While we print upwards of 40,000 individual garments each and every week, just how does screen printing work? Screen printing is the process by which a design is applied to a garment, providing the highest quality, long lasting application possible. If you have a t-shirt that has your favourite design on, the odds are that the design was applied to the garment through the screen printing process.
Here at Workwear Express we have two M&R Sportsman screen printing machines, one holding 8 colours and the other 12. This means that when a garment is printed with a design, that design can be made up of 12 unique colours. Each colour within a design must be separated on to their own screens or else the colours will mix during the process. This means that even if your design is made up of different shades of a particular colour, each individual shade must be on it's own screen.
Each screen then uses ink blocking material to break your design down into the individual section to which the colour will be applied. This ensures that a particular colour will only be applied to the correct section of the design, ensuring that exacting standard of design you require. Once the logo has been set up correctly on to each screen, the garments you wish to be printed are then placed onto the screen printing machine and move through each screen. Once a garment arrives under a screen, a blade moves across the screen, pressing the colour through the mesh and applying that particular section of the design to the garment. This process is repeated through each screen until the entire design has been applied.
Take a look at two of the videos below to see the screen printing machines in action as we create a range of printed t-shirts for well-known department store chain John Lewis and one of the leading food brands, Dunkin Donuts.
For more information on screen printing and the whole host of other logo application processes we offer to help you personalise your garments, visit: http://www.workwearexpress.com/logo-application-i24