Aluminium and Wooden Screens

When it comes to choosing a screen there is usually a choice of either wooden frames or aluminium. Frames can be manufactured to bespoke sizes and shapes to suit a wide variety of applications.

Aluminium Screens

Aluminium screens are the most popular choice simply because of their durability and stability.

Aluminium screens will last a lifetime and can be recovered time and time again.

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Wooden Screens

Wooden screens are still very popular in certain circumstances as they are relatively low cost.

They are well made and durable but often considered disposable having completed large print runs.

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Frame Size Advice

We offer a varied selection of popular standard sized screens to suit most applications.

When choosing a frame size for your project you should take into consideration your squeegee stroke and your ink reservoir. You don’t want to be hitting the side of the frame with your squeegee before you have completed your stroke and you don’t want your ink to running into your image area.

As examples of image to screen compatible sizes a 16″x19″ outside dimension aluminium framed screen is ideal for an A4 sized print and a 24″ x 19″ would suit an A3 sized print.

Custom sizes
We are happy to manufacture either aluminium or wooden framed screens to any custom size. We can even CNC cut frames from 18mm Birch plywood which means there are no joints and very precise tolerances can be met. ideal for smaller screens for industrial printing.

Selecting your mesh count

Mesh count is the amount of threads crossing per square centimetre. The more threads, the smaller the opening.

For example, 110t mesh has 110 threads per cm giving a fairly fine open area for ink to pass through. A 43t mesh is in a more open allowing for more ink to pass through.

Generally, a 43t mesh is ideal for printing fabric dye based inks and Plastisol types. 110t is most suitable for solvent based inks used to print onto pvc, correx, display board, powder coated/painted product etc.

There are other factors that will affect the amount of ink that is deposited – stencil thickens, squeegee rubber hardiness, ink viscosity, squeegee pressure and also substrate porosity. A textile/fabric like Tshirt material will absorb ink where as a PVC sheet will not, the ink will sit on top and bond to the surface.

Your ink supplier will also be well placed to offer advice on mesh counts specific to their particular types of ink.