Digital Printing Offers An Array Of Benefits To Business Of All Sizes

Digital Printing Offers An Array Of Benefits To Business Of All Sizes

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Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital based image directly to a variety of media. It usually refers to professional printing where small run jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources are printed using large format and/or high volume laser or inkjet printers. Digital printing has a higher cost per page than more traditional offset printing methods, but this price is usually offset by avoiding the cost of all the technical steps required to make printing plates. It also allows for on demand printing, short turnaround time, and even a modification of the image (variable data) used for each impression. The savings in labor and the ever increasing capability of digital presses means that digital printing is reaching the point where it can match or supersede offset printing technology’s ability to produce larger print runs of several thousand sheets at a low price.


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Digital printing is ideal if you need a quick turnaround or only a short print run doing. The lengthy set up process entailed in silk screen printing means that it can be slow and expensive – particularly if you only want a handful of copies. If you need thousands, however, these set up costs are offset by the large volume of posters and the per unit cost will be lower than for digital printing.

Professional digital printing (using toner) primarily uses an electrical charge to transfer toner or liquid ink to the substrate onto which it is printed. Digital print quality has steadily improved from early color and black and white copiers to sophisticated colour digital presses such as the Xerox iGen3, the Kodak Nexpress, the HP Indigo Digital Press series, and the InfoPrint 500 The iGen3 and Nexpress use toner particles and the Indigo uses liquid ink. The InfoPrint 5000 is a full color, continuous forms inkjet drop on demand printing system. All handle variable data, and rival offset in quality. Digital offset presses are also called direct imaging presses, although these presses can receive computer files and automatically turn them into print ready plates, they cannot insert variable data.

The most popular digital printing method in use today is inkjet, which uses small drops of ink produced by a computer controlled actuator. There are three common applications of inkjet technology; Piezo, Continuous Flow and Thermal, each of which relates to different actuator set ups, delivering unique results. Each application tends to combine dye based or pigmented aqueous inks.

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The advantages of digital printing lie in its speed and in its versatility. Unlike with more conventional printing methods, there is no set up process, no plates or stencils to be created before the print run can start. The finished design is sent as a computer file to the printer, which can run off hundreds or thousands of copies in a very short time. There are a range of different qualities available, depending on the make of the printer and the paper used, but it is probably true to say that all things being equal the quality and durability is slightly lower than with screen printing.

The greatest difference between digital printing and traditional methods such as lithography, flexography, gravure, or letterpress is that there is no need to replace printing plates in digital printing, whereas in analog printing the plates are repeatedly replaced. This results in quicker turnaround time and lower cost when using digital printing, but typically a loss of some fine image detail by most commercial digital printing processes. The most popular methods include inkjet or laser printers that deposit pigment or toner onto a wide variety of substrates including paper, photo paper, canvas, glass, metal, marble, and other substances.

Like any other form of printing, digital printing comes in a range of qualities and you should undertake careful price comparison when choosing a provider to create your marketing materials. There are other options apart from digital printing, too – one of which is silk screen printing. The two processes differ markedly from each other, with significant differences in the results.

Digital printing with ceramic inks, desirable for decorative, functional and environmental purposes, poses a new set of challenges addressed through technological innovations. At the most advanced level, digital glass printers, ceramic inks, and image processing software are fully integrated with one another and each contributes to the overall advancements in the digital printing on glass process. The three part system allows for control and flexibility over the application of the ceramic inks. Transparency and levels of translucency and opacity can be precisely manipulated. There is a high level of control over color matching, and multiple colors can be printed simultaneously. Unlike screen printing, digital ceramic printing on glass does not require screens and the files are stored digitally making printing of all sizes and replacement of any panel simple, in high resolution, full color.

Main Question:

Difference between screen printing and digital printing?

Best Answer: by Mike1942f

Screen printing involves a fine mesh fabric originally silk pulled tight on a frame and an emulsion applied to it, exposed, and washed out so a version of one of the colors in the image is represented by open areas in the fabric while the rest is blocked. The frame is clamped down over the shirt and ink or paint is poured in and scraped back and forth to push it through the screen, applying the pattern to the shirt. Each separate color basically requires its own screen.

Digital printing involves an over sized ink jet printer (unless you are talking iron on images) that sweeps the head across a bed that holds the shirt/material flat, putting down all colors at once.

A major difference is that screen printing can be rather cheap and done in a kitchen while digital printing requires a large machine that costs several thousand dollars.