Flexography utilizes a flexible relief plate. It is basically an updated version of letterpress that can be used for printing on almost any type of substrate including plastic, metallic films, cellophane, and paper. It is widely used for printing on the non-porous substrates required for various types of food packaging (it is also well suited for printing large areas of solid color).
Very similar to offset Litho but not so good on detail due to rubber plates.
Used in many high volume food and retail industries. Labels, sweet wrappers,
carrier bags and bottle sleeves for example.
A flexographic print is made by creating a positive mirrored master of the required image as a 3D relief in a rubber or polymer material.The image areas are raised above the non image areas on the rubber or polymer plate.
Examples of flexography printing:
- Sweet wrappers
- Drink bottle sleeves
- Carrier bags