The Silicon Fen and beyond
As one of the fastest growing innovation and technology centres in the uk, Cambridge needs and deserves a screen printer that can keep up with its demand for high quality, high performance print.
So what actually is screen printing?
Isn’t it reserved for fancy art galleries or t-shirt printing for hipsters?
Not at all, Screen Printing means a hardy, long-lasting, professional finish that will keep your brand fresh and vibrant. It is a satisfying process by which ink is pushed through a fine mesh onto almost any surface you can think of.
Imagine your artwork as a stencil, where any areas that require print are cut outs and everywhere else is blocked off. The ink is pushed through the cut-outs in the stencil onto your product underneath the screen.
Screen printing requires areas of extreme opacity and transparency to create an image. It is capable of producing great results whether your artwork is all block colours and bold designs or small text and intricate detail.
Screen print ink is incredibly durable, and here at Screens and Graphics we have developed processes for coping with various different substrates, thanks to our many years of experience.
The personal touch
We have always done all our screen printing by hand, and this is something we take a lot of pride in as it adds a personal dimension to each job.
Each print run is set up by hand, and it is down to the individual printer to apply their years of experience, problem solving, and considerable skill to it. Your product will be in the safest of hands.
Over the years our team of genius screen printers have developed amazing techniques for printing onto the more complicated of shapes, so you can be sure that we aren’t afraid of a challenge!
Prototype vs Production
Screen printing is excellent at long run, single set up jobs, because of how easy it is just to keep printing once the job is set up and ready. This would be the option for production batches of panels or mouldings that the artwork isn’t likely to change for.
It is the set up involved that makes this an expensive process for a run of one or two prototypes. Making a screen and jig is time consuming, but worth it under the right circumstances, and this is where the digital print option comes in.
Our digital print capabilities match those of our screen department in terms of quality, finish and adhesion to most materials. Digital print is just better suited to multicolour, short run prototype jobs.
If you’re not sure which process is right for you, get in touch, we’re sure to know.
Navigating the colour process
We know that colour is essential to your brand. It is one of the most important aspects of print, and also one of the trickiest to get right.
Colours can appear different depending on how they are printed, the material they are printed on, and also the room in which you are looking at them!
Our colour gurus know just how to navigate the minefield, and have tried and tested methods to ensure accuracy every time.
The importance of Pantone
Where possible we use Pantone references to ensure continuity across across all colours in a product range or company brand. Pantone is a colour standard that is consistent no matter where you are in the world, and this is what makes it so reliable.
We have colour matching technology in house which gives us a baseline to work from, and then our expert print technicians will do the rest by eye, making sure you get the best match possible for your print.
Do I have to know about Pantone?
No! If you don’t have one, or don’t know which you need, we can do all the hard work for you, and it wont hold up production in any way.
We can match to a Pantone from a sample provided, and we keep a wide range of industry standard pre-mixed ink colours in stock. You can rely on our technical expertise to make the right decision.