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Using Vellum Paper for Screen Printing

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Being a company that sells jerseys of various sports teams across the country, we often print logos and numbers on the jersey. To provide services at affordable prices, we decided to find an option for the cost of the materials used in screen printing. While several of the choices we make may impact the quality of the finished jersey, the alternative we took will not affect its quality. What we found is vellum paper, the replacement for the expensive film.

Vellum is a translucent white writing surface that has been used for quite some time. It was originally used by ancient Hebrews and is sourced from animal skins. In the 19th century, this paper form was created with similar ancient Hebrew vellum characteristics. The vellum paper is available in a variety of sizes and colors. The semi-translucent paper is used in the screen printer as a great cost alternative to the expensive film used in transferring images from the computer to the screen used for printing.

While searching this alternative, I had to consider if this will affect the quality of the prints. I discovered that with our setup, this has no effects on the final products. We print digital art using EPSON R1800 Inkjet printer. The initial print’s quality with the given paper works great with our setup. The study shows Inkjet printers work well with vellum paper while Laserjet printers do not.

A negative effect the vellum paper has is that it shrinks over time. This is a problem especially if you’re printing multi-colored logos. It’s more difficult to match the negatives if they were filed for a long time. In our business, this is not a problem as most of the logos printed are only in one color which means we don’t have the problem of matching patterns.

With this option, they could definitely save money and can compete with other screen printing businesses. Before we were paying almost $1.00 for 8.5 x 14 sheet of film. With the new paper, we are only paying $.10 per sheet.

Robbins Sports sells Basketball UniformsTrack Uniforms, and Baseball Uniforms.