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    Default 23x31" screens: squeegee/coater size & portrait vs landscape

    Our studio is upgrading from 20x24" to 23x31" screens, so we're in the market for new squeegees and scoop coaters... I think. The vac table (~23x31") currently has clamps on the long side, so the way I see it, we have two options:

    Keep the clamps on the long side, and get wider squeegees (maybe 24").
    Pros: shorter print stroke, shorter flood
    Cons: expensive squeegees; awkward to use wide squeegees

    Move the clamps to the short side, and get shorter squeegees (15-16").
    Pros: cheaper squeegees
    Cons: longer print stroke, longer flood; awkward to use smaller screens (long reach)

    I feel like it's not an accident that most automatics stroke in the long direction; just not sure if the same principles would apply to manual printing. I don't mind paying extra for equipment if it makes the job easier.

    Also relevant: which orientation is easier for coating screens? Right now, we stand 'em up tall.

    Thoughts?

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    I print with the clamps on the short side. I feel like most people here print with the clamps on the long side though. I find it easier to pull a shorter squeegee for a longer distance....a long squeegee has more surface area in contact with the screen which means it's harder to pull and has more drag....but it seems to work for a lot of people here. So yeah, I print mostly with 23x31 and 25x36 screens with the clamps on the short side. Works for me. I occasionally print with 30x40 and 36x36 screens and those I have printed in both orientations on the same table. Printing with anything smaller than 23x31 on my table would be pretty awkward because of the reach though.

    I coat my screens stood up tall too.

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    either way.

    Generally, it is physically easier to print with a smaller squeegee. but then, if you want to print a blend the other way, you would need to turn it. I let the art determine the direction. Get two squeegees when you can afford it.

    Coater - do it the long way with a shorter coater, easier to control, cheaper coater.
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    Yep, the few times I have printed with my 30x40 clamped on the long side was to print a blend from one color on the top of the sheet to another color or clear at the bottom of the sheet.

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    Myself, I print portrait. The vac table is at 25* angle so I can get good pressure at the back of the screen. But I still have ink marks on my belly from time to time.

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    It's all relative. As far as I'm concerned these are still tiny sizes and marginal differences. I would keep your options open so you can do both. Personally I would set up printing landscape so I have the option of printing blends and 2up with a split squeegee. Plus I feel like reg is easier to hold and fine tune in landscape.
    Last edited by squeegeethree; 07-12-2013 at 06:46 AM.

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    Thanks for the input, guys. I'm going to track down some squeegees with replaceable blades -- been using glued-in ones until now.

    Great points on split fountains as well as 2up printing, which I'm particularly excited about because it means we get to chop our prices (almost) in half.

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