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Hope I'm not in trouble for being from America and trolling the Asia section... :eek:) I have a six platen table line press that I built from this site, and love it. I am more into the design side of t-shirts rather than the mass production side, making runs of around 8 to 10 shirts basically to see how the design looks and let a few friends wear to get feedback. I would like to up my printing to maybe runs of 50 or so. Since it is just me in my basement, I am thinking of going to the system where each shirt has it's own platen, so I can load up 50 shirts or so at a time. I print mostly single colors in water based inks so time can be an issue. What are the platens made from and what are the typical dimensions? Is 1/4" plywood or chipboard sufficient? Anything I should know about this type of setup? I do prefer a push stroke so hopefully that will still work. Any feedback, direction, dimensions, materials, plans, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.
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IMHO, If you're doing only single colors on your prints, platen for each shirt is not practical, I recommend a pad or a used x-ray film with adhesive to put under the shirt and you don't need a wide area for your set-up. ;)

Some drawings here on long table-->> http://www.t-shirtforums.com/asia/t126699.html
Thanks for the reply. Yep, I built my line table press from one of the plans on the link you posted. So you are talking about just putting a pad or used X-ray film inside the shirt and then eyeballing where the screen goes? My thought was that with my 6 station line table press, I would spend way more time loading shirts for a run of let's say 50, than actually printing. I was hoping to somehow be able to print maybe all 50 or however many shirts without having to reload the platen. Maybe just cardboard slid in the shirts and maybe have 25 or so of them laying on a table at once? Is there a registration trick to centering the print while eyeballing, or if I had the occasional two color job? I guess I could just use my 6 station press for that. All the videos I've watched always shows a second person loading shirts, which I don't have.
For a two-color job on pads inside the t-shirt: Make use of a common text or image on your two screens then cover the other with a clear scotch tape and everytime you do the 2nd color, just see the covered tape. The other technique I tried for a 4-color print on pads for small amount of shirts around 30-50 pcs is to put registration (cross-marks) on top of the design for every screen at least an inch away, put a masking tape across each shirt and let the 1st screen's cross mark print on the tape then cover all the reg. marks on the remaining 3 screens with clear scotch tape and use the 1st mark as your target. We call these two techniques "cover-and-see"...;)
What exactly is a pad? I get the used X-ray film, but what is the material that makes a pad?
Old pad consists of 16"x18" 1/4" plywood with 1/4" flexfoam then wrap it with leatherette or tarpaulin material for a smooth surface & equal distribution of ink at one-squeege-pass.;)
Thank you! I am a Pinoy wannabe!! haha
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