Screen Printing – Stainless steel Wire mesh

March 28, 2014

Stainless steel (SS) wire mesh is a commodity material that manufacturing companies use in many different ways for both industrial and household products. Screen printing is one application that utilizes wire mesh.

Screen printing is defined by Wikipedia as “a printing technique that uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil to receive a desired image. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink or other printable materials which can be pressed through the mesh as a sharp-edged image onto a substrate.”

According to a Feb. 2014 “Research and Markets” article, U.S. commercial screen printing industry shipments will reach $8 billion (US dollars) by 2017.

Perhaps screen printers can take a look into changing their process in screen printing by using SS wire woven mesh. The dimensional stability and durability of SS wire mesh can enhance the screen printing process. The number of threads per inch will determine how fine the screen is, and this helps in precise ink deposit control.

The popular online guide eHow states that industrial printers mostly use this approach for their printing. Textile printers normally use a coarser mesh as they need a heavier ink deposit. Wire mesh cloth can be made from many other materials with various specifications.

Link- Access Inc. offers a variety of custom made wire mesh products, supplying to a large number of customers in the USA.