Aluminum Vs. Wooden screen Print frames: How to choose the right screen print mask size

The advantage of an aluminum screen
The printing frame is durability and long life it holds. Unlike wood
silkscreen printing frames when exposing frames to water in a dunk tank
or precipitation trays of aluminum frames will not be skewed. This will ensure a flat frame
through thousands of prints coming. Aluminum frames can also be stretched and
re-stretched many times. The net and glue are simply removed from the frame
Use a professional tool that does not damage the aluminum. Once cleaned
frames can then be stretched, which gives you the opportunity to use it
frame for years of hard work in your store.

Aluminum frames are also lightweight, which makes shipping
cheaper and saves money in the long run. If you look at it
Maximize the performance of your store, aluminum frames are a good item to add
your screen printing equipment.

More about screen printing mask size: Different mesh sizes are used for different
applications in the screen printing process. Mask size is measured with how many
threads of mesh it is crossing per square inch. For example, a 110 mesh
The screen has 110 threads that pass per square inch. The higher the mesh number, the higher the number
finer threads and holes are in the screen. The size of the web has a lot to do
Do with how detailed your image is and how thick your ink is. If
You have an image with extremely high detail, a lower mesh screen will not hold
high detail. The fine lines or dots in the picture will simply fall through
Holes in the net do not give you an accurate representation of your image
should be. Also, if you use a thinner ink, the ink will also flood
The bigger holes and suck on your shirt or substrate make your image blur
as the ink bleeds. On the other hand, if you are trying to print a thicker ink
(eg white) to the high of a mask screen, hardly any ink will be printed
through the net. You will notice that different companies have different sizes
available. If the mesh number is quite close, such as the difference between
155 vs 156, 196 vs 200 or 81 vs. 86, the difference is so negligible and
small that it does not matter in your final results.

Because there are many variables involved in silk screen, we
cannot tell exactly what mesh sizes are used for which applications. though
We can give you a general overview of the sizes to be used for certain types of
printing. Your basic and most common mesh sizes are 110 and 156. 110 mesh
puts a pretty thick layer of ink down. It is good for block text letters and
larger staining pattern. It is also a recommended network for white flash plates
For many times you just need to make a print impression faster
up production time. 156 meshes also lay down a slightly thicker layer of the screen
ink but gives you a little bit more detail in the picture because of
the finer net. Also, if you print with a little thinner viscosity colors
of ink you can use 156 mesh so that not too much ink passes through
your screen. Lower mesh sizes 40-86 are used for shimmer and glitter
ink. These inks have particles in them that do not pass through the typical
mesh sizes. Therefore, you need a lower mesh number with large holes in order
all the particles should pass properly. Shimmer plastisol inks have finer particles in them so you can probably use a 86 mesh while glitter ink has much larger particles so it would be recommended to use a 40 or 60 mesh screen. 200 and 230 mesh are used for finer detailed images and thinner inks. These mesh sizes may contain larger halftone dots but that is not
is recommended for four color process prints or fine detail half-printing.
Also, graphic and solvent-based silk screening paints that are much thinner should be used with these mesh sizes. Even if you want a smoother feeling of ink on your shirts, you can
Print through these higher machine revenues, which will lead to less ink through
screen that gives you a much softer feel on the shirt. However, this can be difficult,
many times a killer is distracted look desired for the artwork, but if it is bright
Vibrant colors are desired (especially white) you find difficult to obtain
opacity is thick enough using these higher meshes. 305 mesh is used for
extremely high detailed textile printing and fine halftone four color process and
simulated process prints. (Read more about process printing here.) Nice half
ton powder needs high detail mask to hold and expose. Higher
Masks like 355, 380 and 400 are mainly used for graphic printing with UV
ink. UV inks are extremely thin and are often used for high detail
printing on characters, banners or CDs. By using a higher network, the automatic is allowed
printers used in UV printing to regulate the amount of ink passing through
screen.

Exposure Notes: Different mesh sizes differ
amounts of emulsion due to the size of the holes in the network. For example, a
110 mesh screen will hold much more emulsion then a 305 mesh screen. While
the difference is not extreme, you have to vary your exposure times slightly for
different mesh sizes. A finer mesh screen that contains less emulsion will be exposed
faster than a lower mesh screen that contains more emulsion. But
the difference is small so you may only need to vary as little as 5-10% in either
direction and depending on mesh size to get maximum exposure
performance.