ILTMS Project: 4 Color Screen Printing Press

After doing the screen printing how-to, I started looking into multiple color printing, which led to the need for a printing press. Although it is possible to print multiple colors (1 color per screen) without a press, it’s very difficult and will probably have very inconsistent results. Personally, I knew that I’d never be likely to actually print a multi-color print simply because of the uncertainty about how it would turn out.

The advantage of a press is that it creates a repetitive process for lining up and printing with multiple screens, helping them stay registered to each other.

So, I found a set of free plans at PrintingPlans.com and used them as a basis for my own build. The big difference in my build is that I didn’t want to build a dedicated table for my press. Since I don’t have a ton of room, I wanted to be able to separate and store away my press when it’s not in use.

Have a look at the build and please let me know what you think or if you have any ideas for improvement, in the comments.

8 thoughts on “ILTMS Project: 4 Color Screen Printing Press

  1. awsome was going to build the one at printingplans that you based yours off but this is nice since I also dont need the table

    • I’m so glad it was helpful! I used mine recently when clamped to my workbench and it worked perfectly, I was really happy with how (relatively) portable it is.

      • yip I print from home with a 9 month old baby and wife who has become a neat freak i basically have a little spot under the stairs to print so I have been doing basic one/two color prints with a home made press i build onto a old table, but now it is time to get a 4 color going and being in South Africa screenprinting presses are crazy expensive but now I will use the printing press plans and your video to make one, I will keep you updated, enjoy your day

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