Inking Shirts off a Precision Board Foam Template

Coastal Enterprises, manufacturers of Precision Board HDU, is proud to host guest blogs written by some of the signage industry’s biggest movers and shakers, posted to the Precision Board Blog.  This guest blog is written by Jim Dawson with Synergy Sign & Graphics, based in Strasburg, Ohio.  Jim shows us how he used our new PBLT-25 Precision Board HDU to test press shirts in an effort to expand their shop offerings.

In Jim’s own words…

I’ve been watching some guys doing block printing on linoleum and pressing it up on plywood.  I decided to carve some Precision Board high-density urethane blocks on our CNC router and thus not have to laminate anything.  We used a 1” thick 12” x 12” piece of PBLT-25 Precision Board HDU knowing that the urethane foam would still be plenty rigid with what we were leaving behind.  We were only carving out the front 1/4” of material.


I machined the design in a 3d carve, which took about 40 minutes to carve.  I also didn’t want to chance breaking the dimensional letters.

I inked up the foam with screen printing ink and also tested with paint because it doesn’t seem to wash out of my clothes when I get it on me.  We put some shirts with ink on them onto a heat press so that we could cure the ink fast.

I could probably pull 100s of prints off of this block because you’re not pressing it and doing screens.  Every time you press a shirt, you don’t know what you’re going to get.  I see a lot of people going back to the hand-made methods of inking shirts.  We’re pretty happy with our test run using a Precision Board design to press multiple shirts from a single block of material and will continue to expand our offerings using the latest materials and methods on the market.

We think that Jim Dawson and his team do some really excellent work. Synergy Sign & Graphics has a highly experienced staff whose backgrounds include graphic design, marketing, trade-show design, print media, branding, point of purchase design, fulfillment, and more. Check out their website or give them a call at (330) 878-7646 to see about your next project!

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