So, we’re looking at some more print techniques in this post – printing techniques phase two, which follows on from phase one as promised! This should give you some more insight into the print techniques that are available, and the best products and garments for these to be executed on. Remember though, whilst some print techniques cannot be carried out on certain materials, it is also down to taste! So if you are feeling a little spoilt for choice and struggling to decide which one you would prefer, get in touch and we will give you the best advice we can, in order to help you decide which print technique is best for you!
Mug Printing/Ceramic Transfer:
The print technique used for mugs involves using a special paper. The paper has been edited by the silkscreen technique, and is then pasted on to the product and placed into an oven. Yes – an oven! The heating process from the oven transfers the ink to the mug, et voila! You have a pretty neat printed mug.
Let’s go through the process. A flexible rubber plate is wrapped around a cylinder for speed and control. As the substrate moves under the printing plate, it is pressed against the printing plate by another roller, and the ink is transferred onto the substrate. A separate plate is needed for each individual colour. This printing technique is often used for printing carrier bags and paper products, although not so much these days.
Printers cannot print right to the edge of a sheet – which can sometimes destroy people’s visions of what they want to create. No fear – just because printers can’t get the job done, doesn’t mean it is impossible! To create the effect, the printer must use a sheet which is larger than document size. Then the printer prints beyond the edge of the document size (usually 3mm per side), then cuts the sheet down to the document size. This print technique is great for bags that need an edge-to-edge design.
This print technique is one that makes it possible to cure plastisol ink while the garment is still on the press. Flash cure technology has played a key role in the advancement of nylon, dark-garment, multicolour and many other types of textile screen printing.
Remember, these are just a few techniques to give you a brief idea of what is out there in the printing world. There are many other print techniques out there that are available, to suit all of your printing needs! If you need any more information or have any enquiries, use the contact section to get in touch.
March 21, 2017
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