Screen Making: Basic to Advanced (Fairfax, VA)

August 10 to 12, 2020
10015 Main Street, Fairfax, VA, USA

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SGIA Member  $449.25
Non Member    $599

Who Should Attend

Company owners, pre-press team, production managers, screenmakers, and workflow team


Johnny Shell
  • Main: 703-385-1335

Registration Deadline

Apr 8, 2019, 18:00 PM

Printing excellence begins with the right screen. This exceptional workshop is guaranteed to challenge each student combining real world experience with supporting theory. Beginning with the most basic methods and progressing to cutting-edge technology, students master the how and why of making screens for virtually every job.

Learn proven methods guaranteed to save time and money:

  • Correct methods for choosing the right mesh, stencil and frame
  • Proper stretching procedures to produce consistently tensioned screens
  • Correct stencil application methods for optimum consistency and repeatability
  • Proven techniques for calculation and determining optimum stencil exposure
  • Troubleshooting printed results 

This workshop takes place in SGIA's state-of-the-art laboratory located in Fairfax, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, DC). Minimum class size requirements must be met 30 days prior to workshop start date in order to hold workshop.

SGIA may on occasion take photographs and/or video of its program participants for use in print materials or by electronic methods. Your entry into SGIA facilities, participation in SGIA programs or participation in SGIA events grants permission for SGIA to use these photographs and/or video in its marketing and public relations efforts.

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Art Dobie

Art Dobie has been in the screen printing industry for more than 30 years. He received his BS in Graphic Communications, specializing in Screen Printing Technology, in 1980 from California University of Pennsylvania. Art is a Life Member and Fellow of the Society of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS), and was the 2006 recipient of the IMAPS John A. Wagnon Technical Achievement Award for outstanding technical contributions to screen printing technology as related to microelectronics. Art was inducted into the SGIA’s Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 1998, and was the 2010 recipient of the SGIA David Swormstedt, Sr. Memorial Award, recognizing the best published article or technical paper written for any aspect of the screen printing industry.

Dave Dennings

Dave Dennings, Technical / Product Manager, Screen Making Products, KIWO Inc., oversees product development and the company’s applications laboratory. Dave has worked in the screen printing industry for 30 years and has served in technical sales positions with both KIWO and Sefar. A frequent speaker and contributor to industry publications, Dave was a Swormstedt Award nominee in 2006 for his article “Standardization in Screenmaking” published in Screenprinting magazine and later that year was inducted into the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT). He has a bachelor’s degree in visual communications technology from Bowling Green State University.

Johnny Shell

Johnny Shell has served as Vice President, Print Technology & Training for SGIA since 1998. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Print Technology & Training department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops annually, and his technical writings appear regularly in several top industry publications in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, Mr. Shell is a frequent speaker at industry events and trade show expositions both domestically and internationally. He has worked in the specialty imaging industry for over 30 years, with experience that includes industrial, graphic, and apparel printing. He has won numerous printing awards throughout his career and is a member of the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology, an international body of experts which honors qualified individuals through election to membership for their distinguished, long-term contributions to, and application and promotion of, screen and digital printing and associated imaging technologies for graphic, textile, industrial and electronic printing applications.

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Day One

9:00 – 9:15               Introductions

9:15 – 10:30             Lecture:  Mesh, Frames, and Tensioning Systems

10:30 – 10:45           Break

10:45 – 12:00           Lecture:  Mesh, Frames, and Tensioning Systems (cont.)

12:00 – 1:00             Lunch

1:00 – 3:30               Stretching

  • Pneumatic Grunig Stretch and Glue Systems
  • Pneumatic SaatiPrint Stretch and Glue System
  • Retensionable Systems / Manual and Pneumatic

3:30 – 3:45                Break

3:45 – 4:30               Lecture: Mesh Manufacturing

4:30 – 5:00               Mesh Preparation

Day Two

9:00 – 10:30             Lecture: Stencil Systems

10:30 – 10:45           Break

10:45 – 11:30           Lecture: Stencil Systems (Con’t)

11:30 – 12:00          Sensitizing Direct Emulsion

12:00 – 1:00             Lunch

1:00 – 2:00                Stencil Application

  • Manual Coating Direct Emulsion
  • Applying Capillary Film
  • Automatic Coating

3:15 – 3:30                Break

3:30 – 5:00                Lecture:  Exposure & Development

Day Three

9:00 – 9:45                Exposure

9:45 – 10:30             Measurement Tools

  • Stencil Thickness
  • Stencil Profile (Rz)
  • Off Contact
  • Multi-Coat Test Screen

10:30 – 10:45           Break

10:45 – 11:15           Make Ready

 11:15 – 12:30           Press Setup

12:00 – 1:00             Lunch

1:00 – 2:00                Printing

2:00 – 3:00                Print Examination

3:00 – 3:15                Break

3:15 – 3:45                Reclaiming Demonstration

3:45 – 4:30                Final Q&A                


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Air Travel Plans

If you are traveling by air, plan to arrive the day before the workshop begins. We recommend you do not schedule a flight departure before 6:00 pm on the last day of the class.

Fairfax, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, D.C. and is served by three major airports. It is strongly recommended that you book flights through Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), located approximately 15 miles from Fairfax. A second option is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), located approximately 18 miles from Fairfax. The third option is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), which is approximately 50 miles from Fairfax.


Residence Inn Fairfax City

3565 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Holiday Inn Express

10327 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.3 miles from SGIA (7 mins)

Courtyard by Marriott Fair Oaks

11220 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.6 miles from SGIA (8 mins)

Comfort Inn University Center

11180 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030
2.8 miles from SGIA (9 mins)

SpringHill Suite Fairfax Fair Oaks

11191 Waples Mill Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
3.4 miles from SGIA (10 mins)

Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks

11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22033
6.1 miles from SGIA (13 mins)

Best Western Fairfax

3535 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
6.2 miles from SGIA (14 mins)

Please Note: Transportation to/from SGIA is not provided. Rental cars are available at all airport locations listed above as well as ride share options