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DIY Screen Printing Exposure Unit

March 28, 2020 1 Comment

How to make an exposure unit - Screen Print Direct

We’re so excited to share today, an affordable, DIY project that will help you tackle one of the most common challenges: emulsion exposure time.

We know how frustrating it can be if you are new to screen printing and do not have the proper equipment.

So, we came up with  an affordable and easy-to-build exposure unit for screen printing that will help you get consistent exposure times and well-exposed screens.

How to Build Screen Printing Exposure Unit:

Things You Need:

- 500w flood lamp (check your local hardware store shouldn't be more than $20)

- 2 x 4 - 24 inches wood (QTY: 2) *pine wood is the easiest to work with

- 2 x 4 - 20 inches wood (QTY: 1)

- 2 x 4 - 18 inches wood (QTY: 1)

- 2 x 4 - 10 inches wood (QTY: 1)

- 2 1/2 inch general purpose screws (QTY: 11)

- Piece of glass or plexiglass as large as your artwork to keep artwork pressed down against the screen

Tools You Need:

- Table or hand saw (home depot cut them for free if you don't own a saw)

- Power drill

- Measuring Tape


Video Reference - How to Construct

Making an Exposure Unit Under $20

This DIY exposure lamp will keep your bank accounts happy and keep you from those constant headaches from that repeated trial and error.

This DIY exposure lamp will keep your bank accounts happy and keep you from getting those constant headaches from repeated trial and error.

Remember, we are here to help! If you have additional questions, send us your inquiry and a representative will respond as soon as possible:


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1 Response

Michael Jefferson
Michael Jefferson

May 13, 2020

Hi im just getting started in the screen printing world and have a few questions. im using AP blue eco emulsion and have 500w flood lamp how long would you recommend burning for because I cant seem to get the timing right. I also got the blue tex emulsion and would I burn them the same way?

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