Exposing and Developing a Screen Frame follows Part 1 (of a 5 part series), Coating Screens 101A from RhinoTech. In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to master an essential step in in screen printing.
The exposure system used in the demo is a BL1620 Exposure Unit w/UV Black lights. It has a simple on/off switch. You just have to add a timer system; we use the timer on our phones.
EXPOSING THE SCREEN FRAME
The first step is to have your artwork ready. As you can see, we printed our artwork onto RhinoJet Film Positive Material using an Epson 1430. We used this water-proof clear film material because it provides a very dense film positive helping to ensure that no light will penetrate the blacked out area.
Next, position the film positive material onto the Exposure System.
Then, position the previously coated screen frame over the film positive (from the video Coating Screens 101A).
Add a pressure plate to ensure good contact. We use one that is made of melamine board with foam (foam side down) to ensure that the film is tight against the screen. We also add a few gallons of RhinoMite adhesive to secure it even more.
Turn Exposure System on.
We know that it will take a 4-minute exposure, because of previous test results. So…always test with a film positive that has been pre-made for you using different filters. This will help you narrow down variables due to type of Exposure System and type of emulsion you’re using.
Once the screen is exposed, retrieve the screen frame and get ready to begin the Developing Process.
THE DEVELOPING PROCESS
The first step in the DEVELOPING PROCESS is to move to the RhinoClean Washout Booth. Place screen in the booth and wet screen on both sides.
Next, set Pressure Washer to wide fan with low pressure (easily done with the RS 1500A) and with a smooth motion, continue to wash frame – notice we’re working on the non-squeegee side of frame. Be sure to flip frame and continue washing the other side.
Watch the design appear.
And, that’s it. You’ve just observed how easy it is to Expose and Develop a Screen Frame.
Thanks for watching the easiest way to Expose and Develop a Screen Frame from RhinoTech. If you need more info and have questions, please contact us at 651-686-5027 x 4, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to working with you.
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Dead-on accuracy, micro-registration, engineering excellence – a bold statement backed-up by the incredible performance of a HIX 4/Color – 4/Station NP Premier Printer.
And, RhinoTech is excited to be able to distribute this system to the world that showcases these features:
- Totally, tool-less, on/off contact and inclination adjustments.
- True, “all-heads-down” that allows printing at the speed of loading/unloading.
- Optional side clamps for improved grip.
- Optional “Bigfoot” side clamps for extra-large screen frames.
- Full range of optional, interchangeable platens from jacket hold-downs to sleeve boards, as well as, custom aluminum platens.
- Easy clean-up due to aluminum castings, anodized and epoxy coated finishes.
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Al B. Myson was tenacious when it came to finding the perfect inkjet heat transfer paper for his business. After much research and discussion, he found the RhinoTech youtube.com site where he watched the step-by-step tutorial on how to “Print on DARK with Jet Opaque Heat Transfer Paper”. The rest is history; he purchased and tested the paper and then relayed that, “I am happy with your product and thanks a million!!!”
Mr. Myson also shared his Al B. Myson Blog post, Fantastic, Blank Heat Transfer Paper, for Inkjet Printers. The following is an excerpt: ……. “I watched a youtube video and could not believe that I found what I was looking for. The company called Rhinotechinc (editor’s note: RhinoTech) offers great blank heat transfer paper for inkjet printers and this video link demonstrates their one step heat transfer paper for dark colored t-shirts and they also carry blank heat transfer paper for light colored t-shirts as well, but you could also use the one step opaque for light colored as well. Honestly so far I have tested the one step heat transfer paper for light colored t-shirts and the quality is quite excellent, so I highly recommend trying the blank heat transfer paper from Rhinotechinc.com its quite affordable and I hope someone from Rhinotechinc shares some more info on my blog and I hope they share my blog with others as well; because I truly support what they are doing for the t-shirt business!! Thank you Rhinotechinc.”
SingleJet Opaque Heat Transfer Paper from RhinoTech.
This one step heat transfer paper is used with the recommended Epson 1430 (and other inkjet printers) to create printable transfers to DARK fabrics and apparel. It offers a very soft hand and fabric drape on the finished product. With this paper, a little bit of ink goes a long way toward producing vivid, brilliant, colorful results on DARK garments; it is stretchy and has excellent wash characteristics.
Choose from paper sizes of 8.5” x 11 and 11” x 17”. And, a SingleJet Roll that comes in 13″ x 50′ is also available. For a test run, RhinoTech recommends a 10 pack of SingleJet Opaque.
This is how it works.
SingleJet Opaque is simple to use; basically, an image is printed right reading, the edges of the design are trimmed, the vinyl surface is peeled off then positioned on the shirt and heat pressed.
Place black shirt on platen, cover w/parchment paper and press shirt for a few seconds to remove moisture and wrinkles.
Remove parchment paper.
Peel film, position design, cover with parchment paper and press for 15 seconds at
360 degrees F with the RT DK20S 16×20 Digital Swinger Heat Press or the RTSW 1620 Heat press w/digital controls.
Let shirt cool to the touch before peeling parchment paper off to showcase your design. And, that’s it!
Additional features of SingleJet Opaque heat transfer paper include secure bond to fabric and excellent washability characteristics.
Again, we offer sincere gratitude to Al B. Myson for his accolades regarding SingeJet Opaque heat transfer paper. We extend the same to all our customers who gain increased bottom line benefits through use of this paper and all RhinoTech digital printing systems. We wish you much success in your printing endeavors. If you have questions, please contact our Customer Service Specialist at 651-686-5027 x 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re here to help!
http://www.rhinotechinc.com; email@example.com and learn how to digitally print at youtube.com/rhinotechcompany.
Courtesy of Eric Siu, Contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine; CEO, Single Grain & Founder, Growth Everywhere, we share Foster Organic Traffic in a Crowded Internet with These 6 Steps. It’s a quick read that will most likely generate questions, what ifs and how-to’s, but in a good way. Because…. everything that comes after what we’ve learned and introduced will only aid in improving a business vision and image generating increased organic movement toward our websites in, as the author points out, a very crowded Internet.
What IS ORGANIC TRAFFIC?
When you randomly or naturally search on-line for eco-friendly screen cleaning products or how to digitally print on DARK apparel with transfer paper, RhinoTech and a list of choices emerge. This is termed an ‘organic’ search; a natural search. According to Conductor Blog, nearly half of all website traffic comes from natural search. Based on that information, our quest becomes how to build our presence so that this naturally occurring traffic lands on our sites.
A BIG UNDERTAKING.
The task of how to drive more traffic to our websites can be daunting. How many blog posts per week? Social media posts per day? The decision to take this on ourselves or implement a robust SEO hand by hiring a professional SEO company/person or marketing team is even larger and anxiety producing. It’s tough to believe that any person or team will truly understand our company and vision in just a few meetings and a couple of days of studying our Internet and social media presence. So…what is the play?
HITTING THE HIGH POINTS
Eric Siu helps figure this out for us by hitting the high points of what all of us should be doing as part of our business marketing efforts particularly regarding: 1) studying the analytics of who our audience is and where they come from, 2) establishing credibility with a solid marketing plan. Remember, it can be altered, but it’s a necessary guideline, 3) It’s important to write and write well. Each piece of content from blog posts to infographics holds an opportunity to convert new customers and raise brand awareness. It really is important that audiences read past a headline of any content that is written/posted, 4) figure out your “key words” and repeat, repeat, repeat, 5) try and format headlines and sub-headings that will induce readers to want to read more, 6) promote what you write/display about your company in Google+ communities such as Screen, Digital & Graphics Printing. Figure out which of your posts/content have generated the most notice and then work that strength.
And, finally, Quality content, published consistently, optimized, and aggressively promoted is the key to building links, page rank, keyword share, and readership.
A different sort of energy and framework is definitely required when promoting a brand than for what is needed when creating artwork and printing apparel. But, it is worth it. In the long-term, the pay-off is higher page rank and more natural search traffic to our websites; company visibility is increased and inquiries are converted to customers and orders.
Many thanks for joining us.
Add rhinestones to DARK shirts digitally printed with RT SunAngel heat transfer paper & bold Fluorescent colors!
We wanted to follow-up on a recent blog post, RhinoTech Shares An Illustrator Tutorial from Catspit Productions, regarding the video on creating layers. In this latest video that you’re about to view, Jonathan Monaco/Catspit Productions, explains the method of Working with Colors in Layers by utilizing the layers function in a vector art software.
This step-by-step tutorial offers a basic approach to adding registration colors to a design that will eventually be screen printed. In an easy to follow, comfortable style, the secret of how to perform this function unfolds.
An additional benefit of this tutorial is that it overlaps with and is testament to the very recent post on Demystifying Film Positives. In that video by RhinoTech, we learned that for each color in a design, a film positive was required. This is echoed in the Catspit video; for each layer of color there needs to be a film positive printed.
And, you can find the quality of film positive material required in RhinoJet Film Positive Material for use with an inkjet printer. It is a waterproof clear film that is easy to work with and one that offers first-rate opaque halftone, shape and image/design clarity. It can be used with both Pigment and Dye based inks. Additional advantages of this film are that it has minimal dot gain, dries on contact and has maximum density technology. It is also 5 millimeters thick, can be printed in newer inkjet printers and high volume production printers to generate film positives or negatives. And, it is fast drying.
We hope this instructional video has given you the necessary positive reinforcement in your campaign to learn vector art color layering systems, how to use film positive material like a pro and create award-winning, customer satisfying designs.
Many thanks for watching and reading our posts!
Contact Catspit Productions @ (480) 899-9089. Catspit Productions is a distributor of RhinoTech products and equipment including RhinoJet Film Positive Material. And, be sure to check out video product reviews on RhinoTech on the Catspit Productions youtube.com channel.
To demystify is kind of a bold statement, but the need to be enterprising is a needed attribute when tackling the subject of FILM POSITIVES. RhinoTech explains that creating Film Positives is a necessary step in the screen printing process that can be exasperating at times. But…it can be mastered.
WHAT IS A FILM POSITIVE?
A Film Positive is a vellum or polyester sheet with a printed positive image that blocks the light out during exposure.
Once the screen frame has been exposed and then washed off with water, a negative image appears. In other words, when all areas where the light was blocked from the film positive are washed away, the result is a negative image. And, a screen frame for printing has been created. You will see that when you print the ink onto the surface of the shirt, the ink will penetrate through the negative image recreating the design from the film positive onto the shirt.
A Film Positive is required for each color in a design to be screen printed. So…if you have a 6 color project, you will need 6 Film Positives; one screen frame for each color in the design.
WHAT ARE THE EXCELLENT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RhinoTech FILM POSITIVE MATERIAL?
An ideal material is found with the RhinoJet Film Positive Material by RhinoTech that is a waterproof clear film. It works with both Pigment and Dye based inks. The film enables the operator to secure opaque halftone, shape and image/design clarity.
Additionally significant features of the inkjet film are that the materials has minimal dot gain, dries on contact and has maximum density technology. It is 5 millimeters thick and dries quickly. This particular Film Positive Material can be printed in newer inkjet printers and high volume production printers to generate a film positive or film negatives.
According to Jonathan Monaco of Catspit Productions, “Many RIP software packages sell all black ink conversion kits so that all printer heads will print with debased black ink. This significantly improves the quality of the inkjet film positives produced.”
The following video will also help to demystify the process of making film positives.
As always, many thanks for being readers and viewers. For more information about RhinoTech, Film Positive Material, Digital Printing, Textile Screen Cleaning equipment, eco-friendly screen cleaning products and more, please contact RhinoTech directly at 651-686-5027 ext 4; firstname.lastname@example.org.