Types of Printing

Printing Techniques

Flexographic Printing

Flexography (often abbreviated to flexo) is a printing process which utilizes a flexible relief plate. It can be used for printing on almost any type of substrate including plastic, metallic films, cellophane, and paper.

Digital Printing

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of media. It allows for on-demand printing, short turnaround time, and even a modification of the
image (variable data) used for each impression.

Offset Printing

Offset printing is a commonly used technique in which the inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface.

Silkscreen Printing

Screen printing is one of the most durable and color-rich processes among all the types of printing. The longevity of the inks and materials is unparalleled and offer years of service. Products that are typically silk-screened include domed decals, bumper stickers, static vinyl window clings, nameplates, two-way window decals, and vehicle and appliance decals and outdoor signs.

Silk-screened Metalized Polyester Decals come in bright, matte, brushed chrome or gold finishes. They are available in various thickness and with a wide variety of adhesive choices. They can be finely embossed and film laminated for a high end appearance.

Foil Stamping & Embossing

Foil stamping is the application of pigment or metallic foil (often gold or silver but can also be various patterns and/or colors) to paper where a heated die is stamped onto the foil, making it adhere to the surface leaving the design of the die on the paper. Foil stamping can be combined with Embossing to create a more striking 3D image. Embossing is a process for producing raised or sunken designs.

Etching & Engraving

Etching is traditionally the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio(relief) in the metal. In modern manufacturing, other chemicals may be used on other types of material. The etch can be positive having the characters depressed, or reversed, with the characters raised. Engraving is the practice of incising a design onto a hard, usually flat surface, by cutting grooves into it.