tunnel. Our prices are very competitive because you are buying direct, ask us for a quote and be surprised.

Choosing a dryer

You can watch our dryers being made in this fun video.