Flexography is a modern kind of letterpress printing. This traditional way of printing can be used on any kind of substrate, including cellophane, plastic, fabric, and metallic film. The flexographic printing activity uses quick-drying, semiliquid inks. Today, flexography holds its own in large order and long print runs, specially of packaging products and labelling.

Flexographic printing uses flexible pliable photopolymer printing plates that are wrapped around rotating cylinders on a web press. The inked plates are slightly raised and rotate at a high speed to transfer the image to the substrate. Flexography ink can print on a range of absorbent and non-absorbent materials. This method of printing is well-suited to print continuous patterns, such as wallpaper and wrapping paper.

Unlike individual pieces of paper used in offset printing, the material used in flexography allows for enormous orders to run with very few interruptions to reload the substrate.

Advantages of Flexography

Not sure what the difference between flexographic printing and offset printing is? Let’s have a quick look:

Flexographic Printing

Also known as flexography, is a type of printing method that uses a flexible relief plate. This printing is mostly used for non-porous materials such as food service paper, foil, packaging materials and plastic.

Flexographic printing is special because it adapts well to various materials and is able to use a wider range of inks. Because of this, the printing holds up and it adaptable.

Offset Printing

Offset printing is one of the most common types of printing where an image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket and then transferred to a printing surface. This is why it is called “offset”, because the image doesn’t go directly to the paper.

Offset printing is commonly used for a high volume printing, such as magazines, stationary, books and newspapers.

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