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What equipment essentials does a beginner screen printer need?

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Basic equipment needs include a computer with design software and an output device to create film, screens, a coating trough, an exposure unit with a vacuum frame, a developing sink, a pressure washer, drying racks, a reclaim sink, ink, a scale, a color matching system, and a press. 

If you have the initial capital, some extras you might want to think about include an automatic coating system, automatic Computer-to-Screen (CTS) output with onboard exposure, automatic developing with pre-registration fixturing for ease of setup, and an automatic reclaim system. 

   —GraphicElephants.com

Lon Winters

Lon Winters

At 21 years old, Lon Winters was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won 50+ garment decorating awards and honors, and he's served 15+ years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led various industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry. www.graphicelephants.com.

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