How to Select the Right Frame or Mesh for Screen Printing Machine

Understanding what mesh count is and what size to use on your printing project is a vital knowledge before you can successfully run your printing business. Here is a primer for you so that you can understand the concepts well.

Basics of screen mesh count

Mesh count means how many fibers there are in a square inch of a screen. So if a mesh has 40 mesh count, it means there are 40 fibers in a square inch of the screen.

The higher the mesh count, the smaller the opening size on the screen. And the higher the fiber count is, the more beautiful the print quality gets because of a smaller quantity of ink coating coming through the fibers.

Which mesh to use

As a beginner, it’s a great idea to have a guideline of mesh count to use for a project. Although with more practice, you’ll know which one to choose and not depend on a directive.

Choosing a frame

The most common frame types are wood and aluminum. However, Aluminum frames are better than wood as the former cannot be damaged by dipping in water and pigment. They can be stretched as needed and cleaned as well.

Other factors to consider

Try to experiment with varying mesh types, and you can find the best count range for your project. But keep in mind that the tone and texture also depend on the fabric and emulsion type as well.

Water-based inks get dried fast so you need to wait for less time. Denser colors take time to have the emulsion set so if you’re using a lower mesh count, allow for some time to let it set properly.


There are some guides to choose your specific mesh, but as you have more experience, you’ll understand which one to use for your task. Keep experimenting, and you can see better outcomes with time.

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