Thermography

Advantages

Raised printing, yet more economical than engraving. Print up to 2 colors at once. Can print 9 x 10 image area, clear over spot or 4 color printing for special effects.

Limitations

  • Shiny pockmarked solids
  • Very thin type may not rise
  • Not recommended for re-use in laser printers

Process

  • Pre Press: Metal plates or plastic plates, job specific
  • On Press: Petroleum based ink or Vegetable based inks react with water on printing plate then a resin powder is heat-sealed to the ink
  • Post Press: Cleaning Solvents (So Cal required low VOC emissions) - Metal plates recycled, plastic plates to landfill - Resin powder recycled and reused in production

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