Digital Printing

Digital printing is the reproduction of digital images on a physical surface. It is generally used for short print runs, Print-on-Demand (POD), and for the customization of print media.

The process differs from lithography printing in several ways:

  • Every print can be different, because printing plates are not required, as in traditional methods.
  • There is less wasted chemical and paper, because there is no need to bring the image "up to color" and check for registration and position.
  • The ink or toner does not permeate the substrate, as does conventional ink, but forms a think layer on the surface and may in some systems be additionally adhered to the substrate by using a fuser fluid with heat process or IV curing process.

Because there is less initial setup, it us useful for rapid prototyping, and cost effective for small print runs.