Screen Making Product Guide
The quality of your screen printed product starts with the quality of your screen. All Workhorse screen exposure systems feature digital time control for accurate and repeatable exposure times and a powerful vacuum hold-down system which provides intimate film to screen contact for maximum image resolution. If your plans call for producing a moderate number of simple, athletic type designs, the LUMITRON may be all that you will ever need. To produce a moderate number of higher resolution designs, choose the POINT1000 and if you want to produce a high number of screens of the highest possible resolution choose the PHOTOSHARP.
Do you want to produce simple or highly detailed designs? While, simple and athletic designs still make up the majority of screen printed images, the latest software and clip art make producing complex art work more simple than ever.
GOOD: Lumitron’s UV Fluorescent Light Source reproduces coarse halftones and line art designs.
BETTER: Point1000’s Halogen / UV Light Source reproduces halftone and fine line designs.
BEST: PhotoSharp’s Focused Metal Halide Light Source reproduces the most detailed halftone and fine line designs.
Do you use smaller Manual or larger Automatic Size Screens or a combination of both? If you have space limitations, a small exposure unit will fit the bill. If automation is in the future, you may want to consider a larger exposure unit.
BETTER: Unlike other table-top exposure units that only fit one manual sized screen, Lumitron handles either a manual or automatic sized screen up to Large 23x31”/ 58x79cm O.D.
BEST: Point1000 and PhotoSharp handles manual or automatic size screens up to 25x36”/63x91cm O.D.
DAILY SCREEN THROUGHPUT:
How many screens do you want to produce in a day? New, small, home-based or pre-print companies may only need to produce a moderate number
of new screens per day. Growing businesses or those with plans for growth are likely to need to produce a higher number of new screens per day.
GOOD: Lumitron UV Fluorescent Light Source produces a moderate number of new screens a day.
BETTER: Point1000 Halogen / UV Light Source produces a higher number of new screens a day.
BEST: PhotoSharp’s Shuttered, Dual-Spectrum Metal Halide Light Source produces the highest number of new screens a day including thick, high-density screens.
DIRECT EMULSION OR CAPILLARY FILM TYPE:
What type of Direct Emulsion or Capillary Film do you plan to use? Photopolymer sensitized materials are typically the fastest and most expensive. Diazo sensitized materials are typically slower and the least expensive while Dual-Cure (a combination of Photopolyer and Diazo) are moderately priced and moderately quick.
GOOD: Lumitron’s UV Fluorescent Light Source is compatible to Diazo emulsion and is ideal for Photopolymer or Dual-Cure sensitized emulsion.
Lumitron is not suitable for thick, high-density stencils.
BETTER: Point1000 is compatible with with Diazo and is ideal for those Photopolymer or Dual-Cure sensitized emulsion. Point1000 is not suitable for thick, high-density stencils.
BEST: PhotoSharp’s dual spectrum lamp is compatible with emulsions or capillary films sensitized with Diazo, Photopolymer or Dual-Cure sensitized. PhotoSharp is ideal for thick, high-density emulsions.
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