Commercial printing presses are pricey, complex pieces of machinery, but hobbyists and small printers can build a simple sticker printing machine with basic hand tools and basically available parts. Screen printing is the simplest technique for sticker printing, and a small flat-bed screen press will produce excellent quality stickers in small batches. Though screen printing of stickers is similar to t-shirt printing in technique, the screen and inks used are different. Particular advice on materials necessary to print different sticker types can be gotten from your local ink and supply distributor, along with the screen printing hinge clamps to complete the press.
1. First measure the center of the plywood, two inches from the outside edge with a measuring tape and use a pencil to mark it.
2. In the second step measure three inches out from the center on each side and use a pencil to mark it.
3. Center the screen printing hinge clamps on the inch marks on either side of the middle, and mark the screw hole locations with a pencil.
4. Drill pilot hole for the screws, in the exact area where it is marked by the pencil for the screw holes with a drill. Be sure to use a drill bit that is smaller than the screws provided with the hinges and drill to depth approximately ½ the screw length.
5. Place the hinges in position and use screwdriver to tighten the screws.
6. Screen printing screen should be installed on the press by inserting the screen into the hinge clamps, and tightening the built in thumbscrews.
7. Place a sheet of sticker material on the plywood by lifting the screen.
8. Measure all sides using a tape measure and lower the screen and center the sticker with the screen image. Several tries may be necessary to center the sheet.
9. Using a double sided tape installed cardboard strips on the outside edge of the sticker material. One strip should be stripped on the top and another one strip on one side that will act as a placement gauge for sheet loading.
10. Remove the sticker material sheet, and spray a light coating of spray adhesive to the plywood where the sticker material will be placed. Permit to dry for minute before re-loading the sticker material, and smoothing flat with hand. The press is now prepared for ink and printing.
These are some useful tips that will help you to build a sticker printing machines. Now day’s stickers are becoming more popular, so if you are thinking to start a sticker printing, you need a good sticker printing machine.
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