Screens for screen printing on t-shirts

  1. Properly meshed screens with varying size openings, tightly stretched onto frames are coated with the best emulsion available for efficiency and hard edge lines.
    Holds up for mass quantities of shirts.
  2. The emulsion is photosynthesized for exposure by light and in the case of the in-house exposure unit at Dr. Tee’s Design & Screen Printing, equipped with LED lights for fast exposure.
  3. Once the emulsion dries on the screen under yellow light or with lights out, the transparency film with the printed artwork is taped to the back of the screen in the appropriate location for printing.
  4. Dr. Tee’s Design & Screen Printing is equipped with a manual screen printing press that can accept up to 8 colors/screens. The design is appropriately separated on transparency films for each separate color on separate screens.
  5. The screen is then laid on the glass of the exposure unit with the film being sandwiched between the glass and screen frame. The exposure unit itself has a rubber foam blanket that is sucked down on top of the frame (the exposure unit is equipped with a vacuum unit that provides the suction needed for this operation). The exposure lights are then turned on for a predetermined amount of time to make the exposure.
  6. When exposure is complete the frame is removed and the film taped on to the outside of the screen is taken off. The screen then is taken to the washout sink where the washout procedure starts.
    Spraying the emulsion with water halts the exposure procedure. As the water is continuing to spray it washes out the portion of the design that was blocking the light from exposing the emulsion.
  7. The screen is then placed on a rack to dry.
  8. Since there are a lot of variables due to inks, screen sizes, fabrics, etc, we’ll keep it simple.
    There are pallets that the shirts are loaded on to that are rotated around the press. Each ink color, using a squeegee, is then pushed through each screen one at a time on to the shirt.
  9. Once all colors are applied to each shirt they are then pulled off the pallets and passed through a conveyor style dryer for drying/curing of the ink on the garment. All garments are inspected during the process and fixed or replaced as needed, then the printed shirt is ready to be folded and delivered to the customer.
    CONTACT US at Dr. Tee’s Design & Screen Printing for the most professional appearance of your custom printed garments. (816)745-1570

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