• 300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

Silk Screening Department

Silk Screening is a photographic process that transfers artwork onto a porous nylon screen which allows a custom color ink to flow through the screen and be deposited on an aluminum or plastic component. At Tri-State Fabricators, we generally screen smaller parts in smaller to medium quantities. We can generally have just about any design created onto a screen for your parts. You are always more than welcome to stop in to see some silk screening samples. We take great pride in all of our silk screening applications!

Our Equipment

  • Large Silk Screening Setup Table
  • Screen Storage Room
  • Wide Variety of Ink

What is Silk Sreening?

Silk Screening is a printing technique where by a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. A blade squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate momentarily along a line of contact. This causes the ink to wet the substrate and be pulled out of the mesh apertures as the screen springs back after the blade has passed.

Silk Screening is also a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and by wetting the substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate. It is also known as screen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multi-colored image or design.