01 Nov Inexpensive Magnifying Inspection Tools
For decades screenprinters have used a 5 to 10 power folding loupe for inspecting and analyzing their prints, the quality of the stencil, the edge definition of the print, the surface of the ink deposit, registration and other details that need magnification. The loupe was found in the pocket of every screenmaker and press operator that truly cared about the quality of the process.
They are available in a wide variety of styles and materials from inexpensive plastic models with plastic lenses up to solid brass with the highly preferred glass lens. They are so highly coveted that many companies have them engraved with the individual’s name and present them to every new employee. ($9.99 on Amazon). I own all the devices in this article and in fact several of most of them.
If you have a need to magnify at higher resolutions there are other ways to magnifying and assure higher quality, such as: