Window Film Selection

The first window films were invented by 3M in the 1960s. They were (and still are) clear or tinted adhesive backed products that allow viewing through the film with a minimum amount of distortion. The original films were dark and not all that transparent. Digital printing has added a whole new dimension to the world…

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The Right Tools for the Job

 A closer look at squeegees and mesh, and how their properties affect specific prints. Shown are squeegee blades with different durometers, as well as some composite blades consisting of several durometers sandwiched together. Blade samples courtesy of Fimor, Serilor brand. My father is a master carpenter, and I learned early on that doing the best…

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Overview of Specialty Inks

Remember four-color process CMYK digital printing? Remember the joys and frustrations of trying to match Pantones or other color specifications? Those frustrating days are long gone with the proliferation of multiple ink colors available in today’s printers. But there are a huge variety of choices, and a limited number of heads on printers. Switching colors…

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How to Profile Dryer Temperature Output

A thermometer with a doughnut probe attachment is commonly used to profile heat output in dryers. The dryer preforms a very important job in a screen-printing shop. If it’s not working properly it can result in the ink that cracks, or falls off after a garment is washed. Achieving the required temperature to completely fuse…

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M&R Launches Screen Printer Success Stories Video Series

GLEN ELLYN, Ill.—M&R introduces a new video series about successful screen printers. The “Screen Printer Success Stories” series is dedicated to bringing screen printers’ stories to light. Those stories range from the bar owners who bought a hole-in-the-wall screen printing shop without knowing what a squeegee was to the unemployed college grad who read an article…

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Dye Sub Finishing Options

Most professional fabric graphic printers understand that there’s more to a project than just dye-sub printing. Once you print it, you have to finish it and oftentimes, proper finishing techniques can make the difference between a high-end product and just another ho-hum textile print. While the options are numerous, the equipment to perform these tasks…

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It Costs How Much?

Pricing your products or services sold is determined first by costing. Do you have any idea of what it costs to sell a sign or banner? For that matter, what does it cost to open the doors to your sign business each day? Pertinent questions that will influence your pricing. It is the rare sign…

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Finishing Banners

The humble banner is about the most common sign application in today’s sign shop. But a good banner requires more than scrim vinyl and an inkjet printer. After printing, most banners require some form of edge finishing, and, in most cases some way to hang or display the banner must be provided. Here are some…

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