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Screen Printers Name the Most Innovative Technologies They Saw in 2021

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Screen Printers Name the Most Innovative Technologies They Saw in 2021

What is the most innovative screen printing technology you’ve witnessed, purchased, or heard about this year?

  • At the [Impressions] tradeshow in Dallas, seeing a laser exposure unit and learning about how it worked was mind-blowing. — Gavin StGeorges, Proud TShirts, Miami, Florida
  • Digital transfers. — John Wilhemsen, Distinct Impressions, Tucson, Arizona
  • We got a new dryer (Aeolus), which not only looks great but doubled our production. A close second is a new flash with footswitch on our manual press. — Andy MacDougall, MacDougall Screen Printing, Royston, British Columbia, Canada
  • Digital is coming in a major way. — Eric Solomon, Night Owls, Houston, Texas
  • I have not seen anything too new and exciting this year. I have been looking into DTG quite a bit though, and I would like to see some input on the varying technology in that field. — Shamus Barrett, 7 Corners Printing, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • The laser computer to screen technology from Grunig and Signtronic looks amazing.” — Shannon McKinnon, St. Peters – New South Wales, Sydney

  • The emulsion-free screen making system that you print your screens with a thermal printer was pretty interesting at Impressions Expo in Ft. Worth. — Joe Ortinau, Ortinau Art, Pemberville, Ohio
  • New transfer material. — Kristin Deutsch, Hair of the Dog Graphics, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
  • I like the laser lineup that Stahls has created. Not new, but new to us. — Jim Heiser, Bullseye Active Wear, Brunswick, Ohio
  • I’ve been experimenting with simulated embroidery out of a screen press. It’s looking pretty good so far. — Joshua Rogers, Grunt Style, Carol Stream, Illinois
  • M&R Digital Squeegee. — Steve Knight, Dynagraphic Screen Printing, Holly Springs, North Carolina
  • Hybrid digital and screen printing. But this technology didn’t come out this year; it’s just getting more popular as shops see the significant changes they can make to their workflow by adopting this technology. — Marshall Atkinson, Atkinson Consulting, Mesa, Arizona
  • I haven’t upgraded or advanced anything… LED lighting? Hahaha! Advances in discharge inks are pretty cool. — Eric Carnell, Independence Printage Corp, Bellevue, Washington


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