Most of the commercial screen printing exposure units have a vacuum blanket made of rubber. The screen is positioned on the unit and then a vacuum blanket is closed and clamped down. A vacuum pump then removes all the air and the rubber molds around the screen and that put pressure down on the artwork attached to the screen. I have also seen some home made versions that look like they work pretty good also.
I haven’t built a vacuum blanket yet for my exposure unit so I hold it all down with weight. I bought a piece of 1/4″ plate glass from the glass shop and I put that down inside the screen frame and then put a piece of Styrofoam on top of that. Then I put a weight plate and a water jug or a full laundry detergent container on top of all that to add more weight. It works good. I am going to build a vacuum blanket some day and that will replace the weight. So, I made a video to help explain what I tried to describe above.
AdvancedTshirts.com have posted a video on the “Introduction to CorelDRAW X6 for Beginners”
This video is a part of a complete Corel X6 tutorial training series. It is amazing what these folks give away for free. I have been watching their videos for years and have purchased their products. It is great stuff. I am going through the tutorials to also learn about CorelX6.
If you have ever thought of starting a screen printing business this video gives some good tips. Esca is a great example of someone who started out small building his own press and exposure unit. It don’t take much money to get started but, it takes work creativity and persistence. Have a look.
If you have ever wondered how an automatic screen printing press works, this video is for you. In this clip Jonathan from Catspit Productions gives a good overview of the workings of an M&R diamondback 7 color press. This is one awesome press and would scare the crap out of me.
I got an email from Will in SC asking about screen printing skate boards. I have never printed skate boards but thought it would be cool. I went over to YT and found this video about a company that screen prints skate boards. They do awesome work. Check it out.
Advancedtshirts.com has just released free training videos for Advanced t-shirt design using Corel Draw. I have been following these guys for a long time and they are awesome designers. Their videos are also very good. If you go over and watch them, tell us what you think.