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Photopolymer Plate Making Exposure Times for Large or Small Logos

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While garment tag printing, most users prefer making their own plates. Typically the most inexpensive way to etch your own plates is by using photopolymer plates with an exposure unit. Etching an image into photopolymer plates requires more attention than laser etching the plates, exposure times will vary depending upon the image size, even if the same plate material is used for both large and small images.

Inkcups Now has done extensive testing with our water wash orange plate material, our most popular for garment tag printing. Larger images need more time to develop during the washout process to provide the depth necessary for garment tag printing.

B100 (small image)
150 (Large image)
Film Exposure
1:00
0:55
200 Line Screen Exposure
0:20
0:10
Washout
1:00
1:30
Bake Time @ 170°F
20:00
20:00
Post Cure
20:00
20:00
New to photopolymer plate-making? Click here to check out a complete photopolymer plate-making training video.

Plates used in this project:
Type: Photopolymer Plates
Brand: ICN
Model: Water Wash Orange
Standard applications: Promotional products, Garment Tag Printing
Photopolymer plate alternative: Laser Plate Making.

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