Silk-screen printing is a special technique widely used in the industry. It consists of using a polyester fabric matrix to reproduce lettering or graphics. It can be done by hand, with special frames, or with automatic machines, depending on the work to be done and the number of products/prints to be reproduced. The silk-screen printing technique allows the deposit of a considerable thickness of opaque ink on any geometric surface evenly, even on very different materials, with characteristics of excellent colour permanence and durability.
It is used for advertising printing on:
It is widely used in the industrial field for making:
- control panels
- aluminium nameplates
- customization of industrial machines
The choice of the type of ink to use depends on the substrate you intend to print on. Vinyl inks are the most common ones and are ideal for printing on paper, cardboard, wood, PVC or plastics in general.
In UV silk-screen printing, drying takes place inside ovens. However, if solvent inks are used, the solidification of the colour is natural by evaporation of the solvent.
The silk-screen technique allows exact reproduction of PANTONE colours (spot colors) and requires one plate per colour.
On the other hand, in four-colour silk-screen printing, only 4 plates can be used and it allows for all colours and shades.