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SCREEN PRINTING

Screen printing is a process that is controllable, measurable and consistent. It allows us to print onto a wide variety of materials with flexibility. The process involves an image being exposed onto a fine meshed screen, leaving only the required printing area as a negative. For multi-coloured printing, several screens maybe required.

As the digital age has grown and developed many thought that would see an end to screen printing.
However this traditional printing method has found a new life in the age of technology as it continues to be as successful as a manufacturing method as it was 30 years ago, with the ability to lay down a precise and measurable deposit of ink on a substrate plus as it is not always ink that is being deposited as it can be conductive, a lacquer or an adhesive.

It seems the digital age has enhanced screen printing with many now referring to it as screen print manufacturing.
In fact many of todays’ technologies would not have been possible without screen printing.

Examples are:
• Mobile phone touch screen
• Glucose sensors for people with diabetes
• Many other biomedical sensors
• Solar cells
• Lithium batteries
• Circuit boards
• Printed electronics
• RFID
• In mould transfer switch panels
• Flexible circuit boards
• Electroluminescence
• Thin film heating elements
• Miniature circuits on ceramics
• Heated rear windscreens
• Fuel cells
• Smart fabrics
• Optical discs
• Printed textiles
• Automotive Dials
• Printed antennae
• Special effects graphics printing
• Sports-wear decoration
• Electronic camouflage
• Printing on metalwork and mouldings