The Creation of the Merchmakr Screen Printing Press

by Gary Jurman September 25, 2013

We're getting set to launch our first Kickstarter campaign. It may seem like we are at the beginning of a journey, but merchmakr has been over a year in the making. Here's some of the stuff we've done throughout 2013 just to get us ready.
  • Experiments and prototype manufacturing galore.
  • Back and forth with oodles of manufactures, from fabricators to extruders, and mold makers to rapid prototyping firms
  • Asking our existing customers tons of questions about what they want and why they need it
  • design and redesign using many different CAD programs including FreeCad, Sketchup, Rhino, and Inventor
  • lawyers and patent applications
  • learning the difference between pipes and tubes
  • Endless trips to Lowes and Home Depot
  • Speaking in the tongues of metric and standard, SLA, FDM, ABS, and PLA
  • more and more
...and just when the search seems hopeless, it's Craigslist to the rescue. Again and again. -- Gary
Gary Jurman
Gary Jurman

Gary Jurman has been in the screen printing industry for more than 30 years. He originally owned and operated a screen printing company Red Alert Screen Printing (1998-2017) for about nineteen years before selling it in January 2017, to focus on DIY Screen Printing Supplies. He continued in an advisory and on-boarding capacity for the new owner from Jan. 2017 - August 2017. He was born in Queens, New York, but he spent most of his life in Florida. He has a b.s. in general studies from New College of Sarasota, where he founded the screen printing club. Most members of his family are business owners, so it was not surprising that he chose entrepreneurship after graduation. He has taught private screen printing classes, and with his advice and technical support, he has helped many people new to the industry bootstrap their way into business. He is the driving force in product development at DIY Screen Printing Supplies.


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