The basics of the Silkscreen Printing process have remained the same since the 15th century in Japan where the process was used to print on silk and other fabrics. The process became commonly used in the early 20th century for printing flags and advertising banners for retail use in England and America.
Here's how it works
A print is made using a stencil in which an image is superimposed on a very fine mesh screen, then ink is forced through the stencil with a squeegee onto the surface of the item being printed.
For an in-depth understanding of the process, this 9-minute video demonstrates it in great detail.
Silkscreen Printing is most commonly thought of as a way to decorate T-shirts and other fabrics but the process has been adapted for imprinting on many other surfaces like metal, plastic, and glass.
Here's a video created by one of our bottle manufacturers that shows how the process has been adapted to print on a round, plastic water bottle.
As you saw in the bottle video, the imprint on that bottle will last for 5 years using the silkscreen process. Many other processes are utilized in the printing of irregular shaped items like bottles, pens and backpacks.
In future emails we'll help you sort out processes like flexo printing, pad printing, and heat stamping so that your brand will be showcased on a product that your customer will use for years.
In the meantime, contact Markit Motion to work out the bugs for you.