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What is Flexographic Printing?


Like letterpress printing before it, flexographic printing works on the principal of raised items on a plate catching ink and then touching the paper to make the printed impression. As the name suggests, the plates are made from flexible materials like rubber and can conform to uneven surfaces. Typically, only spot colors are used with this process.

Flexographic printing has recently become more popular as a printing alternative because it uses water-based inks. Other printing processes typically depend on oil-based inks. In the past, Flexographic was generally only used to print on surfaces like cardboard boxes, plastic cartons and bags. The process has seen great improvements and is now used on more mainstream materials.






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