Let’s dissect two most popular shirt printing methods to kick start your own t-shirt line.
The design is transferred onto a fine mesh screen to create a stencil. As the fill blade or squeegee is pulled, ink is pushed through the stenciled mesh and onto the fabric. One color is applied at a time. Each new layer requires a new screen and stencil. It's best for simple designs, one-color, and for printing same design on a volume of shirts.
• Shirt fabric
Anything can be screen printed. It all lies with choosing the right ink for the type of fabric to be printed on.
UV printing continues to be an expanding market in all levels of industrial printing, as well as in signs and graphics. And there's good reason for that expansion, experts say.
“The overwhelming value of UV printing, particularly in a flatbed format, is tremendous when compared to the overhead and material cost of cutting vinyl and weeding away the waste or transferring an aqueous print to an overlaminate, then applying the item to a board [and] trimming it out,”business development and research with EraSmart, in China. “Additionally, the space required to operate a UV printer is a fraction [of] the space requirement for the manual prep and finishing of boards.”
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