This is a good video of a working screen printing shop. Christine in the video started in her basement so that’s cool to see the progression. There is an offer for her book as well. I have not bought the book but I am thinking about picking it up. Have a look.
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.