Digital printing is a method of
using digital techniques in which the data and images are
printed directly from a computer onto paper, including those
developed for computer printers such as
The process differs from
printing in several ways:
Because there is less initial setup, it is useful for rapid
prototyping, and cost effective for small print runs.
- Every print can be different, because
printing plates are not required, as in
- There is less waste chemical and paper,
because there is no need to bring the image "up
to colour" and check for registration and
toner does not permeate the substrate, as
does conventional ink, but forms a thin layer on
the surface and may in some systems be
additionally adhered to the substrate by using a
fuser fluid with heat process (toner)
curing process (ink).
Printing is used for personalized printing, or
variable data printing (VDP or VI), for example personalized
children’s books, which are customized with the specific child's
name and images.
Demand (POD) systems also use digital printing, for short
run books of varying page quantities, and binding techniques.
Digital printing applications • All applications just like
offset printing, from perfect bound books to flyers and business
cards. The advantage is to order smaller quantities and not get
stuck with a warehouse full of products and regrets.