Digital printing is an effective way of making quality prints from electronic files. The printing process is more straightforward and fast. This is because there is no need to set up plates for printing. There are several types of digital printing, as discussed below.
Inkjet printing is a method of recreating digital images onto paper or plastic materials from a digital device. The printer copies the image from the digital device and prints the image by transferring droplets of ink onto the printing material.
Laser printing copies an image from a digital device and recreates it on paper. A laser printer uses a non-impact method to print. This means that the keys do not strike the paper; instead, a laser beam is passed over the selenium-coated drum to form electrical charged powdered ink. It then transfers the image to the document producing a high-quality text or graphic.
Although the digital press is equivalent to the traditional press, it produces high-quality prints. It is most suitable for printing high-volume tasks at a relatively short turnaround. The digital press applies pressure on an inked surface that rests on a print media, then transfers the ink.
Dye sublimation is a type of digital printing that uses heat to transfer dye onto materials such as fabric, plastic, synthetic, card, or paper. The dye moves from solid-state to gas without turning to a liquid state. The image is read from the digital device and then applied to the intended material.
Solid ink printing is normally used in multifunction devices and computer printers. First, the printer cartridges are filled with solid ink sticks and then loaded into a solid ink printer.
Another type of digital printing worth mentioning is thermal wax, whereby a printer uses heat to transfer the wax onto a print media.