One of the quickest and easiest ways to get started with a side business is to use whatever equipment you already have. If you own a welding machine and have some welding skills you can make and sell screen-printing frames.
What are screen-printing frames?
Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. Now this mesh is stretched across a frame (after which it is called a “screen”), wood can be used, but steel (or aluminium), is by far the most popular.
There are basically two components to a screen-printing screen: the frame and the mesh. Once the screen is built it usually lasts a very long time, while the mesh will be periodically replaced. There are places that sell the frame already stretched with mesh and there are places that only do stretching. Regardless it is almost always cheaper to have the frame made yourself and then to have it stretched.
This means your target market for the frame only will be people doing their own screen-printing – especially screen-printing shops. You can also sell completed screens, already covered with mesh, it is up to you.
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