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Published on February 5th, 2020 | by Sunit Nandi

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The Evolution of Printing Technology: Top 5 Things to Know

Printing has been a part of the human cycle for as long as we can remember. Today’s era of technology has taken things far past simple and into extraordinary. The evolution of printing technology starts with woodcut printing and brings us up to our present day digital printing. If you look between the lines, you’ll see that world of printing has evolved greatly. The history and future of printing holds one thing in common. All printing technologies can essentially produce the same thing, just with different processes.

As of now, the current printing technology is eliminating all the past hustle of printing with every release of new technological innovation; the newer the version, the easier it is on us. In this article, we share with you the 5 most prominent techniques of printing, so that you may gain a deeper understanding of printing technology.

The Techniques of Printing

Offset Printing

It was developed about 150 years ago, and it is still in use. The process of offset printing involves the image transfer from a plate to the rubber blanket and finally on the printing surface. This printing technique involves a flat image carrier known as planographic, where the ink roller transfers the image to the image carrier and the water rollers add water image to the non-ink areas.

Screen Printing

This technique was also called silkscreen printing because there used to be a lot of silk involved in the process. It is also known as serigraph printing, as currently synthetic threads are mostly used in screen printing. Generally, the mesh is made out of polyester, though it is not limited to it; nylon and stainless steel are also used for screen printing.

Inkjet Printing

It is a type of printing which recreates computer images to digital images by ink droplets on paper or other substrates. It is the most commonly used form of printing, ranging from expensive machines to inexpensive versions as well. The origins of inkjet printing are from the 20th century, where the technology was first extensively developed and recreated what computer images hold.

Laser Printing

An electrostatic digital printing process is called laser printing. It produces high-quality graphics and text through a laser beam in the movement of back and forth over its charged cylindrical drum. The images are formed by a light off on a paper which creates the exact pictorial form through different lasers.

Digital Printing

Digital Printing is the latest yet most used tech of printing in the world. It directly prints the digital version of pictorial to other media devices which was once only a thought. The modification of images and moveable images are easily developed and spread on all media platforms.

Wrapping Up

This is the time of digital printing where each prints are regulating on a number of platforms, from small product label printing to large machinery formation. This is the present of the printing world which still holds a future.

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