The Theory and Practice of UV Screenprinting

Welcome to the second edition of The Theory and Practice of UV Screenprinting. The original has been used as not only an introduction to ultra-violet screenprinting but also for those who wanted to take their printing skills to the next level. Within the 204 pages, you will find 23 chapters with a comprehensive study of UV screenprinting from the Master Printer of Fine Arts, Michel Caza, with over 350 awards for his work printing several thousand original serigraphs for artists worldwide.

The table of contents below shows how well the book covers the entire process of UV screenprinting.

Chapter 1: What is UV Printing?

Drying or Curing
UV Inks
Change of Condition

Chapter 2: The Theory of UV

Theory Basis
UV Wave Length
Parasitic Radiation

Chapter 3: UV Radiation: How Does It Work?

UV Inks

Chapter 4: Action and Effect of Photoinitiators

Photoinitiator Role
Absorption Characteristics
Reaction Speed
Incidental Factors

Chapter 5: The “Center of Reaction”

Inert Atmosphere
Advantages (theoretic)
Oxygen Inhibition
Minimum Ink Deposit

Chapter 6: The Additives

Classical Additives
Shelf Stability
Viscosity Adjusters
Liquid Monomers

Chapter 7: Other Factors Influencing the Reaction: The Pigments

Curing Speed
Transparent UV Inks

Chapter 8: Incidence of the “UV Factor” on the Characteristics of Inks

No influence of the UV factor
Some influence of the UV factor
Ink Mileage
The total influence of the UV factor

Chapter 9: What Produces UV Radiation?

Surface Coverage = form of the lamp
Predominating Lamps

Chapter 10: The Lamps

Mercury Vapor
Pulsed Xenon
Quartz Lamps
Wavelength Cocktail
Lamp Life
Heating and Cooling
Hyper Frequency Generation

Chapter 11: The Reflectors

Distance and Focalization
Elliptical Reflector

Chapter 12: Additional Problems

Emitted Heat
Cooling by Air Alone
Cooling by water circulation around the reflector
With the Addition of a Heat Pump
Cooling Units
UV-LEDs lamps
Start and restart times of the lamps
Ozone production
How to eliminate this ozone?
Eye and skin protection
The conveyor belt

Chapter 13: Advantages and Disadvantages of UV Inks

A. Technical and screenprinting advantages
B. Economic Advantages
C. Technical and Screenprinting Disadvantages
D. Economic Disadvantages

Chapter 14: Advantages and Disadvantages of UV Curing Units

A. Technical and Screenprinting Advantages
B. Economic Advantages
C. Technical Disadvantages

Chapter 15: What can and cannot be printed with UV

What We Cannot Print With UV
Halftone and Four-Color Printing
Printed Circuits and object printing
Substrate Size
What We Can Print

Chapter 16: 18 Misconceptions about UV

Chapter 17: The “Three Big Questions” About UV

A. Whether to Accept or Reject UV
Shop Size
B. Is UV Printing “Qualitatively” and “Commercially” Satisfactory?
C. What Exactly Does UV Technology Mean to Modifications of Materials, Products, and Training in the Plant?
1. Equipment
2. Materials
3. Training

Chapter 18: The Choice of Mesh

UV Calendered Meshes

Chapter 19: ScreenMaking (Stencils)

The direct-indirect method
The Direct Method
The Indirect Method
Capillary Films

Chapter 20: The Halftone Plate (Stencil) For UV Printing

100 lines/inch fabric on macro-porous substrates
100 Lines/Inch on porous substrates
100 Lines/Inch on slightly porous substrates
100 Lines/Inch on microporous substrates

Chapter 21: Printing

The Fill (Flood) Blade
The Squeegee
Printing Speed
Cover Ink During Long Breaks

Chapter 22: Hygiene and Worker Protection

Risks with the UV Curing Unit
Risks Involving the UV Inks

Chapter 23: General Advice

What’s New

This edition has been extensively edited and rewritten by the author, Michel Caza, to bring the information current. The original illustrations were updated, and new ones added. And there is a Foreword written by Mark A. Coudray.

About the Author

Michel Caza entered the screenprinting field in the mid-1950s.

He has created several companies in France and has printed several thousand original serigraphs for artists worldwide. Michel has received more than 350 awards for his work in many screenprinting applications. He is considered a master printer of fine arts.

He is responsible for many technological advancements in UV technology and inks, fine line half-tone printing, continuous tone printing, superpositions of transparent inks, and textile printing.

In 1962, Michel became a “founding father” when FESPA (Federation of European Screen Printers Association) was formed as a ‘non-profit’ organization by a group of screenprinting associations whose aim was to create a platform to share knowledge on screenprinting technology in Europe.

Michel was also the recipient of a Lifetime Member of the Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association (SGIA), which has changed its name to Printing United Alliance.

In 1981 Michel won the prestigious Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology’s Swormstedt Award for Excellence in Technical Writing for The Theory and Practice of UV Screenprinting.

Michel’s peers inducted him into the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology in 1982. He received the Howard Parmele Award, the highest distinction of the Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association (SGIA), in 2010.

Product Details

Format: Adobe PDF
File Size: 13.5 MB
Print Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Solutions Publishing
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Language: English
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Editing: Disabled
Author: Michel Caza

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