What Is Lithographic & Flexographic Printing?

January 31, 2023

What Is Lithographic & Flexographic Printing?

Victory Box Corp offers Lithographic and Flexographic printing options, allowing customers to choose the best option for their projects and needs. By offering both options, Victory Box Corp will enable customers to select the best printing method for their project, whether high-quality, detailed, or high-speed, cost-effective print.

What Is Lithographic Printing?

Lithographic printing, also known as offset printing, is a printing technique in which ink is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface. The image areas on the scale are hydrophobic (water-repelling), and the non-image areas are hydrophilic (water-attracting). A film positive is created from the digital file, which is then used to burn the image onto a plate. The plate is then dampened with water, which is repelled by the hydrophobic image areas and adheres to the hydrophilic non-image areas. The plate is then inked, and the ink sticks only to the hydrophobic image areas. The inked image is then transferred to a rubber blanket and the printing surface. Lithographic printing has several advantages as well, including:

  • Consistency
    • The process of lithographic printing is precise and consistent, which can lead to fewer errors and reprints. This printing method is particularly beneficial for large-scale jobs where consistency is essential.
  • Precision
    • Lithographic printing is precise and accurate, allowing for small type and fine graphics to be printed with a high degree of clarity and definition.
  • High resolution
    • With the ability to print with high precision, lithographic printing can also print in high resolution, making it ideal for printing detailed images and photographs.

What Is Flexographic Printing

Flexographic printing is a type of relief printing that uses a flexible plate made of rubber or polymer. The plate is wrapped around a cylinder and inked, and the ink is then transferred to the printing surface. Flexographic printing is commonly used for printing on various materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal foil. It is often used for printing on packaging materials, such as bags, boxes, and labels, as well as for newspaper printing. It is also known for its high speed and ability to print on rough surfaces, with high print quality even for small types and good graphics. Flexographic printing is a popular choice for printing large quantities of materials at high speeds and a lower cost than other printing methods. Flexographic printing has several advantages, including:

  • High speed
    • Flexographic presses can print at very high speeds, making them well-suited for large-scale printing jobs.
  • Versatility
    • Flexographic printing can be used on various materials, including paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal foil, making it a versatile option for packaging materials such as bags, boxes, and labels.
  • Durability
    • The rubber or polymer plates used in flexographic printing are durable and long-lasting, which can reduce the need for frequent plate changes and downtime.
  • Cost-effective
    • Flexographic printing is often less expensive than other printing methods, making it a cost-effective option for large-scale printing jobs.

 Lithographic & Flexographic Printing From Victory Box

Flexographic and Lithographic printing are both widely used printing techniques with specific strengths and weaknesses. Victory Box Corp offers these printing options to its customers, allowing them to choose the best option for their projects and needs. Whether you’re looking for high-quality, detailed prints or high-speed and cost-effective prints, Victory Box Corp has your best interest in mind when making your choice.

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