Printing The Perfect Print

The process of printing is where a paper, plastic or other material receives a foreign material that when applied will leave a visual impression of another item.  For example we print books, pictures, photos and a wide variety of miscellaneous materials.  One of the components used in this process are plastic blades.  These blades are referred to as doctor’s blades due to their perfect precision – similar to a doctor’s scapula.

The Printing Process

The printing process varies from project to project, however there are some core universal steps that we can relate together.  To start off we will need the material that needs to be printed on.  In this example we will talk about paper.  The paper that we will print on will arrive in a large spool.  The spool will be installed into a feeding machine that will run through the press.

The Inking Process

The next step in the process is the inking process.  To start the inking process large plates will be burned or etched with the desired content to be printed.  This can be text, images or a combination.  A large barrel of ink will then be loaded into the machine and fed into the injectors.  The injectors will then disperse the ink to be printed.

As the ink fills the plates and the paper spins a plastic blade will be a buffer between the two.  This blade will remove the excess ink from the plate leaving the printed image behind.  This process is the foundation for all printing processes.  With different variations on this theme the ability to cleanly transfer ink to paper, metal, plastic or a variety of other materials is made possible.

plastic blades

The future of printing will always use this method.  It’s simplistic and gets results.

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