Need 25 to 25,000 garments printing? Screen printing is likely to be the most economical and durable print method.
Screen printing is one of the most economical ways to get your designs onto clothing products, such as t-shirts, and ensures a high quality, striking finish. If your design has few colours and you’re looking for something durable, screen printing is likely the best option. Additionally, we can Pantone match our inks to your requirements.
We have a number of different types of inks we use, although as standard we use plastisol inks. As specialists in eco-friendly screen printing, we chose to use plastisol inks as these generate far less waste, and use much less energy than water based inks. However we are able to offer both options, as well as discharge inks and special inks such as foil, puff, glitter, and reflective.
For environmental and ecological reasons we would always recommend plastisol over water-based and special inks.
5 Reasons to Screen Print
1. Extremely low cost for large print runs.
2. Rapid turnaround, ideal for tight deadlines, or big orders.
3. Highest quality, with all of our printing & finishing undertaken here in the UK.
4. Pantone matching available.
5. Eco friendly inks.
Not sure if screen printing is right for you, or need some support? Get in touch with one of our experts.
Not sure if we're right for you? Take a look at some of our recent customers and what they had to say here.
You can also find out more on what makes us a little bit better than your average screen printer here.
How Screen Printing Works
Screens are made by putting a chemical emulsion on a mesh surface. Vector artwork is taken from Adobe Illustrator or Freehand and printed out on a film type paper or vellum. The screen is then exposed on a light table with the artwork under it. The light solidifies the chemicals around the design, and where the light failed to pass through, the chemical breaks down. The screen is then rinsed out and what is left is the area where the light hit.
The product is placed on a platen and multiple screens are used to build up the colours of the print. Once a screen is placed on a product, a squeegee is then pulled over that screen's ink colour which pushes the ink onto the products fabric. That screen is then lifted, carefully off of the product. The platen with the product is then moved under a flash unit where it dries. Upon curing, the shirt platen is brought back and the next colour screen is swung over the top of it.
When screen printing, one colour at a time is applied and therefore the cost will increase with each additional colour applied. This can be less cost effective in smaller volumes.
Behind the scenes
You can get a behind the scenes look at all of our market leading print technology in the video below.