The GOCCOPRO 100 is a digital screen maker that will take single or multi-coloured artwork and digitally turn it into a stencil ready to attach to your frame for screen printing. It’s ideal if you need rapid turn around times because you no longer need to coat, dry and expose your artwork before printing. You will not only save time but also money as you can do without emulsions, degreasers, exposure units, drying cabinets and copious amounts of tape.
You create artwork (and separate if multi colour) as normal, send the artwork directly to the GOCCOPRO which then creates the stencil, when completed you take the stencil and attach it to the frame. You are now ready to register the frame on the press and print.
The GOCCOPRO 100 uses a special mesh which is coated with a special heat-sensitive polymer. There are 4 different mesh counts ranging from 32T to 77T so you can use a variety of inks including solvent, Plastisol and water-based. The mesh is not re-usable and when you have finished printing you dispose of it. The GOCCOPRO 100 also uses a type of custom frame so you won’t be able to use your existing frames.
The special frames for the GOCCOPRO come in different thicknesses and sizes and which type you choose will depend on the job and volume you are printing. The maximum print size is 300mm x 800mm. Depending on which frame you choose you will be able to print batches which range from 1 to several thousand prints.
Merritt creates her card confections using a unique Print Gocco machine from Japan, which stamps her images using multiple shades—different from traditional screen printing, and responsible for the kaleidoscope of color in her designs.
via Colorful greeting-card creations from Beachcake.
Print Gocco is a Japanese color screenprinting system developed in 1977 by Noboru Hayama. Resembling a toy, the compact and completely self-contained printer is clean, quick and easy to use. The system works using flash bulbs, a carbon-based image or photocopy and an emulsion-coated screen. When the bulbs are manually flashed, the carbon in the drawing or photocopy burns the screen into a stencil. Several colors of Ink can then be applied at one time and multiples can be stamped out, as many as 100 before re-inking is needed. Fans of Print Gocco appreciate its size, cleanliness, relatively inexpensive cost, and the fact that several colors can be printed in one “pass.”
1977: The japanese company Riso introduces the first Print Gocco in Japan, marketing it as a great way to make your own personalized New Year’s greeting cards. Explosive domestic sales and popularity ensue.
1978: Riso first launches a larger Print Gocco card-making model.
1980′s: Sales of Print Gocco systems continue to soar in Japan.
1990′s: Sales of Print Gocco decline in the Japanese market as personalized greeting cards can easily be made with home computers and printers. Meanwhile, Gocco’s introduction to foreign markets begins.
2005: Riso ceases production on Print Gocco.
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