Four-Color Screen Printing Press

Four Color Screen Printing Press (16x10)
A 3D model of the Four Color Printing Press, made in SketchUp.
A finished, four-color, screen-printed t-shirt.
A one-color print job in progress.

Based on plans by screen printer Michael Phipps, I built this four-color, single-station, rotary screen printing press from lumber and other reasonably common hardware fixtures and materials. I’ve used it with great results for long (250+ impressions) commercial runs, as well as smaller and more precise runs of simulated process-color art prints.

The press took just a few weeks worth of afternoons and weekends to build, and the hardest part to acquire was the ball-bearing turntable drive, on which the rotary printing arms spin and allow you to print multiple colors without moving the substrate.