Monday, 4 October 2010

Rotogravure Printing

Rotogravure (gravure) is similar to offset litho printing in the way that the image is wrapped around a cylinder. This plate, however, is made from copper and etched in a different way allowing for greater durabilit for longer print runs or tougher materials.

The roller with the Copper etched plate dips into an ink bath and the excess inked scrapedoff before the image is transferred directly from the plate to the print substrate from the inked roller.

The vast majority of gravure presses print on rolls (also known as webs) of paper, rather than sheets of paper.

Examples of gravure printing:
  • Wallpaper
  • Flooring
  • Gift wrap
  • Bank notes

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