Technology is always developing and improving – finding new ways to delivery higher quality products at lesser cost. With that being said there are wide variety of printing processes available in the industry now. Printing techniques were developed to provide solutions to various types of printing needs in the society. Thus, several types of printing machines were developed let us go through a list of printers and the types of printing it does.Offset printing is printing is the most common type of printing. A printing plate is used in this method where needed ink will be on the plate and later transferred in to a gum blanket and at that point to the surface that needs printing. This procedure can be castoff to design on paper, cardboard, malleable and any other material. The only hitch in this is that this can only be printed on flat surfaces. Normally a 4 colour sheet process is used for printing but if it is a higher volume of work they use rolls of paper. This process is so very fast than the printing plate that forced drying is necessary.
The offset is used widely for all sorts of print like ID card printing, membership cards printing, books, newspaper, posters, etc. Digital is another very commonly used printing that can be done various ways. Out of the various types of digital printing Inkjet printing and Xerography printing. Inkjet printing is created with droplets of ink that is released from a nozzle. It quite an economical method for publications of photo books or small books. Inkjet methods used a lot of posters and signage. Xerography or famously known as laser printing is printed through a drum. An electric charge is used to get toner particles to be transferred to the media that you’re printing on. The digital printing is now taking over certain jobs that used to be done by offset printing. Even billboard printing and point of scale printing is done by wide printer in the form of inkjet printing.
Screen printing speaks for its self. It uses a screen type of method to print. A mesh of woven piece of fabric are coated together and through the space in between, ink is pushed through on to the surface. The advantage of this printing method that the surface that needs be to printed needs no be flat. This method is used for printing on surfaces like wood, metal, plastic, etc. Few other methods include letterpress, flocking and thermography where different types of methods are used and different machines.