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Circular Screen Printing Technique

General Information

Circular screen printing is a method of printing that can only be applied to regular surfaces with a round or cylindrical base. Ink is applied directly to the product surface using a special mesh and then fixed during a drying phase. A stencil pattern is used to block certain areas of the product to achieve the desired logo shape. Ink is placed on the mesh and then pushed through it onto the product surface while rotating parallel to the printing frame. This process allows for one color reproduction at a time, requiring the use of multiple screens to create multicolor images or logos. At the end of this process, the item undergoes a drying process inside a dedicated tunnel. This fixes the ink to the surface. Circular screen printing results in a durable print over time and offers the ability to print in multiple colors. Sharp and durable images can be achieved on a variety of materials.

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Customization and Production Times

The circular screen printing technique is highly versatile and suitable for working on various cylindrical regular materials and surfaces. Customization can occur almost entirely across the entire product area. Production times in circular screen printing can vary greatly depending on the complexity of the design, image dimensions, and quantity of pieces to be produced. Generally, the screen printing process takes longer than digital printing techniques because it involves multiple stages including drying. However, the economic benefits of this methodology are highlighted when producing large quantities of prints. It offers high-quality and long-lasting results over time.

Colors and Materials

Circular screen printing is a printing method that offers a wide range of colors and is suitable for application on various types of materials. Logos can only be printed in one color. Inks used are available in a variety of recognizable shades through Pantone colors. It is important to note that circular screen printing does not allow for creating gradients. This printing process is successfully used on various materials. Among the most commonly used are: plastic, polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyethylene (PE), PVC, metal, glass, ceramics, wood, paper, and fabrics such as polyester, nylon, and cotton. It is a widely used process that allows for durable and high-quality results on material surfaces.

Maximum Number of Possible Colors

The choice of inks can vary widely. However, for each product and customization, only one printing color can be applied.

Equipment and Support Materials

Circular screen printing represents a highly versatile and precise printing method, but it is essential to use suitable equipment and materials to achieve excellent results. There are additional costs for the printing setup, so this technique is recommended for large production volumes.

Engraving and Customization Costs

The costs of circular screen printing are influenced by various factors. Among the most relevant are: the size of the image, the type of material used, the amount of ink coverage, and the desired number of copies. Generally, the greater the quantity of items to be printed, the lower the unit cost because the printing setup cost is optimized.

Products Suitable for Circular Screen Printing

Circular screen printing finds application on a wide range of materials and surfaces. Among the most commonly used products are: water bottles, thermoses, bracelets, mugs, pens, and carafes.

Warnings

Undoubtedly, circular screen printing is a widely used and extremely precise technique. However, it is a printing method that can only be applied to products with cylindrical shapes and only one color can be applied per product.