At Jet Sport, we offer screen printing, also known as silkscreen printing or serigraphy, as a reliable and cost-effective branding option for products and organizations.
Screen printing is known for its excellent stretchiness and durability, making it a great choice for logos and other designs that need to withstand wear and tear. One of the biggest advantages of screen printing is its affordability on large orders. If you're looking to produce a large quantity of branded items, screen printing is a cost-effective choice that will still deliver high-quality results.
Whether you're looking to promote your business, create custom gifts, or just want to add a personal touch to your wardrobe, screen printing is a versatile and reliable option that can bring your vision to life. Contact us to learn more about our screen printing services and how we can help you with your needs.
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Screen printing, also known as silkscreen printing or serigraphy, is a time-honored technique that has been used for centuries to create beautiful and durable designs on textiles. The exact origins of screen printing are not known, but it is believed to have originated in China's Zhou dynasty around 2-3,000 years ago and is known to have been used in Europe and Asia from the 17th century onward.
In the modern age, screen printing experienced a surge in popularity in the 1960s when artist Andy Warhol published a portfolio of screen-printed flowers and displayed them in his popular Leo Castelli gallery. It quickly became the preferred method for t-shirt embellishment and remains a popular choice today for a wide range of textile printing applications.
At Jet Sport, we specialize in screen printing and are dedicated to delivering high-quality results that meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Contact us to learn more about our screen printing services and how we can help you bring your vision to life.
Screen printing involves pressing ink through a fine mesh screen onto a substrate, such as a textile. The screen is stretched across a frame, which can be made of wood or metal. A stencil, or screen, with the desired design or motif is attached to the frame and ink is spread evenly across the screen using a squeegee. The ink is then pressed through the mesh and onto the substrate, creating a printed outline of the design. This process allows for precise control over the placement and intensity of the ink, resulting in high-quality prints.
Screen printing is known for producing durable and stretchy prints on textiles. This is because the ink is pressed into the fabric, becoming a part of it rather than sitting on top. This means that the durability and stretchiness of the fabric is not altered by the printing process. This makes screen printing a popular choice for applications where prints need to be particularly durable, such as in the food industry where hygiene is a concern. Because the prints will not disintegrate or peel off over time, screen printing is a reliable and long-lasting printing method.
Screen printing is not well-suited for printing small, detailed elements such as gradients, or gradual transitions between colors. This means that it may not be the best choice for printing naturalistic or realistic images, such as human faces. In these cases, we recommend using a digital transfer method, which is better able to handle gradients. On the other hand, screen printing is excellent for printing simpler, graphical elements that do not require a lot of detail. Because creating screens for these types of designs is relatively quick and easy, screen printing can be a cost-effective option for producing large quantities of these types of prints.
The weight of a screen printed design depends on the number of colors used in the print. More colors will result in a heavier print. It is worth noting that screen printing is generally thinner and lighter than transfer printing, where the ink is deposited on the surface rather than absorbed into the fabric. This makes screen printing a good option for creating lightweight, comfortable garments or other textiles with multiple colors.
Screen printing is not always as opaque as transfer printing. The opacity of a screen print can be affected by the fibers of the material being printed on and how they react to the printing process. In some cases, the fibers may lift slightly during printing, resulting in a less clear print. At Jet Sport, we carefully evaluate each print on a case by case basis to ensure that the final result meets our high standards for quality and clarity.
When the substrate, or base material being printed on, is changed between prints, there may be slight differences in the final product. However, if the substrate remains unchanged, the screen print process can produce consistent results suitable for a wide range of applications.
The screen print is typically made with plastisol, which is a type of ink that is known for its durability and versatility. However, it is also possible to use water-based ink for screen printing upon request. While plastisol is generally more cost-effective, water-based ink is considered a more sustainable option. One of the key limitations of screen printing is that each color must be applied separately, which means that it is generally more suitable for designs with fewer colors. At Jet Sport, we offer screen printing services for designs with up to eight colors. For designs with more colors, we may recommend using another printing method.