Screen printing is an old and proven print method. A flat screen is set up close to and directly above the material to be printed. The screen acts as the printing plate and consists of a fine-mesh metal or plastic material, stretched over a frame. This material contains the stencil, which reproduces the desired print image. The printing ink is spread over the template with a squeegee and transferred onto the substrate using pressure. In screen printing, the quality and thickness of the ink layer is determined by the screen material, mesh count, screen thickness, distance between the upper and lower sides of the screen, and mesh opening size. Different materials and shapes can be printed on using this method.
Typical application fields for screen printing are textiles, fabrics, toys, printed electronics in the automotive industry, packaging and posters.