Merchmakr-Compatible 17" x 17" Aluminum Screen Printing Screen

These professional grade aluminum pre-stretched screen printing screens are extruded from high grade aluminum and hand-welded in the USA, ensuring a strong structure and durable life. The 17" x 17" HotSwap-Ready screen frame is ideal for the Merchmakr All-in-One Screen Printing Kit. Aluminum frames eliminate some problems that can occur with wood frames like warping. While the aluminum is a little more expensive, unless you are buying a lot of frames the cost difference is not that much.
Great for printing plastisol inks and some waterbased inks.

Mesh Count

Works with

Works with Merchmakr Works with Yudu Works with any standard screen printing system

 

Choosing Your Mesh Count

The mesh count of your screen is kind of like resolution on a computer, or thread count on a set of sheets. It tells you the number of lines per inch on the screen, or more importantly, how big the holes in the mesh are. The smaller the holes, the more you can print detailed, thin lines and tiny dots. It's tempting to get the highest resolution screen possible, but thick inks like white or glitter become really hard—or impossible—to print. So it's important to get the right screen for the design and ink you're trying to use. For more information, check out our our learning center post on choosing the right mesh for your design. Here's a quick summary:

40 mesh is great for use with larger particle inks like crystalina or glitter.

86 mesh is great for use with shimmer or metallic inks, and also thicker inks that may be tough to get through the mesh like lighter colors and specialty inks.

110 mesh is what comes standard with the Yudu Screen Printing kit. It is good for medium detail images where the fonts are larger and the lines are not too thin. Also good for use with lighter colored inks that may need more coverage.

155 mesh is a great most-purpose screen. It can do double-duty, where it is good for use with larger fields of ink, but also does a nice job with fonts that are no less than 12pts and lines not thinner than a pencil lead.

200 mesh is for when a 155 just can't capture the detail. Sometimes your design has some 1 pt lines in it or 10 point fonts that tend to close up with the lower resolution screens. 200 mesh can often do the job when you have a compromise between coverage and detail in your graphics.

230 mesh can do 1/2 point lines and keep your tiny fonts more readable. It's not a good choice when you need good coverage, especially with larger fields of ink. It is sometimes a good choice for overprinting a flashed underbase, especially if the underbase has a nice flat finish.

305 mesh is good if you are experimenting with super-thin inks, or your design has tiny details that you otherwise have a lot of trouble capturing.

Specifications

Outer Dimensions: 17" Wide x 17" Tall
Inner Dimension: 14.25" Wide x 14.25" Tall
Squeegee Size: Up to 13"

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