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Screenprinting

Screen printing (traditionally called silkscreen printing; also known as serigraphy and serigraph printing) is a printing technique where a mesh is used to transfer ink (or dye) onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-coloured image or design.

Equipment

Cincinnati One Arm Squeegee Vacuum Printing Table
(94” x 60” table area; 63” x 44” vacuum area)
Vacuum printing table – 33 x 48”
Sharpline exposure unit – 48 x 60”
Workhorse LED exposure unit – 30 x 40”
Various sizes of screens and squeegees
Screen reclaiming booth and power washer
Drying Racks
Work tables
Paper Cutter/Scorer
6-Colour Odessy carousel t-shirt printing press
6-Colour Benmar carousel t-shirt printing press
4-Colour Shoba carousel t-shirt printing press
Benmar QLX Pro 2808 Belt Dryer
15 x 17” flash dryers (x2)
15 x 15” heat presses (x2)

Supplies

Included supplies: ECO Strip emulsion remover, in-house cleaning supplies (sprays, solvents, soap, paper towels, sponges, rags);


Members must bring: ink, paper or garments for printing, respirator, gloves;
Supplies for purchase: Photo Emulsion (750ml) – $30, Photo Emulsion (375ml) – $15, Screen Rentals – $10/month (includes reclaiming), Vellum Stencils (11 x 17″) – $1, Oversized Transparencies – pricing varies.

Lithography

Lithography is an “offset” printing technique — ink is not applied directly from the printing plate to the as it is in screenprint and letterpress. Ink is applied to the printing plate to form the image (e.g. text or artwork to be printed) and then transferred to a rubber blanket. The image on the blanket is then transferred to the substrate (typically paper or paperboard) to produce the printed product.

Equipment

Charles Brand Lithography Press – 30 x 48″ bed size
Large graining sink
Various rollers; leather and composite rubber rollers
Various limestones ranging from 8 x 10 ” to 24 x 30″
Scraper bars
Tympan Sheets
Levigator

Supplies

Included supplies: roll-up ink , Carborundum (80, 100, 120, 180, 220 grit), cheesecloth, nitric acid, phosphoric acid, gum arabic, liquid asphaltum, magnesium carbonate, rosin, Talc, In-house cleaning supplies (solvents, alcohol, sprays, soap, paper-towels).

Members must supply: Metal Plates, Ink, Paper, Gloves, Apron, Respirator

Intaglio & Relief

Intaglio is a family of printmaking techniques in which the image is etched into a surface and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. Intaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing, in that the printing is done from ink that is below the surface of the place. The design is cut, scratched, or etched into the printing surface of plate, which can be copper, zinc, alumnum, magnesium, plastics, or even coated paper.

The printing ink is rubbed into the incisions or grooves, and the surface is wiped clean. Intaglio printing embosses the paper into the incised lines to create the final printed product.

Equipment

Charles Brand etching press – 32 x 52”
Praga etching press – 30 x 48”
Hot plate 18” x 24”
Variety of felt and rubber blankets
Stainless steel sink for soaking paper
Rosin box for aquatinting
Ventilated acid room which includes ferric chloride and nitric acid baths
Edwards Pedicut 50″ plate cutter

Supplies

Included supplies: Various sizes of brayers and rollers, various sizes of cutting mats, various rulers and tear bars, light table, drying boards, drying rack, hard ground, Brasso, Softground, Asphaltum, Magnesium Carbonate, Talc, in-house cleaning supplies (solvents, alcohol, sprays, soap, paper-towels)

Members must supply: Metal Plates, Ink, Paper, Gloves, Apron, Respirator

Letterpress

Also called relief printing, or typographic printing — letterpress printing is a process by which many copies of an image are producyed by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. Ink is applied to the raised surface and then paper is pressed directly against it to transfer the text/image.

Equipment

Vandercook Universal II – 18″ wide Bed
Vandercook No. 320 – 20″ wide Bed
Various sizes of brayers and rollers
Lead Cutters
Various Metal & Wooden Furniture
Type-High Gauges
Composing Sticks
Galleys
Lockup bars, quoins and keys
Various metal and wood type

Supplies

Included supplies: various rulers and tear bars, stack paper guillotine, max paper width of 24″, light table, paper drying rack, in-house cleaning supplies (solvents, alcohol, sprays, soap, paper towels, rags)

Members must supply: paper, ink, plates & Blocks, aluminum bases for mounting, photopolymer plates, gloves, apron, respirator

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