Screen printing is probably the best-known method of printing using a stencil process. A screen is mounted a few millimetres above the object to be printed. This screen is the printing plate. It consists of a frame over which a mesh in metal or plastic is stretched. On top of this is a stencil, through which the ink is pushed. The ink is spread evenly over the frame using a squeegee and penetrates through the fine mesh onto the printing surface.
A very wide range of materials and shapes can be printed using this direct printing method. These may be flat films or textiles, or shaped objects such as packaging – there are countless application fields for screen printing. Printing inks are specially matched to each material to produce the desired print result.