Screen making better than ever
Electronic engineer Andreas Ferndriger (a Screen-Printing veteran of over 30 years) states that the conventional screen making process still consists of an overbearing number of steps.
These generally include the creation of the artwork and data input, RIP, image setting, film processing and correction, mounting and positioning, vacuum processing, MH lamp exposure, development, drying, retouching, finishing, final inspection as well as, lastly, the actual printing of the piece. Obviously, this is a LOT of hoops to jump through and most of it unnecessary when working with an updated process. Once this process is streamlined through automation (means via CtS digital screen creation) the advantages are obvious.
The CtS process is much more efficient than conventional processes. It allows the printers to bypass nearly all of the screen preparation process and - instead - opt for direct exposure. Since the screens will be exposed directly there is NO NEED for complicated and time-consuming filming, montage or vacuum framing procedures. This also means added benefits of much smoother textures, tone and colour transitions within the images and improved detail. Lastly, overall costs will decrease - meaning manufacturers and consumer get much-improved screens for far less cost!