Silkscreen printing or t-shirt screen printing has been around in different forms for over a decade. From the very basic hand printed method to the automated presses, the working principle behind tshirt printing Australia has not changed a bit. A negative image of the artwork will be burned onto a stretched tight mesh between a screen and a frame. The image itself is dense. Ink is poured onto the mesh, by forcing through the holes through a squeegee that is either automated or hand drawn. The dense negative will not in any way pass through it, and so the only print on the t-shirt with be the positive imprint, which was placed beneath the screen on a platen.
You can purchase a typical screen printing setup anywhere from $7000 to $40000. This actually depends on the number of plantens or stations you use and also the complexity of the press in question. A large conveyor heater is required in order to have the t-shirt dried. An exposure unit, on the other hand, a washing station to have the screens clean, and a makeshift dark room.
There is one distinct advantage that t-shirt screen printing has over the other methods available. It is very fast. Between 40 to 90 t-shirts an hour can be produced using a basic 6 color press. In addition, ink costs are also on the minimum. Nonetheless, owing to the fact that it is somewhat time-consuming to set up and also clean the screen, most companies tend to charge the client a one-time setup fee for each color separation. These screens are stored just in case the customer ever need to do a reprinting
Screen printing pros include: it is great for sharp texts and logos, a very clean solid color print, best for mass production and minimizing the cost of printing. Durable for washing and rewashing on many occasions before the design begins to fade. It will also last many more wash cycles than its alternatives such as camping digital printing which is used by large companies that offer “print on demand” services including Café Press
The cons, on the other hand, include: it is not suitable for photographic reproduction except you are willing to settle for a lower grade of the photo image. The various colors are printed separately, so they are separate screens has to be made and stored for every color to be used. Screen printing can also be a very messy business to get your hands into.
With respect to the environment, a t-shirt screen printing industry has cleaned up over the years. Majority of the companies will only use soy-based ‘plastisol’ inks that are environmentally friendly. These are odor free and water soluble. They contain no form of air pollutants solvent or perhaps volatile organic compounds. The transportation, manufacture, use, storage, and disposal of their plastisol ink do not in any way inflict injury, environmental contamination, or illness when they are used responsibly.
If you seem to be very curious about seeing t-shirt screen printing in action then you can do a quick search on YouTube. You will be provided with many demonstrations by lots of experts. Now that you have an idea of your options and the t-shirt printing equipment that you need, it is time that you brainstorm for a very unique design.