Screen transfer

Screen transfer Info

The major advantage of screen transfer is that the only investment is the transfer sheets. After this, it is easy to print item by item, which means that the high textile costs can be spread over a longer period. It is also suitable for various bases (polyester, cotton, nylon, etc).

Advantages:

  • Suitable for medium-sized print runs
  • Can be printed item by item (subject to investment in the transfer sheets)
  • Item by item printing can be done fairly quickly
  • Fairly long lasting if washed correctly
  • Unlimited choice of colours (using Pantone shades or digital transfer)
  • Can work with rasters
  • Very fine details are possible (but not recommended)
  • Involves one-off (film) costs
  • Possible on various types of bases (polyester, cotton, nylon, etc.)

Disadvantages:

  • Not suitable for very small print runs
  • Small investment for item by item printing
  • More sensitive than serigraphy
  • Overly small details are sometimes lost
  • Slow procedure to achieve finished transfer sheet
Screen transfer

Screen transfer (also known simply as Transfer) starts with the same procedure as ordinary serigraphy. The biggest difference between transfer and ordinary serigraphy is the base on which the print is made. Whereas with ordinary serigraphy, the textile is laid on the processing plates, screen transfer uses a sort of paper with a silicone layer. The ink is printed directly onto the paper. Just as with ordinary serigraphy, a different screen is used for each colour. The last colour, usually a covering underlayer or a blocker (special ink that counters the sublimation effect of polyester), is also sprinkled with a thin layer of adhesive.

The transfer sheet is passed through a drying tunnel to guarantee optimal quality. This also applies for the final underlayer with the thin layer of adhesive.

Once the final layer is dry, the transfer sheet is ready for use.

The transfer sheet is then printed on the garment using a hot press.

Special transfer machines can also be used, which are more compact than ordinary serigraphy machines. These are produced specifically to make transfers.