Screenprinting Dominates in Durability
While the screenprinting process itself may be little changed, developments in inks and equipment are yielding exciting results and prompting new applications.
Recent modifications in acrylic-based inks allow more organic qualities to be achieved. Yates explained that special additives will produce a unique and creative tactile relief pattern or a braille effect on labels. This technique can be used with a variety of substrate materials to add an extra dimension to graphics, highlight a logo or create a decorative grip panel.
In addition to enhancing aesthetic appeal, the process provides practical opportunities for use with the visually impaired—including warning labels on chemicals and household products—as well as on signage and in publications. Other options achievable by this method include fine line work, solid area motifs and metallic and embossed effects.
By Maggie DeWitt