Father-son studio buildout project
Creating this space was a project done by my son and myself. It took about 2 months from start to finish.
Here's the original space when we first leased it. (Actually, this is the space next door. Our space has large, red, structural earthquake retrofit beams which makes it THE place to be when the big one hits.)
After completion, this is standing at the entrance looking in.
Same from another angle, prior to when the equipment arrived.
We did a number of things to avoid spending too much money on the set up. Standard screen racks cost hundreds and don't hold that many screens. In about an hour, with a couple of sheets of 3/4" plywood we had ourselves a custom rack that will hold up to 120 screens. Pretty sure we'll have to build another one in the not-too-distant future.
We have a Riley Hopkins 250, 2-arm, 6-color press from Ryonet. With this set up we can probably put out 200+ shirts a day, which for screen printing is not a high volume shop. We will be focusing on smaller runs and specialty projects.
This is our ink mixing and general storage cabinet area.
This is the entrance to the dark room, with requisite shop basketball hoop. No good shop is without a basketball hoop. Them's the rules.
In the dark room we use a Baselayr LED exposure unit to expose designs onto screens. Underneath is a custom screen drying cabinet we built with a cross ventilation system inside. In the dark room we coat silk screens with light sensitive emulsion, after which they have to dry. We run a dehumidifier in the dark room to keep the humidity level below 40%, which helps a great deal in with how well the emulsion adheres to the screen. If you look closely, we also built in a way to dry larger screens in the same cabinet. That center post can slide to the left allowing a larger dimensioned screen to fit in the same area.
This is where all the design and business end of things happen.
We use an HP DesignJet T230 24" wide printer to output film before exposure. The flat files we built ourselves. I priced out flat files and they're insanely expensive. With three sheets of 3/4" plywood, twenty 24" drawer slides, and a few hours of work, we saved quite a lot of money and ended up with everything we required to store artwork and film outputs. And, of course, keeping healthy at work is important with a pull-up bar and weights.