It's been just a touch crazy around the shop here lately. This can mostly be attributed to a larger than expected travel schedule during a season that should be full of "office work". Of course, I can't complain about any of this, but it has caused a few things to fall by the wayside in order to keep up, most notably, this blog. Now, I don't want anybody to get the idea that we have been setting here twiddling our thumbs, so I wrangled up some pics of all the stuff that we have been working on over the past month. I then trashed everything that I have an NDA on and ended up with the few pics below. Business, or something like that.
I used to do a lot of screen printing, posters, textiles, you name it, but do to the "homeless situation" I haven't really been doing much of it over the past few years. By homeless, I mean my equipment was homeless, not me. I had one of those old Riley Hopkins 6 color presses and that thing needs like 10x10' just to set up. I kept telling myself that it would be a good thing to hold onto, but I finally decided to get rid of it a few weeks ago. I was a little bit sad to see it go, but it certainly wasn't doing anybody any good sitting in a storage unit.
To replace it, I purchased a little "Silver Press" 4 color, one station tabletop press. You can see what it looks like in the first picture above. I bolted it onto a stand that I was using for a single color press with a vacuum hold down table for poster printing. You can also see some brand new frames bolted onto the press. These will get stretched with 110 yellow mesh sometime in the near future. They barely clear the ceiling.
One of the things that I really like about this little press is the way that the arms attach to the rotation plate. The holes are all drilled round, and the alignment is handled by self adjusting bearings on either side of the arm. This means that there is nothing to be bumped out of alignment and nothing that can loosen up over time.
The other thing I like is that you can adjust the off-contact of the screen without moving it out of level. You can see the adjustment mechanism behind the screen clamp. This is important, because moving the stop point on the arm up or down not only changes the off contact, but it also changes the angle of the screen in relation to the pallet. The screen and the pallet must be on the same plane if there is to be consistent off-contact. This is easier to demonstrate then to explain.