Chrissie follows Deborah printing the first colour down the row of 10 printing stations with ‘Flash Gordon’, our custom designed ink ‘flash-cure’ unit on wheels. Attached to a custom made port on top of Flash Gordon is a 6m length of 30cm diameter ducting. Fitted at the end of the duct is a powerful, metal bladed, inline ventilation fan. This increased the efficiency of the Flash curing unit, effectively scrubbing away all the volatiles from the speed-drying screen-printing inks ‘at source’ and expelling them harmlessly outside. The ducting is attached at several points to an overhead running caddy on a No.8 wire line under tension—this means it follows Flash Gordon without become pinched or constricted. A kitchen timer on top of the flash curing unit assisted with keeping the cure consistent and a hand-held paint stripping gun was used by the operator to speed up the cure rate and pay attention to known trouble-spots where the water-based ink was slow to dry.