Have you ever asked the question What kind of printing do I need? If so read on. There are so many different types of printers and methods of printing it can be hard to know which one fits best for your specific job. An experienced and trusted printer will recommend the right printer for your project but only to know what theyre talking about below is a brief overview to help you get started.
Large format printing A large format printer specializes in printing really big banners signs posters or fairs to name a few. Typically these big articles are printed with a roll of media and can be up to 200 long up to 60 wide. Alternatively rigid substrates can be placed on top of a flat bed printer such as glass wood or cardboard and is printed directly to the substrate.
Flat Bed Printing fills the gap between offset printing and silk screening by providing a way to print directly on stiff flat or unevenly illuminated objects. The ability to print with white ink gives you a lot of options if you print a color or add a base to print. The full color image is applied to the surface once and when it leaves the machine it is ready to be cut and packaged for delivery.
Perfect for shopping store promotion indoor and outdoor signs fair display panels signs and special events graphics. Flatbed printing is great for lonterm work and with jobs that require variable data.
Digital printing eliminates the use of films and plates. It sends a digital file directly from a computer to the press. Digital printing is relatively fast making it a convenient way during a timconsuming and good for short printouts.
Solvent ink UV Curable ink is good for printing on outdoor banners and signs.
Pigmented inks Watebased ink used for indoor printing applications such as paintings banners signs sheets papers and posters.
Inkjet printers Print method by spraying drops of ink through computer controlled nozzles. This can also be called jet printing.
Dye Sublimation is a printing process that uses heat to transfer dyes on a medium like fabric. The ink is bound to the substrate giving the appearance of a continuous tone photograph resulting in vibrant bold colors.
Silk screening A printing method where the image is transferred to a substrate by squeezing ink with a fork through a stenciled fabric or metal wire screen stretched over a frame. This can be either manual or mechanical operation and allows ink application on almost any material. It is great for shorterm linework on clothes mugs signs and signs.
Off Set Printing is the most common form of commercial printing in high volume. It uses a technique that transfers ink from a sign to a blank to paper instead of directly from sign to paper and is the selection method for printing magazines.
Dot Matrix printers use a series of small pins to tap a tape coated with ink which causes the ink to be transferred to the paper at the shock absorption point.
Inkjet printers use a series of nozzles to spray ink drinks directly onto the paper.
Laser printers use dry ink toner static electricity and heat to place and tie the ink on the paper.
Substrate Any surface or material on which pressure is made.
Thermography is a process that produces an elevated image. A special powder stickes wet ink and when applied heat melts the two together to form a raised surface. This printing method is often used for stationery business cards stationery wedding invitations etc.
Flexography is a printing process used for packaging products. Flexible rubber plates are used for printing on surfaces like plastic bags and cartons.
Engraving printing is a high quality process with copper plates. This process is usually used to print higquality large volume materials such as magazines and directories.