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Screen Printing

A Screen printing (traditionally called silkscreen printing) is a printing technique where a piece of mesh stretched over a frame is used to transfer ink onto an item, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade or squeegee moves ink across the stenciled screen, with slight pressure, in order to transfer the design onto the item. One color is printed at a time, so several screens must be used to produce a multi-colored image or design. Once the ink is transferred to the item, the item is run through a large dryer that cures the ink to the fabric. Gray’s Cappie Sportswear employs both a manual screen printing machine as well as an automatic machine.