The title to an article in the most recent Images Magazine caught my eye . . . . “If you’re taking on a new screen printer, what are the key skills they need to learn in order to be able to become a trusted ink slinger?”

It’s a good question but the answer, not so much. Not because it didn’t contain some useful information, but because the useful stuff was hidden among some truly annoying and pathetic attempt at Monty Pythonesque humour. To read the article is to wonder if the author was more intent on being funny than being informative.

So, to save you the tortuous experience of reading the full article, I’ve extracted some useful points:

  • It’s easier to make a new printer than buy one.
  • Teach the fundamentals that control the deposit of ink on the substrate – mesh, blade, speed, pressure, and angle.
  • Back off pressure until the failure point is found.
  • Do not assume that what worked on the last job will work on the next. Be prepared to adjust.

That’s it. The rest of the article . . .  well, you don’t need to spend any time on it.