Proven advice for industrial applications and other situations where delivering less-than-flawless prints isn’t an option.
By Mike Young
The problem I find myself wrestling with is that it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when an abundance of resources are available. Don’t get me wrong: Troubleshooting issues with high-performance printing applications keeps a nice roof over my head. My point is that many superb technical articles have been written on screen making, perhaps more than any subject, so what happens to them? I believe the truth of the matter is either apathy or WHADITW (we have always done it this way), or a bit of both. It’s wishful thinking for any printing operation to expect to profitably handle more challenging work without first preparing. Screen making goes hand in hand with the degree of print performance required – it’s impossible to deliver more than what was given!
From Ordinary to Extraordinary Results
Almost every challenging application requires some sort of critical result from the printing process. Usually, either the deposition uniformity is crucial or producing a sharp, crisp-looking image is imperative – or both. Whereas high-end graphic printing is primarily concerned with the two-dimensional aspect of a print from an aesthetic viewpoint, many functional applications necessitate the three-dimensional accuracy of the ink deposit in order for the product itself to work.
This is why elevating the printing process has never been as important as it is today. New product innovation has accelerated at an alarming pace and so have performance requirements. This imposes more stringent controls than ever before on what is essentially an artistic process. If suitable improvements are not made to enhance the quality level, then gaining this lucrative work will be tough.
These five secrets for producing screens will elevate your results from ordinary to extraordinary, and then some. They are presented, except for the last item, in the sequence in which screens are made.
Secret #1: Frame Size Matters
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