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MacDermid Autotype screen films deliver photo-realistic quality for Lorenz Boegli

Autotype International : 08 November, 2005  (New Product)
MacDermid Autotype
Zurich based Lorenz Boegli specialises in screen printing for high resolution fine art and graphics materials. Over the last thirteen years the company has developed a range of unique print techniques that have raised levels of definition and photo-realism to new standards that mirror those possible with offset printing, yet retain the vibrant colours associated with the screen process. This expertise was recognised at this year’s FESPA show in Munich when Lorenz Boegli was awarded three gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals in the categories for greetings cards, books, fine art reproduction and metal products.

In addition, the company’s specialities include the production of high quality typography using a unique fine screen technique based on a resolution of 120l/cm, plus a wide range of special effects using iridescent printing, thermo-reactive pigments, relief lacquers and rub-off inks.

Lorenz Boegli’s extensive screen printing knowledge and ability of the company’s craftsmen and women has attracted many international artists, including Ilya Kabakov, Roni Horn, Peter Doig, Jan Jedlicka, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, Balthasar Burkhard, Roman Signer and Yves Netzhammer.

Lorenz Boegli uses Five Star and Alphastar from MacDermid Autotype for producing all its high quality stencils for screen printing. These indirect films have very high print definition, offer unrivalled resolution capabilities and create the ideal stencil for high quality printing, giving a low stencil profile with a very flat stencil surface (low Rz) on a 180/cm mesh which is about the finest possible in screen fabric technology. In addition, the films offer the fastest and easiest method of producing a high quality stencil for short run screen printing.

Lorenz Boegli has worked with Autotype’s for a number of years and achieves its best results by combining the Five Star and Alphastar films.

These films offer different levels of contrast, enabling Lorenz Boegli to use Alphastar for reproducing light tones and Five Star for the darker tones. Combining the two films, however, enables effects to be achieved that go well beyond conventional screen print reproduction.

Lorenz Boegli, Managing Director of the company, explains that, “For a specialised triplex print, for instance, the sky area would be printed in firstly using Alphastar for light grey tones, then black with Five Star and finally, in the third stage, medium grey with Five Star again. This results in almost photo-realistic quality images in only three stages”.

He continued, “Using Five Star and Alphastar enables us to obtain the finest screen and the most beautiful typography. It is essential that the films have excellent dimensional stability as our half tone dot pattern has now been matched exactly to the film gradation levels. Just as importantly, we monitor the results from the film closely and in the last ten years have observed no deviation in quality or technical performance and we know from our experiences that no other film is capable of achieving this high and consistent standard of quality.”
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