Screen printing is a printing process that involves using a stencil to print an image onto a fabric screen, such as mesh. For each design, separate screens with different colors will be provided by the manufacturer, and the screens are then placed on top of the surface that will have the design image.
The manufacturer follows a process called serigraphy, which describes swiping ink across the screen onto the desired image until all colors are used for the final product. Screen printing can be done on many different platforms which include cotton paper, plastic, metal, glass. Additionally, screen printing is performed on cotton fabrics very commonly.
Screen printing is usually a lengthy process, especially when done manually. However, advances in automation, faster dryers, and ultraviolet light that cures ink have all played a role in minimizing production speed.
Screen printing has several advantages which involve a matching of colors, a broader selection of materials, a variety of shapes to print designs, and the capability to produce a high volume of products. In terms of color matching, the manufacturer can use screen printing on darker materials particularly, and this process allows true color inks to be used for the exact colors that the customer requested.
One can use screen printing on virtually any material simply because ink is being placed on the substrate’s surface. A customer can have its designs completed on a number of shapes because screen printing can be produced manually. Because screen printing can produce images at a high volume, this process is more cost-effective than digital printing because the screens can be used repeatedly.
Digital printing is a printing process that involves using graphics software to send images to a printer directly. The manufacturer can then create an image with the printer by spraying ink with thin layers onto the substrate of the customer’s choice. Manufacturers can print faster copies of products with digital printing than screen printing because the setup is less time-consuming.
Digital printing has numerous advantages in terms of detailing, flexibility, price, quantity, and speed. If you want to produce complex images or artwork, then digital printing would be ideal for its precision and intricate details on the product.
According to its flexibility, digital printing allows one to manipulate an object using Photoshop without increasing production times and cost. If you want to produce small or medium size orders, then digital printing will allow you to use minimal steps to complete an order with just a printer, ink, and substrate.
Not only will this process be quicker than screen printing, but also the production cost would be lower for less use of materials and production time. Digital printing would be the better choice for requesting small quantity orders to avoid setup charges and the requirements for minimum orders.
Choosing between screen printing and digital printing depends solely on the customer’s needs for the order. Understanding the advantages of these printing methods will help the customer to make the right decision.