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From: Harry Davidson
Subject: Re: silkscreening a front panel
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Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2003 05:00:08 GMT
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On Thu, 09 Jan 2003 00:38:05 GMT, "Richard Soennichsen"
>Has anyone any experience with doing their own silkscreening? I am trying
>to silkscreen a front panel. (powder coated alluminum) I used photo
>emulsion exposed through a mask made out of a transparency on a laser
>printer. The screen came out very nice. I am having trouble getting an
>even, non-smudged print. Any help would be appreciated.
I do this all the time. Your problem could be caused by lots of things
but the first one I would suspect is that you probably have the screen
in contact with the surface to be printed. You *must* have it clear of
the surface, usually by about 3 to 5 mm (depending on various things
such as screen size and tension). This clearance is called the "snap"
in the industry terminology and is not optional.
If that's not the problem, I could suggest other possible causes - but
take a look at that first. Feel free to email me if you would like to
get into details.
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