Amazines Free Article Archive
www.amazines.com - Sunday, February 17, 2019
Read about the most recent changes and happenings at Amazines.com
Log into your account or register as a new author. Start submitting your articles right now!
Search our database for articles.
Subscribe to receive articles emailed straight to your email account. You may choose multiple categories.
View our newest articles submitted by our authors.
View our most top rated articles rated by our visitors.
* Please note that this is NOT the ARTICLE manager
Add a new EZINE, or manage your EZINE submission.
Add fresh, free web content to your site such as newest articles, web tools, and quotes with a single piece of code!
Home What's New? Submit/Manage Articles Latest Posts Top Rated Article Search
Google
Subscriptions Manage Ezines
CATEGORIES
 Article Archive
 Advertising (133276)
 Advice (160791)
 Affiliate Programs (34733)
 Art and Culture (73656)
 Automotive (145587)
 Blogs (75015)
 Boating (9841)
 Books (17129)
 Buddhism (4122)
 Business (1328114)
 Business News (426299)
 Business Opportunities (366247)
 Camping (10951)
 Career (72754)
 Christianity (15838)
 Collecting (11636)
 Communication (115054)
 Computers (241956)
 Construction (38986)
 Consumer (49659)
 Cooking (17059)
 Copywriting (6567)
 Crafts (18210)
 Cuisine (7537)
 Current Affairs (20375)
 Dating (45771)
 EBooks (19684)
 E-Commerce (48191)
 Education (185157)
 Electronics (83433)
 Email (6389)
 Entertainment (159796)
 Environment (28932)
 Ezine (3038)
 Ezine Publishing (5443)
 Ezine Sites (1552)
 Family & Parenting (110891)
 Fashion & Cosmetics (196377)
 Female Entrepreneurs (11841)
 Feng Shui (130)
 Finance & Investment (310229)
 Fitness (105869)
 Food & Beverages (62831)
 Free Web Resources (7937)
 Gambling (30212)
 Gardening (25073)
 Government (10522)
 Health (629170)
 Hinduism (2203)
 Hobbies (44019)
 Home Business (91543)
 Home Improvement (251263)
 Home Repair (46110)
 Humor (4811)
 Import - Export (5447)
 Insurance (45098)
 Interior Design (29544)
 International Property (3485)
 Internet (190962)
 Internet Marketing (146292)
 Investment (22824)
 Islam (1168)
 Judaism (1357)
 Law (80453)
 Link Popularity (4592)
 Manufacturing (20824)
 Marketing (98737)
 MLM (14136)
 Motivation (18211)
 Music (26997)
 New to the Internet (9476)
 Non-Profit Organizations (4048)
 Online Shopping (129606)
 Organizing (7799)
 Party Ideas (11855)
 Pets (38083)
 Poetry (2234)
 Press Release (12668)
 Public Speaking (5620)
 Publishing (7522)
 Quotes (2407)
 Real Estate (126606)
 Recreation & Leisure (95232)
 Relationships (87441)
 Research (16155)
 Sales (80298)
 Science & Technology (110145)
 Search Engines (23445)
 Self Improvement (153074)
 Seniors (6223)
 Sexuality (35941)
 Small Business (49277)
 Software (82937)
 Spiritual (23461)
 Sports (116068)
 Tax (7658)
 Telecommuting (34076)
 Travel & Tourism (307041)
 UK Property Investment (3117)
 Video Games (13421)
 Web Traffic (11724)
 Website Design (56796)
 Website Promotion (36556)
 World News (1000+)
 Writing (35761)
Author Spotlight
ALFRED MEARS

Former English Teacher; Musician (20+ years); Freelance Writer ...more
HANVEY HUANG

I'm a Chief Operated Officer from KIMKOO Mattress machinery.The pen is mightier than the sword.so I ...more
KIMBERLY MCCLOSKEY

I provide off-site administrative and creative writing support to busy professionals. I have been a ...more
BRIAN WILSON

I am a qualified internet marketing professional and content writer with more than 10 years of exper...more
JULIANA FOLEY

I am a single mother of a beautiful little girl. I like ghost hunter wednesdays. I love Oreo's dippe...more


The Difference Between Dye Sublimation Printing and Screen Printing by Barry Brown





Article Author Biography
The Difference Between Dye Sublimation Printing and Screen Printing by
Article Posted: 11/13/2013
Article Views: 1440
Articles Written: 133
Word Count: 1103
Article Votes: 0
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Difference Between Dye Sublimation Printing and Screen Printing


 
Publishing,Science & Technology,Crafts
Question: What is the difference between dye sublimation and screen printing?

Answer: The two styles of printing are markedly different. The similarities are that both are printed on substrates and both produce an image. Aside from that? Not so much.

The screen-printing process uses a very labor intensive set up that you don't have with dye sublimation printing.

I'll walk you through the screen printing process as I know it quite intimately, since this is where I began my career in the graphics business.

Central to the screen printing process is the screen (duh, right?). The screen is still often called a silkscreen, although silk has not been used for many decades since the advent of nylon thread.

There are many types of screen mesh, starting at around 100 threads per square inch and going up to several hundred threads per square inch. The more coarse mesh is becoming less common as it is used with oil-based enamel inks which have been replaced, by and large, with UV inks, which we run through a 220 mesh count as the ink particulates are much smaller than with the older solvent inks.

The screen mesh is typically stretched and glued to a wood or aluminum frame, or attached to expandable frames or roller frames. When stretching the mesh over a frame, we typically take the pounds per square inch (as shown on a "Newton Meter) up to 25 or 26, and let the fabric stretch out over-night.

By the time 16 to 24 hours have passed, the meter will show that the tension has dropped off to around 15 pounds per square inch, and we repeat the process, and the screens should have about the proper tension at around 20-22 lbs. per square inch tension, creating a taut screen that will deliver a good, clean print.

Once the screen is tensioned and attached to a frame, we typically use a fabric tape to tape around the edges of the frame, both inside and out. This is a semi-permanent solution to having ink leak out around the edges of the emulsion.

Now the screen is ready for the photo sensitive emulsion, which is applied with a scoop coater, a variable length tray that emulsion is poured into. After applying the emulsion to the screen, we move the screen to a flat, curtained drying/storage cabinet, where it dries. Different systems of coated screen storage will dry the coated screens at different rates, but ours are usually ready to expose within a couple of hours unless we put a fan on them.

Once the emulsion-coated screens are dry, we can now place the film on the print side of the screen, in reverse, tape it in place, and move it to a vacuum frame. The vacuum frame has a large piece of glass upon which the screen is placed, print side against the glass. A "blanket" is placed over the screen frame, and a vacuum motor engaged, and the screen is pressed tight against the glass.

The vacuum frame is now rotated to face an exposure light, which is typically on a timer. The light is turned on, and the photo sensitive emulsion is exposed, but the areas that are behind the film positive remain susceptible to water. After the set amount of time, typically 6 to 10 minutes, the light will turn off, and the vacuum frame rotated back to laying flat, the pressure released, and the screen removed and moved to a washout tank.

There are semi-automated washout tanks which, once you put the screen into it, it will expose the image with water in a short amount of time. At this point we allow the screen to dry, and we're ready to place it on the screen printing press.

After making sure there are no pin holes (if there are, we use a blockout emulsion to fill them in), we tape the edges to make sure ink won't leak out around the edges of the print (more of an issue on a clamshell press than one that lifts up and down, leaving the screen flat at all times). We line up the substrate, put in blockers, micro-adjust the screen to the substrate, and we're ready to print.

The biggest weakness of screen printing is that we have to make a new screen for every color printed, making the set up time for screen printing quite time consuming. However, because the printing process is very fast, if there are a large quantity of signs or decals or banners, etc.

Next, we pour ink onto the screen, and print whatever it is we're printing, say, bumper stickers or car window decals or stickers, or window sticker for a business, or signs, or whatever our clients order.

After printing, the excess ink is scooped back into the ink bucket, and the screen removed to a washout tank, degreased, and prepped to repeat the process again.

Dye sublimation printing of displays and banners is virtually always done on polyester fabric because the chemistry of polyester is suited to dye sub printing. The chemistry involved in dye sublimation printing is fascinating to me, not just because it's a complex process, but because the end result is by far the most perfect printing of cloth banners, posters, and displays available.

There are four dyes involved, similar to an inkjet printer. The color coding for dye sublimate printing is a bit different that the CMYK printing that inkjet printers perform. The code for the dyes is CMYO (cyan magenta yellow overprint clear).

These dyes are printed on a special transfer paper, then removed from the printer and matched up with an oxford, satin, knit, or other polyester material and sent through heated rollers at approx.. 400F combined with the pressure of the rollers. In this process, the dye converts to a gas, and with the aid of the heat and pressure, becomes fused with the polyester fibers, and creates an absolutely gorgeous print (assuming the dyes and polyester are good quality).

For dye sublimation and screen printing of graphic displays, visit http://www.visigraph.com/

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn't what he thought he'd do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

He has been marketing these products online since 1998, and the company he was general manager of in 1998 was the first sign company to be listed on Yahoo!

He invites you to visit his google + page at https://plus.google.com/110235274212775920890/ and add him up to your circle.

Related Articles - dye sublimation printing, polyester fabric, screen printing, screen printing process, screen mesh,

Email this Article to a Friend!

Receive Articles like this one direct to your email box!
Subscribe for free today!

 Rate This Article  
Completely useless, should be removed from directory.
Minimal useful information.
Decent and informative.
Great article, very informative and helpful.
A 'Must Read'.

 

Do you Agree or Disagree? Have a Comment? POST IT!

 Reader Opinions 
Submit your comments and they will be posted here.
Make this comment or to the Author only:
Name:
Email:
*Your email will NOT be posted. This is for administrative purposes only.
Comments: *Your Comments WILL be posted to the AUTHOR ONLY if you select PRIVATE and to this PUBLIC PAGE if you select PUBLIC, so write accordingly.
 
Please enter the code in the image:



 Author Login 
LOGIN
Register for Author Account

 

Advertiser Login

 

ADVERTISE HERE NOW!
   Limited Time $60 Offer!
   90  Days-1.5 Million Views  

 

Great Paranormal Romance

World News


STEVE HANEY

Steve is the owner/operator of Whiskey Jack Painters, a premier painting company based out of Alma, ...more
STEPHEN BYE

Steve Bye is currently a fiction writer, who published his first novel, ‘Looking Forward Through The...more
GENE MYERS

Author of four books and two screenplays; frequent magazine contributor. I have four other books "in...more
NAIMA ROCCA

Since Naima was a child, writing has been her passion. Influenced by her passion, she received both ...more
LAURA JEEVES

At LeadGenerators, we specialise in content-led Online Marketing Strategies for our clients in the t...more
SUSAN FRIESEN

Susan Friesen, founder of the award-winning web development and digital marketing firm eVision Media...more
JAVIER VBOIX

For the time being just a newbie in the Insurance Industry but a quick learner, soon-to-be expert Ja...more
LARRY WHITTLER

Author of Wrestler/That Dog Hunts; Available at the Kindle Store ...more
STEVERT MCKENZIE

Stevert Mckenzie, Travel Enthusiast. ...more
MICHAEL BRESCIANI

Rev Bresciani is the author of two Christian books. One book is an important and concisely written b...more

HomeLinksAbout UsContact UsTerms of UsePrivacy PolicyFAQResources
Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.
Some pages may contain portions of text relating to certain topics obtained from wikipedia.org under the GNU FDL license