Industrial screen printing
Publicado: 11 de October de 2023
Actualizado: 11 de October de 2023
Industrial screen printing can be digital or conventional and both are a popular personalisation technique that allows us to print images or text on any material.
Industrial screen printing solutions
It is, in fact, a solvent solution to work on corporate communication by means of pictograms or concepts, avoiding texts and making communication with the machine more intuitive.
At Engishare we consider both technologies to be complementary, so we choose the most suitable one according to the project and we even opt for a combination if this is the best option.
Conventional screen printing
This is one of the oldest printing techniques and consists of several steps that begin with the selection of a design to be printed on a photolitho.
Once the photolitho has been printed, it is then transferred to a fabric mesh stretched over a frame, the screen, by means of insolation.
With the insolation, some pores are left open in the mesh, through which the ink will pass, and others closed, through which it will not. The stencil is then placed on the material and the ink is transferred in a single colour and then dragged over the stencil with a squeegee.
The advantage of this technology is that it allows us to print on any surface with very sharp and durable results. It is also more economical for long print runs.
The disadvantage is that the price varies according to the number of colours to be printed and any modification involves a change of tooling.
Digital screen printing
This is a modern technique designed to print directly onto the surface using inkjet technology.
Screen printing printers
In order to be able to print digitally, printers have been developed that are equipped with special inks that apply them directly without the need for any preliminary steps or tooling.
The advantage is that this makes it possible to work on different surfaces and materials without losing quality, so it is a more economical option for small series, as the number of colours does not have such an impact on the price because it is a direct print.
The disadvantage is that the colours are not as sharp and the definition of the contours is not as fine in some types of iconography.