May 8th Show Notes – Screen Printing Shop Calibration

May 8th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. We will be talking Shop Calibration with Dave Gehrich, VP of Sales with Atlas Screen Supplies. This is a conversation on how Atlas Screen helps their customers to a tune up on their processes and procedures. Even if you are not close enough to welcome Dave and his team into your shop this episode will give you some tools to improve TODAY. Screen printing is the orchestration of variables. No talent can or seniority can produce a quality product if the shop is out of tune.

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Quick Tip February 13th, 2015 by Terry Combs

Choosing and Exposure Unit – First, all UV output light sources can expose a screen. The question then becomes a matter of efficiency during the exposure process. Our recommendation is to choose the highest wattage you can afford, and a vacuum attachment that will hold your screen and artwork tightly against the glass.

A quick note on units with a vacuum attachment. A small diameter rope will likely come in the box. It is not packing material, so don’t throw it away. The rope is laid on the glass near where the vacuum hose attached to the rubber blanket cover. The other end of the rope is draped over your screen. Be careful not to have the rope lay across the area of the screen where your artwork is placed. When the vacuum is turned on, the rope will create a channel for the air to be pulled out from the inside of the screen. That’s where we need the vacuum to do its work.

Quick Tip January 30th, 2015 by Terry Combs

Film Output for Screen Printers – I’m often asked, “What should I buy to create film positives?” Today, your best bet is the Epson 1430 printer, available for about $300. You’ll need RIP software to produce halftone dots. Most common is FilmMaker (formerly FastRIP) or AccuRIP. Both are $495. FilmMaker is PC only. AccuRIP can be purchased in PC or Mac versions.


Quick Tip January 9th, 2014 by Terry Combs

Screen Print Set-up – For a quick screen printing set up on the press, place a registration mark centered at the top and bottom of each film. You can do this in any art program, and have it duplicate on each film. Then, with your T-square, draw a line straight down your shirt platen. Line up the two registration marks on each screen to this vertical line and your artwork with be perfectly square and centered when you go to print.

Quick Tip November 7th, 2014 by Terry Combs 

Thinning your plastisol inks – Thixotropic, so first option is room temp and stir. Second, curable reducer.

Quick Tip September 26th, 2014 by Terry Combs

Curing screen printing inkTemperature Strips to test for proper cure.

January 24th 2014 Show Notes – Screen Printing Chemicals Discussion

January 24th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast discussion with Dave Gehrich about screen printing chemicals. Dave brings a wealth of knowledge from years at ICC and now with Atlas Screen Supply. He is also on a one man mission to rid the world of dip tanks so check it out.

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Live from ISS Long Beach Show Notes

Imprinted Sportswear ShowJanuary 18th Show Audio

This episode was a very special one for us and was also the first time we have done the show live from another event. We came to you all live from the Impressions Magazine booth at the ISS Long Beach 2014 show. Here is the list of wonderful guests we had stop by and chat with us.

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January 10th 2014 Show Notes – Separations with Mitch Different

January 10th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast from our second season in 2014 so you can get more details. Terry and Aaron are pleased to welcome in a wonderful guest, Mitch Different, that gives us a ton of information about color separations, artwork and screen printing.

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November 15th, 2013 Show Notes – Corel DRAW Tips and Tricks

Corel Draw Tips and TricksNovember 15th Show Audio

Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast from November 15th, 2013, so you can get more details on some of the items we discussed. The guys were joined by Jay Busselle who is a CorelDraw expert and gave us lots of information and plenty to Corel Draw Tips and Tricks. Continue reading