Screen Printing &
Direct to Surface
Printing on metal

Shadow Boards & Information Boards

Direct to surface Screen Printing Services

Screen printing is valued for its ability to produce high-quality prints with vibrant colors, especially on a variety of surfaces, including metal. It is a popular choice for industrial applications due to its versatility and the durability of the printed output.

Screen printing, also known as silk screening, is a versatile and widely used printing method that involves transferring ink through a mesh screen onto a substrate.

Substrates include tyvek, plastics, polycarbonate, metal, painted or powdercoated surfaces including hard to adhere such as stainless steel markings

Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the screen printing process:

  1. Design Creation:

    • The process begins with the creation of a design, typically in a digital format. This design serves as the template for the image or text that will be printed on the metal surface.
  2. Screen Preparation:

    • A mesh screen is selected based on the complexity and resolution of the design. The screen is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion, creating a stencil of the design when exposed to light. This emulsion-coated screen is then dried in a darkroom.
  3. Exposure of the Screen:

    • The prepared screen is placed over the design template, and the entire assembly is exposed to light. The light hardens the emulsion on the screen, except in areas where the design blocks the light. After exposure, the screen is washed, revealing the stencil pattern.
  4. Setup on Printing Press:

    • The metal substrate is secured on a printing press, and the screen is positioned over it. The screen is carefully aligned to ensure precise registration of the design on the metal surface.
  5. Ink Application:

    • Ink is applied to the top of the screen, and a squeegee is used to spread the ink evenly across the mesh. The design areas in the stencil allow the ink to pass through onto the metal, creating the desired pattern.
  6. Printing Process:

    • The screen is lowered onto the metal surface, and the squeegee is pulled across the screen, forcing the ink through the open mesh and onto the substrate. The pressure applied by the squeegee ensures that the ink adheres to the metal in the pattern defined by the stencil.
  7. Drying:

    • After printing, the metal substrate is typically moved to a drying area. The ink needs to dry or cure, depending on the type of ink used. Some inks require heat curing, while others air dry.
  8. Repeat for Multiple Colors:

    • For multicolor designs, each color is applied using a separate screen. The process is repeated for each color, with careful alignment to ensure that the colors match up accurately.
  9. Curing or Fixing the Ink:

    • Once all colors have been applied, the printed metal is subjected to a curing process. This may involve heat curing (using ovens or specialized drying equipment) or allowing the ink to air dry and set, depending on the type of ink used.
  10. Quality Control:

    • The final printed metal is inspected for quality , sharpness of print and adherence to the design.
Printing directly to stainless steel

Lean Farming

Farm Map Boards

Farm Map Boards printed on aluminium for wall mounting can be dry wipe for marking paddocks. They also comes with a notes area and a daily chart for organisation.

Each board is custom designed as requested.

Paddock Numbering Signage

A useful tool for layout and planning of farm paddocks, or for use when contractors are carrying out services on the farm.

Engraved in 3mm outdoor grade material.

Design & print

Screen & digital printing solutions

Talk to us about your requirements

At Bex Design we can print onto almost anything that has a flat surface and we design & print a wide range of products from electronic fascias to labels. We work with many businesses, both UK and Internationally, including electronic parts manufacturers, assemblers, signage firms, exhibition companies and other related businesses.

Our core services include design & printing of graphic overlays, membrane switches, many types of labels, panels, promotional stickers, signage and product branding. For more details about our services please see what we do.

ISO 9001:2015

We pride ourselves on our high levels of quality and customer service and by working to recognised quality systems we have been ISO 9001 since 2001. We are able to track jobs throughout every stage of manufacture and can also trace the materials used for any project, ensuring that our customers enjoy an efficient and trouble-free service. Through our continuous improvement programmes we have achieved the latest standard, ISO 9001:2015. Click here to view our current certification.

UL Approved Supplier

Bex Design & Print Ltd has UL approval which means we are authorised to print the UL logo and can also assist with getting UL approval for the Membrane Switches, Graphic Overlays and Labels that we manufacture. 

We are specialists in the printing and manufacture of membrane switches & machine fascia panels, graphic overlays, labels, signage, product branding & direct printing onto a variety of materials.

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01249 821127

Some of the many materials we print onto:

Coated Aluminum
Corrugated Cardboard
Polycarbonate – Lexan, Martec
Polyester – EGB, EBA, V200, F200, Mylar
Clear Acrylic
Rigid PVC – Staufen Mr PVC
Correx White
Opal Acrylics
Acrylic Clarex
3M layflat 
Ricon adhesive

3M DG3 reflective
Foamboard (Foamex)
Paper & Board
Self-adhesive Vinyls – Avery, Mactac
Quartz Vinyl
High Impact Polystyrene
Flexible PVC
Floor Graphics
Back-lit film
One Way Vision Films
Display Boards

For technical specifications, please visit our Technical downloads page.

If the material you require is not shown, please enquire below.