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Printing for package boxes

Step into a world of innovation with our quick prototyping service for package boxes. By transforming your concepts into tangible models rapidly, we give you the freedom to experiment, iterate, and refine your design with unmatched speed and efficiency. Together, let’s make your packaging designs not just good, but extraordinary!

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printing techniques we use

Each of below printing techniques has its own unique advantages and is used for different types of packaging materials and designs. The choice of printing technique depends on the requirements of the packaging, such as the material, the quantity, the design complexity, and the budget. Pls contact our team to consult what will be the best printing choice for you.

Flexography - letterpress printing

Flexography is a modern version of letterpress printing and is commonly used for printing on uneven surfaces including cardboard, plastic, and metallic film. The process uses quick-drying, semi-liquid inks and is well-suited for packaging applications like labels, plastic bags, and cartons.

Advantages

Flexography can be used on a wide variety of substrate materials, including plastic, metallic films, cellophane, and paper.

Flexographic presses are known for their speed, which can help increase production rates.

The inks used in flexography are durable and resistant to scuffs, scratches, and fading, making it ideal for packaging that needs to withstand wear and tear.

For large orders, flexography can be a cost-effective printing method.

Disadvantages

The initial setup cost for flexographic printing can be high because custom plates need to be created. This makes it less cost-effective for short runs.

While flexography can produce high-quality prints, it may not be as detailed or as color-accurate as some other printing methods like lithography or gravure.

Flexographic printing often uses inks that are less environmentally friendly than those used in some other printing methods.

Lithography - offset printing

Offset printing is a common technique in which an inked image is transferred (or “offset”) from a plate to a rubber blanket, and then to the printing surface. This technique is called “offset” because the ink is not directly transferred to the paper. The process can be used to print on a variety of surfaces, including paper, cardboard, and plastic. The term “offset” refers to the fact that the image doesn’t go straight onto the paper from the plates, it’s offset onto a rubber blanket that then transfers the image onto the paper.

Sheet-Fed Offset Printing: This type of offset printing uses individual sheets of paper that are fed into the press one at a time. It is ideal for small to medium-sized print jobs and offers a wide range of paper types and custom finishes.

Web Offset Printing: This type uses large rolls of paper for high-volume print jobs. The paper is fed through the press in a continuous stream. It’s ideal for large print runs such as newspapers, magazines, and brochures.

Advantages

It produces sharp, clean, and high-resolution images. Offset printing is known for its consistent, high-quality images and colours, including the ability to use Pantone colors and custom inks, such as metallic and fluorescent.

The cost per unit drops as the quantity increases, so for large print runs, offset printing is much more cost-effective than other types of printing.

It can be used on a wide range of printing surfaces in addition to paper, including wood, cloth, metal, leather, and rough paper.

Disadvantages

The process is quite involved and requires a longer turnaround time compared to digital printing. It requires creating a new plate for every new job, and the plates need time to dry.

It’s expensive for small print runs because of the initial setup cost.

Once the plates are created, making changes can be costly and time-consuming. As a result, this method isn’t ideal for personalized print jobs, where each piece has a unique element, such as a name or address.

Gravure Printing

Gravure printing, also known as rotogravure or simply ‘gravure’, is a type of intaglio printing process, which involves engraving the image onto an image carrier. In gravure printing, the image is etched into a cylinder because, like offset and flexography, it uses a rotary printing press.

The cylinder is usually made from copper-plated steel, but can also be made from other materials. The image to be printed gets etched into the cylinder and the etched areas are filled with ink. A doctor blade is used to remove the excess ink from the non-etched areas on the cylinder, and the substrate then gets pressed against this roll, allowing the ink to be transferred onto the substrate.

Sheet-fed Gravure: This type of gravure printing uses individual sheets of paper that are fed into the press one at a time. It is ideal for small to medium-sized print jobs and offers a wide range of paper types and custom finishes.

Rotogravure: This type uses large rolls of paper for high-volume print jobs. The paper is fed through the press in a continuous stream. It’s ideal for large print runs such as newspapers, magazines, and brochures.

Advantages

The gravure cylinders are durable and have a long lifespan, which can reduce costs over time for long-run printing jobs.

Gravure printing is a high-speed process that can handle large volumes, making it cost-effective for large print runs.

Gravure printing is known for its ability to produce high-quality, continuous-tone images, making it ideal for photographic, fine art, and high-end commercial applications.

Disadvantages

Changes in the content or design cannot be made on the fly during a print run. A new cylinder must be created for each change.

The process of engraving the cylinders can be time-consuming, which can delay the start of the printing process.

The cost of the copper cylinders and the engraving process can be high, making gravure printing less cost-effective for short print runs.

Inkjet Digital Printing

Inkjet digital printing is a type of digital printing where an image is produced by propelling droplets of ink onto paper, plastic, or other substrates. There are two main types of inkjet printers: continuous (CIJ) and drop-on-demand (DOD).

Drop-On-Demand (DOD): This method propels ink droplets onto the substrate only when required. It’s further divided into thermal DOD and piezoelectric DOD. The thermal method uses heat to create a bubble and force a droplet of ink out of the nozzle, while the piezoelectric method uses an electric charge to force the droplet out.

Continuous Inkjet (CIJ): In CIJ printing, a high-pressure pump directs liquid ink from a reservoir through a gunbody and a microscopic nozzle, creating a continuous stream of ink droplets via a vibrating piezoelectric crystal. The droplets are subjected to an electrostatic field that creates a specific charge on each droplet before they reach the substrate.

High Definition (HD) Inkjet: This type of inkjet technology uses smaller ink droplets and a high print resolution to create detailed images with a higher quality. It’s often used for packaging that requires a high-quality appearance.

Advantages

Inkjet printers can offer a wider color spectrum compared to some other printing methods. They can mix colors smoothly and achieve a great range of color.

Inkjet printers can produce images quickly, which can help to reduce production times.

Inkjet printers can produce high-resolution images, which can enhance the aesthetic appeal of packaging.

Without the need for a printing plate, it becomes more cost-effective for small print jobs or personalized packages.

Disadvantages

Prints made by inkjet printers can be less durable than those made by some other printing methods, meaning they might not stand up as well to handling or environmental factors.

While inkjet printers can produce images quickly, the speed can slow significantly if high-resolution images are required.

While it’s cost-effective for small runs, the cost of inkjet printing can be high for larger volumes.

laser Digital Printing

Laser digital printing is a type of digital printing technology that uses a laser beam to produce an image. The laser alters the electrical charge on a drum inside the printer. The drum then rolls through toner (powdered ink), which sticks to the charged portions of the drum. Finally, the toner is transferred to the paper and fused into the paper with heat and pressure.

In the packaging industry, laser digital printing is often used for labeling and coding packages, as well as for printing detailed graphics and text on packaging materials.

Monochrome Laser Printing: This type of laser printing only uses black toner and is typically used for printing text documents.

Color Laser Printing: This type of laser printing uses four different toner colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) to produce full-color images.

Advantages

Laser printers are particularly good at printing crisp, clear text and precise barcodes, which is essential in many packaging applications. Laser printers can produce text with sharp edges, and can handle small font sizes and lines better than inkjet printers.

While the initial cost of a laser printer may be higher than an inkjet printer, the cost per page is typically lower with a laser printer, making it more cost-effective over time for high-volume printing.

Laser printers are generally faster than inkjet printers, making them suitable for high-volume printing needs.

The heat-fusion process used by laser printers creates an image that is more resistant to fading and smudging compared to inkjet prints.

Disadvantages

Laser printers often have more limitations on the types and sizes of media they can accommodate compared to inkjet printers.

While the cost per page can be lower, the initial cost of consumables such as toner cartridges and replacement drums can be higher than inkjet cartridges.

Laser printers often do not produce images with the same high-quality, rich color depth as inkjet printers.

Screen Printing

Screen printing, also known as serigraphy, is a printing technique that uses a mesh to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. It is widely used in various industries, including the packaging industry.

In the packaging industry, screen printing is used to create vibrant, visually appealing designs on various types of packaging materials. It is commonly used on bottles, boxes, bags, and other types of packaging.

Flat-Bed Screen Printing: This is the most common type of screen printing, where the substrate is laid flat and the screen is pressed on top.

Cylinder Screen Printing: In this method, the substrate is placed on a cylinder, making it a good choice for printing on cylindrical objects like bottles.

Rotary Screen Printing: This method uses a rotating cylinder screen (or drum), and is commonly used for textile printing.

Advantages

Screen printing produces vibrant, bright colors that can make packaging stand out. This is particularly important in retail settings, where eye-catching packaging can attract customers.

The inks used in screen printing are very durable, which is essential for packaging that needs to withstand handling, shipping, and storage.

Screen printing can be used on a wide variety of materials, including paper, plastic, glass, metal, fabric, and more. This makes it a versatile choice for different types of packaging.

Screen printing can be a cost-effective method for large production runs.

Disadvantages

Screen printing does not handle color gradients and layering as well as some other printing methods.

Screen printing requires creating a new screen for each color or design element, which can be time-consuming and costly, especially for short production runs.

Screen printing is not the best method for extremely detailed or complex designs. It can be difficult to print fine details and small text clearly.

Selecting the right printing method depends on various factors, including the material you’re printing on, the quality and color requirements, the quantity needed, your budget, and the required turnaround time. Contact us to get a printing solution.

Yes, many printing companies offer eco-friendly printing options, utilizing environmentally responsible inks, coatings, and substrates. These solutions are designed to reduce environmental impact without sacrificing quality.

Yes, digital printing technologies like inkjet and laser allow for personalized or variable data printing, enabling customization for individual packages or targeted marketing campaigns.

Digital printing offers high quality and flexibility for small runs, while traditional methods like offset and gravure can provide superior color accuracy and cost efficiency for large quantities.

The lead time varies depending on the printing method, complexity of the design, quantity, and the specific service provider. It’s essential to discuss lead times with our sales team to ensure your schedule is met.

Each printing method has its own capabilities and limitations regarding the size and type of materials that can be printed on. It’s advisable to consult with our experts to understand the best fit for your specific needs.

Regularly we will require high-resolution, vector-based artwork files, often in formats such as PDF, AI, or EPS. Requirements may vary, so always check with us before sample prototyping.

We use color-matching systems, and potentially produce proofs or press checks to maintain color consistency.

The cost depends on factors like the chosen printing method, materials, complexity of the design, quantity, and special finishes or coatings. Obtaining quotes from different printers with detailed specifications can provide an accurate understanding of the costs.

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