Digital Printing: How Does It Work?

Paper usage in the United States has risen from 92 million tons to 208 million tons in the last 20 years.

Needless to say, digital printing is still alive and well. Whenever you print a digital picture onto a print medium, you participate in the digital printing process. You’re using digital printing technology when you publish a file from a computer, phone, or flash drive.

But, how does digital printing work? No worries. We’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for our full breakdown of everything you need to know about digital printing and how it all works.

Digital Printing 101: The Basics

Directly from a digital picture, various materials such as paper, cloth, acrylic, and plastic are printed in the digital printing process. For example, you can design and print high-quality door hangers. Inkjet printers with large-format or high-volume ink tanks produce large- and small-format print jobs from desktop publishing and other digital sources.

Digital printing has a higher per-page cost than traditional techniques, but the total price is lower since printing plates are not used. Digital printing, on the other hand, can be done quickly, and you may customize on-demand pictures for each print run. Digital printing has slowly started to catch up to offset printing in terms of capabilities and labor savings. Thanks to digital printing, you may now print thousands of sheets at a reasonable cost.

Which Two Types of Digital Printing Devices Available?

You’ve got two main types of printers. It’s either an inkjet printer or a laser printer.

Due to the nature of the inkjet printing process, inkjet printers do not print as rapidly as laser printers. By squirting tiny ink droplets onto the paper, an inkjet printer prints your documents (or whatever medium you choose to print on). For the most part, business inkjet printers can produce vibrant and professional-quality color images.

On the other side of the spectrum, laser printers employ a laser mechanism and electromagnetism to print your papers. A printing substance peculiar to laser printers, you use toner to print. The laser will trace your document or picture onto an electromagnetic canvas attached toner atoms.

It’s more cost-effective since a toner cartridge can print more pages per unit of time than an ink cartridge.

How Does Digital Printing Work?

The first step in the process is figuring out the design or content that you want to print.

Some digital printing firms have in-house artists that can work with you to produce unique designs depending on your specifications. They may meet with you for a lengthy talk to get a clear picture of your needs. You will provide a mockup of the final design to the client (that’s you) after it’s finished, and they may make suggestions for modifications before receiving the final product. To proceed, we must first have your approval.

The next step is to store your final approved design. The final design is stored in the proper format and resolution so that the printer can detect and print the product without mistake without difficulty.

Cleaning the Print Heads

You’ll want to clean the print heads using a specific solution to avoid drying up and causing damage.

Basically, you’ll do this process about 100 times. Depending on the quantity of color in the print, you might need to clean the heads even before you’ve finished 100 prints.

Conducting Inspections

You’ll conduct several inspections at this stage. The printer generates waste ink, collected in a drum after each print. Keeping an eye on this drum and emptying it regularly will guarantee no ink leaks out. You’ll hold a cleaner container on the printing machine, and when the cleaner runs low, it is refilled.

Ensure that the printer never runs out of this cleaning so that the printing process may continue as usual. The printer requires a cleaner every time it shuts down and starts up, and not enough cleaner might harm the print heads.

The printer must run at a temperature of 20 to 25 degrees Celcius, as well as the ink’s temperature. Damage to the printer heads might occur if the temperature is outside this range.

Time to Print

Once you’ve completed all the necessary inspections, the customer’s artwork may be printed on the desired product. You’ll place the product on the right-sized pallet, which is affixed to the machine before printing begins. The product may be stored in a variety of pallet sizes.

The product or material to be printed is set down on the board without any creases or wrinkles. The print will be altered if there are any wrinkles. The digital printer sprays the pattern onto the material by moving the print heads from side to side.

With extreme care, you’ll carefully lift the printed item off the pallet. To ensure that the print permanently adheres to the object, it is dried in a large drier set to the proper temperature.

In the last stage, we conduct a quality control check. Once we’re pleased with the product’s quality, it’s time to wrap it up and get it on its way.

Digital Printing Facts: Explained

There’s something magical and special about holding a printed item in your hands. It has a sense of tangibility that’s absent from its electronic brethren. If you’ve been thinking about increasing your digital printing operations, we hope that our guide has shed some light on how the entire process works.

When it comes to using your printed materials for marketing, always remember that the sky is the limit when it comes to your possible designs. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, you should check out our business section for more explainers and tips on how to create truly unique items.