Mesh is a net made of connected filament of fibre, metal or any other flexible material. A mesh is similar to a net as it has many strands. A thin mesh is a fabric comprising monofilament polyester thread which is thinner as well as stronger. Metal mesh of a tea strainer can be an example of a thin mesh. Thin mesh is the old way of screen printing garments. It is suitable for small scale printers as it is not that costly and easy than thick mesh. Over the years, thin mesh ash improved the products of manufacturers by increasing the tensile strength of polyester thread itself. It is useful in the following ways:
Foundation for beginners:
Thin mesh is the key solution in establishing the foundation of beginners in the printing market. This is because it is gives them opportunities to stay live in the market and cope up with the huge demand. Thin mesh will ensure their survival in the aggressive competition in this printing industry. As for professionals, thin mesh again will be a great choice for the to perfect the craft and enhance both efficiency and quality of the final products.
Yes, it is true that leaving more ink on a garment will make it more opaque, using thin mesh eliminates that possibility and only gives better and efficient ways of getting above satisfactory results. It will be more precise and less chances of making mistakes while printing.
Smaller thread diameter:
This is the most important feature of thin mesh that the thread diameter of thread is small itself. This reduction in diameter will result in increase in OPA % (open area) over traditional cash. This leads to greater ink saturation of the printing area and also improving opacity of the printed area.
Higher thread count:
Another advantage of thin mesh is of having higher thread count. This leads to reduced fabric thickness over normal mesh. Printing to thin mesh will give thinner and better fabric results, more even ink deposit. The final print of the garment will be a smooth finish both in visual and tactile sense.
There is a misconception of more ink will give better opacity. This is not true. In fact, an even and smooth deposit of minimum amount of ink will result is a more vibrant print than using more and more ink. This eliminates the undesirable hand characteristics gained through excessive ink consumption.
Requires less squeegee pressure:
With increase in OPA % there is an ease of ink flow which allows reduced squeegee pressure. This not only improves registration as well as image detail. Less squeegee pressure results in less cost of production and human capital.