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Screen Printer Adapters

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#64567

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

I've been using 29x29 framed screens for years. I have a company that has come up with a adapter that would mount in my screen printer and utilize just the foils of screens. It basically fits and is clamped into the adapter. I am struggling with floor space and find this option appealing. Has anyone ever tried this method? If so how is working out?

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#64568

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

That is all we have ever used ("Zelflex" by LPKF). They work great. We have 300+ stencils stored in print drawers, probably 3'x3'x5' area. The stencils are also cheaper by more than 1/2 from our supplier. The only stencils we have in permanent frames are 4-mil as they are too easy to damage if not heald steady in the frame.

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#64570

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

These have been around for many years from a variety of manufactures. They work well and save a lot of space and will save some money on the stencils.

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#64571

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

Thanks for the reply. Yea they are quoted cheaper as well.

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#64572

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

We would be concerned that frame-less stencils are more easily damaged.

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#64573

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

Hello all I have used a couple of types one of them only clamped on two sides and you used a wrench and screwed the bolt down till it was tight ( what is tight) and there was no fram at all around the stencil so people got cut. the second one we used uses air pressure to do the clamping and pulls from all four sides much better and has a plastic fram around stencil so no one gets cut by the stencil takes more space but i can fit two plastic framed stencils in one spot the full fram used so it saved me some space Goog luck

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#64575

Screen Printer Adapters | 29 June, 2011

So are the foils cut by the same adapter people? I'd like to use existing foils if possible and have them notched to fit someones Adapter.

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#64579

Screen Printer Adapters | 30 June, 2011

I've been using a DEK Vectorguard frame for a couple months now and like it a lot. It uses air to clamp/unclamp the foil and both DEK Vectorguard and Alpha Metals Tetrabond foils fit the frame. Just about any decent stencil supplier sells Vectorguard foils.

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#64685

Screen Printer Adapters | 21 July, 2011

We use QTS and Vectour guard. I would prefer Vectourguard - it is very siple to set it up. However, you have to check the tension of the stencil everyday. I wouldn't trust them as 29 inch hard frame. It is always a metter of quantities. If you deal with small batches fast frames are fine.

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