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What Are the Different Types of Digital Printing Services?

Essentially, digital printing is the creation of prints using an electronic file. The artwork and intended design is created digitally from a computer and transferred onto material using digital printing machinery. There are several different types of digital printing machinery and methods, so it is helpful to know what options are available. 

Types of digital printing services

Digital printing is the modern alternative to traditional printing methods with modern digital printing machinery and technology making printing services more convenient, efficient and customisable. 

Digital printing services can include:

Digital presses

Digital presses are designed to produce high volume orders quickly while still providing high quality finishes. This particular digital printing machinery works by pressing the intended image directly onto the material, instead of using metal plates.

Dye sublimation printing

Dye sublimation printing utilises the process of heat transfer in order to apply an image or design onto the intended material – which can be both fabric and synthetic materials. The method is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as other sublimation-friendly applications.  

Inkjet printing

Inkjet printing is a form of digital printing that is best suited to paper and plastic applications. The method works by propelling droplets of ink onto the intended material. Inkjet printers are a common form of digital printing services and range from small consumer models to professional digital printing machinery. 

Laser printing

The laser printing method beams the intended design onto a metal cylinder – called a drum – that uses static electricity. The drum works by attracting powdered toner from its cartridge, it then rolls the toner onto the paper in the form of the design. The toner is melted onto the paper by heat from a fuser.

Solid ink printing

This specific digital printing machinery operates with solid ink sticks that are loaded into a printer, the sticks are heated and the melted ink is transferred onto the material. Instead of jetting the ink onto the paper directly as inkjet printers do, solid ink printing works by jetting the ink onto a drum and then onto the application.

Benefits Of Digital Printing

One of the most significant benefits of professional digital printing services is the high quality finish. The technology allows for efficient medium to short print runs with a quick turnaround and high cost-effectiveness. Consistency is another major advantage as every print will be the same when using digital printing machinery. This means there is less waste, which helps with eco-friendliness and there is no need for film plates and photo chemicals.

The team at Accurate Art aim to make you and your business look good. We are providers of a complete range of signage and marketing services, including graphic design and commercial digital printing services. Contact our team today on (03) 9870 6680 to discuss how we can help you.

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