Screen printing is a printing technique using different meshes to transfer ink onto a substrate. Except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. The blocking stencil most commonly used is in screen printing is called emulsion. The edge of the squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open screen with ink. A stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This will cause the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the screen printing mesh. The screen springs back after the blade has passed leaving a film of ink. Most importantly a screen print.
Screen printing is a stencil method of print making. Which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine screen printing mesh. With blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee. By wetting the substrate, ink transfers onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. Then as the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate. Widely known as silk-screen, screen printing, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One color is screen printed at a time. So several screens will be used to produce a multicolored screen printed image or design.
There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique. Traditionally the process was called screen printing or silkscreen printing. Originally silk was used in the process prior to the invention of polyester mesh. Currently, synthetic threads are commonly used in the screen printing process. Making the most popular mesh in general use, polyester. Besides that, there are also different types of mesh size. Which will determine the outcome and look of the finished screen printed design on the material. Give us a call for a quote on your next screen printed project.