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* Dedicated Computer with Adobe software
* Dedicated Computer with Adobe software
* Etching Press
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== Materials ==
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=== Squeegees ===
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These come in a variety of widths and hardnesses for different applications. They are usually color coded as:
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<span style="color:red">Red – Soft</span>
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<span style="color:yellow">Yellow – Medium</span>
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<span style="color:green">Green – Hard</span>
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The thickness of your ink, and the mesh count of your screen can impact your choice of squeegee, but for most T-shirt or paper printing applications a Medium squeegee is the best bet.
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=== Scoop Coaters ===
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These are used to transfer emulsion to your screen. They also come in various widths to match the size of your artwork or screen.
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You should always fill the scoop coater at least half way, even when coating a single screen, to make sure it flows fast and can evenly coat your screen. Excess emulsion can be returned to the emulsion container when done.
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'''Make sure to close the emulsion container between uses, as this helps prevent unwanted exposure and evaporation'''
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=== Screens (Mesh) ===
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Mesh Count is determined by the number of threads per square inch. The higher the number, the greater the detail.
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A 160 mesh, has twice as many openings between the threads as an 80 mesh, and they are half the size. It is similar in concept to pixelation. Low mesh numbers have fewer and larger openings, and higher mesh numbers have more tiny openings.
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=== Ink (Acrylic / Fabric) ===
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The shop is set up to work with water-base inks. Speedball inks are most common, but you are welcome to use other water-base inks.
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Acrylic ink is used for paper, wood, cardboard.
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Fabric ink is primarily used for T-Shirts, canvas, etc., but can also be used for wood and paper, however, it takes longer to dry on those applications than acrylic ink does.
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=== Strip-e-doo ===
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This is a reclaimer / degreaser combo agent. It is used to clean the emulsion off a screen and prepare it to be used again for a new design.
== Classes ==
== Classes ==

Revision as of 13:01, 3 June 2015





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Screenprinting



General Info
Shop Colors
Shop RulesMissing
Managed ByErik Heumiller
HoursSame as membership hours
Operational Status of Tools
Tool Maintenence Tickets



Contents

About the Print Shop

The print shop provides tools and space for screenprinting. It is set up primarily to print on paper and fabric, but can accommodate printing on various other materials with preparation.

The print shop is located next to the multipurpose room.


Reserving the Print Shop

If you are planning to come in and print, it is recommended that you schedule blocks of time using the reservation system [help]. The print shop can accommodate 2-3 people printing at the same time. Please check the print shop calendar before beginning a print project to ensure that the space can accommodate you.

If there is a class scheduled the print shop is not available for anyone else to print until after the class is over, as the class requires full use of the space.

Take note that we only have two each of paper and shirt printing stations, so the 2-3 people printing will have to be some combination of these.


Please reserve only the time you need, and label your reservation as follows: FIRSTNAME-Material

An example would be:

  • JOHN-Fabric

or

  • NANCY-Paper


This is to help identify what area of the print shop you will be working in so others can evaluate whether they can also work in the space without interfering with your project.


Equipment

  • 4 Color / 1 Station Press
  • 1 Color / 1 Station Press
  • (x2) Paper Printing Stations (hinge clamps)
  • Flash Dryer - 1500 Watt
  • Heat Press
  • Exposure Lamp - 250 Watt (Metal Halide bulb)
  • Dedicated Sink
  • Washout Booth (with backlight)
  • Power Washer
  • Squeegees (various size / durometer)
  • Scoop Coats (various size)
  • HP Deskjet 9800 Inkjet Printer (13” x 19” max print size)


There are also spaces to store screens:

  • While the emulsion is drying (light safe)
  • To dry after washing in sink
  • For use at a later date (please use tape to label with your name / email)

Coming Soon:

  • Flatbed Scanner - 11” x 17”
  • Dedicated Computer with Adobe software
  • Etching Press

Materials

Squeegees

These come in a variety of widths and hardnesses for different applications. They are usually color coded as:

Red – Soft

Yellow – Medium

Green – Hard

The thickness of your ink, and the mesh count of your screen can impact your choice of squeegee, but for most T-shirt or paper printing applications a Medium squeegee is the best bet.

Scoop Coaters

These are used to transfer emulsion to your screen. They also come in various widths to match the size of your artwork or screen.

You should always fill the scoop coater at least half way, even when coating a single screen, to make sure it flows fast and can evenly coat your screen. Excess emulsion can be returned to the emulsion container when done.

Make sure to close the emulsion container between uses, as this helps prevent unwanted exposure and evaporation

Screens (Mesh)

Mesh Count is determined by the number of threads per square inch. The higher the number, the greater the detail.

A 160 mesh, has twice as many openings between the threads as an 80 mesh, and they are half the size. It is similar in concept to pixelation. Low mesh numbers have fewer and larger openings, and higher mesh numbers have more tiny openings.

Ink (Acrylic / Fabric)

The shop is set up to work with water-base inks. Speedball inks are most common, but you are welcome to use other water-base inks.

Acrylic ink is used for paper, wood, cardboard.

Fabric ink is primarily used for T-Shirts, canvas, etc., but can also be used for wood and paper, however, it takes longer to dry on those applications than acrylic ink does.

Strip-e-doo

This is a reclaimer / degreaser combo agent. It is used to clean the emulsion off a screen and prepare it to be used again for a new design.

Classes

Single-Color Screen Printing: One Day Introduction

This one day workshop is 5 hours long and runs on Saturdays usually once or twice a month. It covers everything you need to know to begin printing on your own. This includes art preparation, screen selection, emulsion and exposure, registration, ink selection and printing techniques. Students will print their own designs in class on the material of their choice. PreReq: None

4-Color Process Printing

Coming soon.

Print Your Own Greeting Cards

Coming soon.


Private lessons and corporate group events are available and led by Erik Heumiller. Contact at erik.heumiller@gmail.com.


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