Science Olympiad Team Names

Having trouble coming up with a name for your Science Olympiad team? We’ve put together a list of some funny & clever team names to help inspire your group and help you can stand out amongst your competition. If you find one you like, feel free to add it to your own personalized t-shirts! You and your team are sure to look super mole-cool.

Science Olympiad Team Names

Natural Selection

Mighty Chondria

The Dork Side

Wise Guys

The Black Holes

Good Genes

The Fig Neutrons

Mad Scientists

Neon Rubindium (Ne-Rd)

Big Bang

WipeOut Race Sayings & Slogans

WipeOut races and obstacle course runs are all of the rage—so why not go the extra mile and unite your team or group with a funny or inspirational saying or slogan? Check out our list below. Once you’ve picked your favorite WipeOut race saying, browse our selection of tees and performance shirts, and start designing! Your team’s new saying or slogan is sure to be a great add to your custom shirts.

WipeOut Race Sayings & Slogans

May the Course Be With You

Run and Jump and Climb Oh My

Conquer Your Obstacles

WTF: Where’s The Finish?!

Good Things Come To Those Who Sweat

Run Like the Winded

Wiping Out the Race…Before It Wipes Me Out

Running On Beast Mode

Bounce, Bounce, Baby

No Goal Was Ever Met Without a Little Sweat

Do Work

Let Go or Be Dragged

Push It to the Limits

Could. Would. Should. DID!

If Found On Ground, Please Drag to the Finish Line

It’s Only Pain

Don’t Stop for Obstacles, Destroy Them

You Don’t Have to Go Fast, You Just Have to Go!

Follow Me If You Can

Make the Jump!

I Like My Legs Scrammbled

You Are Greater Than Any Obstacle

Our Custom T-Shirt Craft – A Musing

Custom Tee shirt printing is a craft. I have been a professional screen printer for well over 20 years. I sold my first printed shirt in 1976 for $6.00 retail. That shirt set my love for this craft in motion. The shirt, a Ramones concert tee, was created by cutting ruby stencils that were adhered to homemade screens with acetone. The screen mesh was attached to the frame using a Craftsman staple gun.

During my years in the business, I have made lasting acquaintances and developed long term friendships with my fellow craftsmen and competitors. All of the screen printers I have met and remained in contact did the same thing that I did everyday – they printed custom t-shirts. We all had our own customers and we often competed over the same jobs. The customers in certain circles knew that we printers were on a first name basis with one another and often split work among us. We were competitors, but we all got along. In those good old days we even shared work, knowledge and even socialized.
Today the industry is more like a cat fight. Few people are left from the old days and a newer breed of printers is replacing them. The up and coming new bad boys in the custom tee shirt world are the DTG printers of whom I am one. I’m an adapted relic of the past. I am purist, a screen and ink guy. I love the smell of curing plastisol and the sound of an indexing automatic. Despite my initial trepidations I have chosen to enter the labyrinth of the DTG underworld. I admit – I love it.

Never in my professional life have I encountered such animosity, territorial scenting, closed mindedness, and a purposeful determination to assault and assassinate the character of inanimate objects like machines. If you own one type of DTG machine you and your machine are no good, if you own a different brand you are even worse. You could even be considered the devil’s spawn. Are we all so invested in our ink jet printers that we have lost sight of the fact that we all print custom t-shirts for a living? Is civility dead? What should be viewed as a celebration of a new viable technology is actually a laughable fight over brand and process loyalty. What’s even more ludicrous is that most of the machines rely on the same wonky technology!
Well let me tell you, back in the old days, we all started screen printing custom tee shirts by hand. No one looked down on you because you had a Vastex machine or maybe a Hopkins or a couple of clamps on a work bench. When we graduated to automatics, we bought M&R, Tuff, or maybe a Precision based on our needs and budgets. Nobody was judge by what they owned – they were judged by how good they could print tee shirts. Imagine that!
So why are things so different today? I can’t say for sure but what I suspect is that tee shirt printing is not the craft it once was. There is no need for DTG printers to learn color separation, screen making, reclaiming, ink mixing, specialty ink handling and all those things that made getting good at your craft an adventure. That’s a shame. The lack of hard work diminishes the learning experience of tee shirt printing as a craft. Most DTG brands depend on a Windows based driver system courtesy of Mr. Bill Gates – not much imagination required. A lot of potential DTG owners don’t even know Photoshop and they love hearing that they don’t need too. Oh for God’s sake, we didn’t even know what computers were and we printed all day everyday and into the night.
We loved our craft. We still do.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Platens

The platen is most important part of the press as it ultimately affects the quality of the printed product. The purpose of this post is to point out the material choices available for platens and how these choices affect your printing, your quality and ultimately your very existence in business.

Without a smooth, flat platen, heat resistant platen you will not get quality printing. Yes, increasing the quality and gaining consistency in your printing should be your number one goal in achieving success. This will take you further than any amount of money spent on marketing, sales, advertising or a fancy logo and signage. It will take you closer to your goals than the old adage – Location! Location! Location!

Achieving quality relates to the best way to increase the return on your investment and become more successful! If you were still in high school and this was your first experience with screenprinting a lesser concept might suffice, but for most of us this is our livelihood. The livelihood of your family, as well as your employees and their families as well. With all this at stake, doesn’t it make sense to invest in equipment and components that will allow you to perform to your optimum?

The platen is also referred to in the industry as a pallet, shirtboard, print bed, printing table and any other number of terms. The terms are geographical and also relate to the substrates being printed, i.e. graphic printers generally use the term printing bed, while textile printers have used the term shirtboard at times. The term platen seems to be the most widely used term, however.

Platens can be made in a wide diversity of sizes, shapes and material dependent upon the production needs of the individual shop.

Characteristics of a Platen

– The platen must be flat
– Must be rigid and flex resistant
– Surface must be free of defects
– If a flash is used, the material must be able to withstand the heat

Composition Wood Platens

A great number of inexpensive presses are made with particle wood or medium density fiberboard (MDF) platens. These are actually sink cutouts from countertops purchased in bulk from a cabinet manufacturer who otherwise would discard the leftovers. This keeps the price of the press to a minimum on the original purchase. But it sends a message to some that it is okay to use these cheap platens to print on forever. This is not the case. Just like the cheap tires that come on all new cars that wear out quickly and must be replaced, you should consider replacing the platens after you get past the beginner stage. Think about it like a race car driver, they would not dare use the same tires on their race car as they would use on their car that they drove around the neighborhood. Of course not, the race track presents a completely different need. And just like that race car driver if you want to perform at your optimum, producing the highest quality possible, with the greatest amount of ease, you will do well to consider switching to the very best equipment and especially platens possible.

Composition wood platens will warp, bow and cup and thus are poor choice. The heat of a flash unit will cause more damage to the composition platens. The moisture and resultant steam will quicken this affect. As the wood ages, it has a tendency to cup or bow thus creating an uneven surface that will make printing difficult.

When the wood cups, i.e. becomes lower in the middle and higher on the sides the subsequent ink deposit will be less on the outside edges and thicker in the middle of the print. If the wood bows, you will get the opposite affect. The ink deposit will not be able to cured evenly and may degrade on the printed shirt. Also detail will be lost from the uneven surface. You could continue to sand the wood as it degrades or you could begin with aluminum for the press surface.

Formica or Melamine Covered Platen

Some printing press manufacturers laminate a sheet of Formica or Melamine to the medium density fiberboard platen section of the press. This laminate produces a smoother surface that can be easily cleaned.

However, these platens have their downside as the laminate does little to keep the wood platens from cupping and bowing. In fact, the laminate itself, being a form of plastic is susceptible to degradation as the surface will burn from the flash unit. This burn will cause a blistering, which must be sanded down before the platen can be used again. Also, as the plastic surface is glued to the wood with a non-heat resistant glue they will delaminate as heat builds up from the flash unit. Remember, these were only meant to be suffice as countertops in a home kitchen, and never to withstand the rigors of printing, heat, and abuse we throw at our platens.

Aluminum Platens

Aluminum platens are the most widely used platens by printers as their durability, longevity, and printing quality, offer a good return on investment. Aluminum platens warp less then wood. And solid aluminum can withstand the heat of a flash unit better than other materials. They can also be refinished as necessary should they become marred.

There are many different grades of aluminum. The differences between the grades is immense and the use of inexpensive grades should be avoided. Only the very best materials should be considered. If purchasing aluminum platens one should pay particular attention to the most durable grades, which will be very flat, on plane and able to withstand the strains imparted by the process.

However, there are downsides to aluminum platens. the solid aluminum platens retain heat and while flashing time may be decreased it will vary during the press run as the platens heat up and retain additional heat. An additional factor is the weight of aluminum as compared to MDF clad Melamine.

Aluminum platens can be covered with a 1/8-inch, heat-resistant rubber covering. This offers an optimum printing surface. The use of rubber coverings will be explained further down in this text.

If you’d like to use an aluminum platen I suggest that you contact Action Engineering at Action Engineering-Home for manufacture. They have over 30 years of experience and use only the highest grades of aluminum to manufacture platens for any need. They have stock replacement platens for all popular manual and automatic presses. They also make specialty platens for printing across the shoulder or all over, sock platens, leg platens and well… you name it. Check them out.

Aluminum Honeycomb Platens

Aluminum honeycomb platens have been a huge advancement for the screenprinting industry. This specially designed material was originally developed for the aviation industry. The material is basically a three-layer sandwich in which a honeycombed core is laminated top and bottom with thin sheets of aluminum. It is the honeycomb core that presents the greatest advantage to these platens.

The resulting sandwich results in an exceptionally warp resistant, rigid, and lightweight material. The weight of a 1/2-inch aluminum honeycomb platen is 75-percent less than a 1/4-inch solid aluminum platen.

There are different types of honeycomb cores produced. A larger cell size will reduce the weight and dissipate the heat more rapidly, however will reduce the available amount of surface for gluing the aluminum laminates. This reduces their effectiveness and durability. Therefore, the cell size is an important specification in ordering aluminum honeycomb platens.

Other than weight, the aluminum honeycomb platens exhibit another advantages. They will stay flatter than any other type of platen thus offer a much improved printing surface.

However, aluminum honeycomb platens have their limitations, as well. All aluminum platens must be a minimum thickness of 3/8-inch in order to have the necessary stability and to be able to resist the heat of the flash unit. The very best aluminum honeycomb platens are at least 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch material would be a better choice. On another note, the aluminum honeycomb platens have a thinner surface and will be subject to surface denting and must be handled with great care.

Aluminum honeycomb platens are more commonly used for large format print, i.e. generally larger than 20-inch x 24-inch platen sizes. While it is true that for the larger platen sizes this product is an exception product, because of its attributes, it can be considered a viable product for all platen sizes.

The biggest disadvantage to aluminum honeycomb platens is their inability to hold up well to the heat of flashing. The material takes longer to cool down than solid aluminum. Because the aluminum surfaces are laminated to the core using heat degradable epoxy, excessive heat can cause delamination of the sandwich. The addition of rubber can result in a greater amount of heat retention and thus the susceptibility of delamination.

Rubber Covered Platens

The best platens on the market will be covered with rubber. The heat-resistant, 1/8-inch thick, rubber covering can be applied to any type of platen material.

The better rubber platen coverings will be designed to withstand very high flash temperatures, but can be destroyed if allowed to sit under the flash unit.

Although rubber covering is a cost factor and it will require replacement from time to time, the advantages to this product are many. The rubber surfaces acts to reduce and may completely eliminate the slight surface irregularities in the surface of the platen. It also accepts and helps with slight differences in the plane of the platen. Another great reason for rubber-covered platens is that provide an improved ink deposit onto the surface of the substrate. On dark garments, you will find that the subsequent print will be more opaque and even.

Because the platen will retain heat, the addition of the rubber covering increases the thermal properties by holding the heat much longer and more evenly than a platen without rubber. This means that because the platens stay warmer longer your flash times will be reduced. The disadvantage will be the holding ability of the adhesive will be lessened.

Waterbased Adhesive

The use of waterbased adhesives is widespread in the textile industry. The cost savings is the biggest reason, as it is possible to print over 1,200 shirts before the adhesive must be replaced on the platen. This number is reduced when printing with textile items with an extreme amount of lint or when flashing, but still one will see an extreme cost savings over using spray adhesive.

Speaking of spray adhesive, its use has declined because of the overspray, which saturates the shop and the subsequent lint that adheres to every surface, imposing a fire risk. The use of spray adhesives also pose a health risk to anyone in the general area of these products.

Platen Tape

This product is a fairly recent innovation in the screenprinting industry. Platen tape is essentially a thin, wide masking tape that is available in various widths that match up to the common sizes of platens. It is available up to 24-inches in 25-, 50-, and 100-foot rolls.

The tape is applied to the platen in order to save the time and expense of cleaning. Waterbased adhesives are applied to the tape and as lint builds up, the platen can be easily cleaned with a moistened open-celled sponge. The dampness can be quickly dissipated with the flash unit and printing can be continued.

Hope this helps. I’d certainly like to hear comments on this post.

Has anyone had success on eBay?

Morning Tee Shirt fans!

As well as having a main website, we are one of the many businesses who have waded into the waters of eBay selling. We opened our eBay shop around 2 years ago, and in that time we have enjoyed moderate success selling our retail products to Joe Public through the site.

What we’re wondering is, has anyone else found eBay to be a good outlet for their wares? How do your sales on there compare to your main website’s sales?

We’ve found it a really interesting venue, because we get a lot of ‘borrowed’ traffic coming our way, that may not have known about us before. We also think that the simple off-the-shelf nature of the selling we do on there, is less complex than the made-to-measure selling we do on our main site, and people can consume our products quicker, which as we all know, very much characterises the way people want to consume these days- quickly!
So what are YOUR selling experiences with self built website:

See our online store here:

www.irononsticker.com

Using Heat Transfer Vinyl to Create Spring Break Tees

Have you been looking for new ways to bring in sales with your vinyl cutter? In an effort to take advantage of the season, we will be using heat transfer vinyl to make spring break tees. Spring break tees can be offered both in your shop, depending on your location, but also sold easily on sites such as Etsy and eBay.

What Materials Did We Use?

Vinyl Cutter
Blanks of choice
SPECTRA® Flex Heat Transfer Vinyl
SPECTRA® Eco-Film Metallic Gold Heat Transfer Vinyl
Hotronix® Auto Clam 16”X20” Auto Open Heat Press

How Did We Make It?

College kids LOVE to let the world know they are on spring break. They also really enjoy representing the school they attend and their Greek affiliation. You can be the resource they turn to that makes that happen.

We grabbed a few tanks and tees that fell under the current trendy styles and fits. Feel free to get creative and use other blanks that may also be an easy sale for you. We chose to use Flex as the material to apply to most of these garments since they are all flowy, super soft, and thin. We also used Eco-Film metallic gold for the base layer of the shell design. Flex can be layered over itself or other base layer materials for multi layer or multimedia designs.

You can barely feel the text on the shirt below because the Flex is so lightweight!

The font we chose was delicate, cute, and girly. This certainly adds charm to a simplistic graphic. We also added a chic design to the side of the tank. It was placed near hip level of the shirt and centered with the seam. Sometimes placement alone can really make a piece stand out. The spring break crowd will certainly appreciate having all-around unique statement gear, so make sure your designs are bold and creative!

Selling spring break tees can be a quick and easy way to use your vinyl cutter and heat press to make some extra cash. Think of new ways to go after the potential sales- whether its visiting a college sports game, posting on social media, or selling on Etsy. Incorporate current trends in movies, fashion, or internet fads to your designs. Be inventive and original and put it to the test to see how many spring break tees you can sell this year!