Since 2002, we have specialized in the textile screen printing (craftsmanship) and print on all kinds of fabrics in high quality standards. In our screen printing factory we print your motives, such as simple lettering or complex, multi-colored designs, etc. - on textiles such as T-shirts, jackets and bags. We are specializing in individual customer requirements of artists, companies, agencies and individuals. Drop in!
Screen printing is a stencil printing technique in which the ink is applied using a squeegee through a partially-permeable fabric (screen) on the print media. The screen serves at the permeable points as a template, so that this technique is often compared with the stencil printing of the middle Ages.
The screen printing itself, however, reached its culmination in the middle of the 20th Century, especially by artists like Andy Warhol and the improvement of facilities for the screen production.
Screen printing always consists of three work steps: the preparation of the printing screen, the printing and fixation of the color.
First, the printing pattern is applied with black high coverage on a transparent foil - for example by using special printers. It is important that the motif is completely impervious to light. Unlike photography the motif is created not reversed as a positive film.
The preparation of the screen - especially for fine designs and lines - is nowadays a photochemical process. A photosensitive emulsion is applied on to the screen fabric which is afterwards exposed to light. The transparent film (film, repro film) with the design - a logo, a pattern, a symbol - must apply on the screen fabric, in order to avoid over-exposure on the edges. The emulsion hardens at the areas exposed to light and makes the fabric dense; at the unexposed areas the emulsion remains water-soluble and the tissue after washing permeable.
In this way you obtain a template for a color, which can be used for the second part of the printing. For each color, we have to prepare a screen for printing multi-color designs. Different tonal values or shades of color are also possible. This procedure needs a special screen (halftone printing).
Screen printing is suitable for all materials on which the color can be applied. Not only on textiles can be printed but also tiles, ceramics, stone, etc. The Imprenta-Team primarily specializes in printing of designs on fabrics and textiles.
In our workshop the printing is still handwork – using a hand squeegee. For this purpose, the screen is firmly clamped in a frame and the textiles - a T-shirt, sweatshirt, jackets, and trousers – are aligned on a firm base, the palette. Then, the screen is placed just above the printing base. The ink is filled into the frame and is pressed with a squeegee through the mesh openings of the printing screen.
We work with a carousel with six pallets and six screen frames. This means we can simultaneously fix several garments for printing on the pallets, clamp various screens (for different colors) and work with several printers simultaneously. Textiles placed under the screens are rotated as on a carousel.
To fix the colors on the printing base, textiles are passed through a heat tunnel. At a minimum temperature of 340 degrees the ink is dried. This is the last step of the screen printing.