Although the screen printing process can be broadly classified into “screen making” and “printing,” “screen making” is the difficult part.
The conventional, emulsion screen making process requires time, skills, and equipment for a business. When the work is performed by an outside printing company, it is expensive and takes time.
In recent years, the most modern digital screen making methods have emerged. However, there are many people reading about this technology who are hesitant to jump on board because they are unclear about functionality and performance.
Taking this into consideration, we have provided an in depth comparison of the GOCCOPRO 100, a highly rated digital screen maker, and emulsion screen making.
We analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Digital screen making requires little equipment
At first, let’s compare the screen making processes.
The emulsion screen making process involves many steps, including stretching the screen on to an aluminum frame, which serves as the first step of the process, followed by coating (using emulsion), drying, exposure, washout, and pinhole correction.
Furthermore, skill is required to perform this work.
It takes an average of two hours when making screens in-house and at least one to three days when the work is performed by a outside printing business.
In contrast, it only takes 105 seconds (*) for the GOCCOPRO 100 to make a screen master from an image, much like using a printer.
Since stretching the image screen onto the frame is easy as well. This means that only 15 minutes is required from the time the print data is sent to the unit to the time printing is initiated.
No special skills or experience are required which allows anyone to make screens.
Because no chemicals or water are used during the process, women will also appreciate this screen making method since it is not rough on the hands.
There is a big difference between digital screen making and conventional screen making in regards to equipment.
Emulsion screen making requires a dark room, exposure machine, and a water supply. This is a large burden in terms of space and money.
However, GOCCOPRO 100’s digital thermal technology eliminates the need for such equipment.
Businesses do not need to worry about storage space for screens since they can be made quickly by simply using artwork data.
Digital screen making is useful for various types of small lot printing applications
In emulsion screen making, even fine lines are presented in sharp detail.
However, prints created by digital screens made by the GOCCOPRO 100 are not of any less quality.
Since gradation printing is possible, halftones are beautifully reproduced.
Lastly, let’s take a look at cost.
Using GOCCOPRO 100, each screen can be created for approximately 800 yen (*)
In contrast, prices for emulsion screens generally range from around 6,000 to 12,000 yen (**) when the work is performed by an outside printing business.
When taking into consideration equipment and labor expenses even when the work is performed in-house, digital screen making wins over emulsion screen making due to its lower cost.
In recent years there has been a strong trend for various types of small lot silk printing orders. It can be said that digital screen making matches the times due to its simplicity, speed, and low cost.