Litho production requires a more involved setup. We use the traditional approach to Litho printing: inking and transferring images from a metal printing plate to a rubber blanket, and from the rubber to the paper. This produces a sharp, clean print.
Key points to litho printing:
- Used for large print runs (thousands of units)
- High set up costs
- Very low cost per unit
Note: Litho print is only selected by our instant price calculator once a sufficient quantity of units is reached.
Which printing press is used?
We’re big fans of the Heidelberg Speedmaster. Sounds impressive, right? It is. The Heidelberg Speedmaster is industrial printing at its finest, and produces a consistent, quality output on even the longest of print runs.
What type of printing press setup is required?
Before your design can be printed, it must first be engraved on a metal plate, which is then affixed to the printer. This more complicated process contributes to the longer setup time and higher setup costs associated with Litho printing.
What is the print production time?
The approximate print production time for a Litho print run of 1,000 booklets is around 6 working days. Due to the larger quantities involved, ink drying time takes considerably longer. Once the ink is dry, we move to lamination, cutting, folding, binding, packing, and shipping.
Once again, this time frame can vary depending on special features, laminated finishes, binding types and the level of ink saturation.