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Screen Coating 101A

Whether this is screen coating 101Aa refresher or a tutorial for a start-up screen printer or anyone investigating what it takes to become a masterful textile screen printer of t-shirts, hats and other apparel and fabrics, this is Part 1 of a 5 part series.

Click on Screen Coating 101A for the video tutorial.

These are the tools you need to simplify the Screen Coating process.

1 – Screen Printing Frame

2- RhinoSol 500 Dual Cure Emulsion + Sensitizer

Add sensitizer to emulsion and then let stand so bubbles will disappear.

3 – Scoop Coater that has a rounded and sharp side and an angle piece that enables you to tip and rock and shear in one smooth motion.

I want to point out that, generally, you’ll be working with this in a light safe environment. For demo purposes, I’m going to work a bit quickly and then move to a dark light area for screen drying.

STEPS TO COATING A SCREEN FRAME

To begin, pour emulsion into scoop coater without over-filling and then begin to coat the non-squeegee side of the screen frame.

The reason that it’s important to start on the non-squeegee side of the frame is because you want to have the build-up on the bottom or non-squeegee side of the frame.

Move scoop coater straight up the frame and then shear off at the top. REPEAT.

Next, turn screen around and coat the squeegee side. REPEAT.

Place frame in a horizontal position in a light safe drying rack to dry.

Once dry, the next phase will be to expose the screen.

Check out Part 2, Exposing and Developing Screens in the series from RhinoTech.

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In a Nutshell, Here’s Why a High-Quality Heat Press is a Good Investment.

We’re not sure why the heat press is often undervalued as part of a Digital printing equipment set-up. In fact, it is a key piece of the pie, because of 3 critical factors to ensuring the absolute best, final products. They are: PRESSURE, TEMPERATURE and TIME. And, that’s why we can’t stress enough the value of investing in a great performing heat press.

Presented in this step-by-step video is the RT Swingman 20 with a platen size of 16” x 20”. The RT Swingman 25P with a platen dimension of 20” x 25” is also an excellent option in the high-quality/affordability department. Both systems are offered by RhinoTech.

Features of the RT Swingman include these DIGITAL CONTROLS:

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ON and OFF switch is easily accessible in front of system.

A digital TIMER with alert that can be programmed for up to 99 minutes.

The PRESSURE reading sensor that with these settings: 1-3 for light pressure, 4-6 for medium and 7-9 that offers the highest pressure setting (KEEP A LOG OF THE PRESSURE SETTINGS YOU USE FOR SPECIFIC CUSTOMER PROJECTS, SO REPEAT PROJECTS WILL BE A BREEZE).

TEMPERATURE setting that can be digitally set for up to 450 degrees F or 232 C.

Additional cool elements:

Touch Screen with easy to lock-in time, temp and pressure settings.
Phenomenal heating element.
Simple Swing-away feature, unlike a pop-up clam shell.

An adjustable LEVELING PLATEN that can adjust up to 1 3/4” to enable the operator to digitally transfer designs made with SinglePrint™ heat transfer laser paper to FLAT glass and light color wood plaques, leather, Acrylic, ceramic and metal.

Find all RhinoTech heat presses HERE.

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Please – invest in a high quality heat press.

Including and using the highest quality heat press, as possible, along with your Digital Heat Transfer System is a must, especially when you want your  digitally printed products to be worthy. Please, do not sacrifice excellence with a low-cost, lesser value and/or used heat press. If you do, you’re most certainly going to get what you pay for and you won’t be happy. Instead, follow the best business practice that is to purchase the highest quality press as possible. We guarantee that you won’t regret it.

A Heat Press for CAPS/HATS from RhinoTech

IMG_0558Printing on a curve takes a bit of finesse and can be acquired with some patience and testing. It takes a high quality Heat Press with digital time and temperature controls and the operator’s ability to figure out the pressure needed to apply when heat pressing. That’s why we always suggest that you purchase a test pack of paper. During the practice phase, you’ll be less stressed because you are just TESTING. You’ll be figuring out the differences between “low, medium and heavy pressure”, paper peeling techniques and more.  In the step-by-step instructional video above that also includes a how-to on using Textile Metallic Foil, please observe the technique used to produce perfect hats. You’ll discover that it’s important to develop a feel for the “touch and pressure” needed to print on a curve. This will be especially significant when printing on multi-paneled hats with seams.

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CAP Heat Press from RhinoTech

To help eliminate the search for a great, affordable cap heat press, we’ve tested low-cost, lower quality and high quality heat presses. We offer the latest CAP/HAT Press with confidence. This particular model features a special spring loaded cap mounting clamp. It also includes: a spring balance loaded pressure heat platen, swing-away digital panel, extra working room for mounting cap, full range pressure application, alarm/timer, digital temperature and timer display, Input Voltage of 110V and 120V and plugs into regular wall outlets.

So…let’s drive it home! Yes, it’s absolutely essential that a digital printing set-up include a reliable heat press with accurate time, temp and pressure results. So…be patient. Practice and test.  And, don’t worry, you will develop the touch to ensure that your creativity, hard work and passion will be reflected in your products.

For additional information on heat presses for apparel, mug, plate and other hard surface printing, click HERE. Many thanks!

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GLUE. AEROSOL ADHESIVE WEB. DO YOU HAVE CROSS-OVER PRODUCTS?

Cross-over products are those that, accidentally or on purpose, have been found to have multiple uses instead of just the one they were originally intended. You can find them all over the place. Anyone remember Pepsi AM for the “breakfast cola drinker” (circa 1989)? It was supposed to be the cross-over into breakfast product, but, fortunately for all of us humans, it died out quickly.  You can read more about well-intentioned cross-over products including Ponds toothpaste, Cosmopolitan (Magazine) Yogurt and Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water at this site: http://www.businessinsider.com/qwik-fails-15-disastrous-product-launches-that-were-quickly-killed-2011-10?op=1#ixzz36EZGjIwX. And, beyond that, do you have undiscovered cross-over products?

Two examples of viable, cross-over products from RhinoTech

RhinoBond™ Toughened Frame Adhesive Systems  requires no premixing of solvents and offers tension holding capabilities of over 90 newtons. The wide range of viscosities available ensure a secure bond of mesh to wood or aluminum screen frames. The RBT Series is flexible, impact toughened and has great removal characteristics.  They dry in seconds and are non-hazardous. RBT 100

Because of these amazing characteristics, especially the non-hazardous part, RBT 100 (super, super, super glue) is often used by beaders as an adhesive to use to secure a knot on a bracelets and necklaces and to hold beads in place. Compared to other jewelry-making glue in that growing market, this glue surpasses. It will dry quite quickly, as well. As always, follow directions for handling and don’t glue your fingers together! It’s $37.00 for the Kit.RBT 100  2

Discovered by a quilter searching for a better bonding product, we’re showcasing RBA3 Spray Web, an aerosol adhesive that is much like the product used during Halloween to create spider webs.  RBA3 Adhesive Web is the quilter’s adhesive of choice for several reasons. One, it is part of the RhinoClean Green line of environmentally-sensitive products. yoga bag 22

Two, the “web” is quite self-contained so over spraying, unlike what is often found with other spray adhesives specific to the crafting/hobby  market, is a non-issue. It works particularly well during the sandwiching phase of quilting as it is able to be respositioned. This adhesive web is strong enough to hold sweatshirt material in place and it bonds easily to a variety of materials without transferring adhesive to the fabric that is a highly important element. And, it washes out.

This quilted, reversible yoga bag in the featured image was constructed with RBA3. It’s soft and durable with two pockets large enough for a water bottle, wallet, keys, suntan lotion and more. A yoga mat easily fits. If you’d like to order a finished bag or 1 or more cans of RBA 3 Spray Web, contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027. At $6.99 for a 13 oz. can, it’s a steal! And, with a $50+ purchase, FREE SHIPPING is available within the contiguous U. S.

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