Screen Printing in Boston
Custom screen printed t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel
QRST’s offers screen printing services for companies, colleges, businesses, restaurants, and event organizers in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and throughout Massachusetts who are looking to create custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, and more. Also known as silk screening, screen printing has been around for years and is an age-old method, but current state-of-the-art technology now allows us to automate the entire process with increased precision. Screen printing is the most popular garment printing method, though QRST’s offers digital printing as well.
What is screen printing?
With screen printing, an art file is transferred to a screen and then a squeegee and ink is utilized to transfer the image onto the garment. In order to do this, a porous mesh is stretched tightly over a frame. A stencil, produced on the screen, defines the image to be printed. Screen printing ink is applied to the substrate by placing the screen over the material. As the octopus arms of the machine move around, each one holding a shirt in place, ink is then forced through the fine mesh openings using a mechanical squeegee. The squeegee pushes the ink through the open areas of the screen and voila! The image appears. Special heaters dry and lock in the image.
What are the benefits of screen printing?
A wide variety of textiles can be screen printed on which makes this method very versatile and popular. Some customers also opt for screen printing over digital printing because of the print’s vibrancy. It can also be easier to color match your art file more accurately with the screen printing method.
What type of apparel can be screen printed?
Screen printing can be done on any reasonably smooth, flat apparel surface. This not only means t-shirts of all sizes, styles and colors, but also bags, sweatshirts, pants, and more. Since screen printing ink is opaque, your designs will show up vibrantly even on top of dark colors. See our Fashion Apparel section for a glimpse at some of the many shirts we can print on.
Who do we service?
QRST’s offers screen printing for a wide variety of organizations in the Boston, Massachusetts area, including:
- Corporate businesses
- Construction, manufacturing, and maintenance companies
- Youth, high school, and college sports
- Restaurants and bars
- Colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Boston University, Boston College, Tufts, and Emerson
- Prep schools and public schools
- Events such as festivals, marathons, races, walks, and 5ks
- Fundraising groups for political campaigns, causes, non-profits, and schools
- Tourism offices, including at the city and state levels
How much does screen printing cost?
Screen printing pricing is based on quantity and the number of colors and placements in your design. For each color, we make a separate screen and there is an additional charge for each screen. You can check out our standard screen printing prices or contact us today to learn more about how we can help your Boston area organization make custom t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other apparel.