The Yudu silkscreen printer machine is an all-in-one do it yourself system to make t-shirts and more.
The Yudu screen printing kit allows you to create your own t-shirts,
sweatshirts and more with their self contained screen printer. The Yudu screen printing system allows you to print on wood, fabric, paper, and glass.
How The Yudu Screen Printer Works
The device looks a bit like a cross between a flat bed scanner and printer. The videos really explain how the Yudu screen printer works best.
Essentially, you create or print out your art work on a transparency sheet. Then you put a sheet of photo sensitive emulsion on the screen and expose it to light in the machine. After 8 minutes in the machine, you can wash away the emulsion (with water in the sink) that was blocked by the printed area. You can pop the exposed and washed screen back into the machine to dry with the dryer mode.
Drying the screen with emulsion attached can take quite a bit longer than advertised.
Next, you put the t-shirt, or whatever you are printing on, under the screen on top of the machine. You apply your ink over the top of the screen with a squeegee. You can then pull out the painted-on-item and let the ink dry. The final stage is to use something like an iron to set the ink permanently.
Cool things about Yudu Screen Printing:
Print multiple colors- just let the previous layers of ink dry.
Use artwork provided in the kit or create your own. There are tips online for using Photoshop to create layers.
The ink is water soluble & non-toxic
The following Yudu how-to video is a seven parter that walks you through the entire process nicely.
Yudu Screen Printing Complaints
The main problems with the screen printer seem to be mostly about technique in the beginning stage of learning to use it. Issues include cleaning the emulsion off of the screen afterward. Another complaint was getting the right amount of water on the screen to begin with. If you use too much water it can take a really long time to dry, but too little can make it more difficult to get a nice even adherence of the emulsion sheet to the screen. You want a good bond to get good ink coverage on the piece you are printing on.
Someone mentioned that you should buy some emulsion remover when you buy it because it was not in the kit and would basically prevent you from enjoying it right away.
Several Yudu screen printer owners complained about how long the screen took to dry with emulsion on. The normal 20 minutes seemed to be more like 40 plus minutes.
The number one complaint about the screen printing kit, by far, was the poor quality of the instruction manual
. Many said to just watch online videos to see how to use it.
If you have purchased or used the Yudu screen printing system please add your product reviews and tips for creating better screen printed work.