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The Flash: Understanding Flash Cure Basics for Your Printing

The Flash: Understanding Flash Cure Basics for Your Printing

Understanding when to flash cure is important to any screen printer. Doing it correctly can mean a great looking screen print. However, the “best” or “proper” way to flash cure continuously splits opinions. For example, when to flash, what to flash, and the best type of flash-cure units are issues always open to friendly debate among printers. One of the best things about screen printing is the variety of methods, procedures, and variations printers can employ to get a job done. You can watch two screen printers accomplish the same job with entirely different means. Screen printing is both an art and science. 


Tuesday, November 20, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (503)/Comments (0)/
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Talking water-based inks with Helen Parry

Talking water-based inks with Helen Parry

Helen Parry, managing director of Magna Colours, discusses the company’s Make the Switch campaign and the benefits of water-based inks
Tuesday, November 13, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (488)/Comments (0)/
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Winning the Printing Race: Screen-Printing Maintenance

Winning the Printing Race: Screen-Printing Maintenance

When a race car driver wins a race and stands at the podium to accept the coveted prize and recognition, he gets the praise, accolades and the headlines. But how many people’s shoulders do you think he is standing on – a few a dozen? Hundreds?

There is the team that sets up the suspension; the team that built the engine; the team who chose the tire durometer…The fuel mixture? How about the team who built the transmission etc. The point is that once the driver sits in the driver’s seat, there have been thousands of hours and decisions that have been made in order for the driver to even have a chance to win.

Monday, November 12, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (405)/Comments (0)/
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What do screen printers need to take note of when working with uniforms and safety apparel?

What do screen printers need to take note of when working with uniforms and safety apparel?

Workwear today covers a wide variety of garment styles. The polo style shirts worn by workers in many industries are the most common. These garments can be cotton, cotton/poly, or 100 percent polyester. 


Tuesday, November 6, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (423)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Handling Copyright and Trademark Designs

Tips for Handling Copyright and Trademark Designs

Finding the perfect designs to embroider or screen print can start a chain reaction that might make or break a business. Every place you look people are wearing logos of everything from movies and sports to cartoons and pets. The one thing they may all have in common is they most likely have a copyright or trademark. Duplicating these without permission or obtaining a license to do so can ruin your business and drain your bank account.

There is a difference between copyright, trademark and service mark.


Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (408)/Comments (0)/
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Beyond Halloween: Glow-in-the-Dark For Any Occasion!

Beyond Halloween: Glow-in-the-Dark For Any Occasion!

Although Glow-in-the-Dark prints are popular during the Halloween season – as highlighted in the design used for our video demo – this versatile ink can be used for much more. Glow-in-the-Dark prints stand out on shirts for parties, team events, and as accents on a design.


Monday, October 29, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1133)/Comments (0)/
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Choosing the Right Emulsion for the Job

Choosing the Right Emulsion for the Job

Emulsion is determined primarily by the type of ink you use. Some emulsions are solvent-resistant or water-resistant, while others are both. Some water-based inks contain solvents in them, and these are referred to as co-solvent inks. Other factors that determine the best emulsion for your printing needs include: 


Tuesday, October 23, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (424)/Comments (0)/
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Solving Problematic Printing (Part 1)

Solving Problematic Printing (Part 1)

Solutions for mistakes that beginning screen printers sometimes make


 

Friday, October 12, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (442)/Comments (0)/
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Allover Sublimation on Team Garments

Allover Sublimation on Team Garments

A step-by-step guide to achieve an allover look.

Allover sublimation printing in garment decoration is beginning to revolutionize how consumers shop. A garment style can be selected (as a white polyester blank) — along with a pattern or graphic — and a totally custom garment can be created immediately.
More often than not, this likely will be a one-of-kind creation, depending on the number of garment styles and graphics available. This translates to unlimited customer options and smaller, more manageable vendor inventory.
Customization is a major benefit of sublimation printing. And short-run, custom, quick-turn production is not only the future; it’s here now.
The process can be broken into four primary areas: signs/banners; hard substrates, such as mugs and phone cases; fashion; and sports apparel.
Monday, October 8, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (502)/Comments (0)/
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What to Know When Buying a DTG (or Any) Printer

What to Know When Buying a DTG (or Any) Printer

So, you have decided to buy or add a new direct-to-garment (DTG) printer to your business. Before you settle on a particular piece of equipment, there are a few questions you should ask and a few things you should really know before making that purchase. While the following speaks to DTG, many of these factors are important to consider when purchasing any type of manufactured equipment. 

Friday, October 5, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (445)/Comments (0)/
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