Production timeline

Professional print production involves more than clicking 'print' on an office inkjet printer. From the set up of the machines and the creation of metal printing plates, to the actual printing itself (not to mention proper drying, folding, cutting, and binding), quality print demands time and attention to detail.

Turnaround time

Our Instant Price Calculator gives you an estimated delivery date, along with your printing costs. Our calculator is very good, but the length of time it takes to print your job will vary depending on the product you have selected and the size of your print run.

Small runs will be printed on a Digital press, with a relatively short turnaround time. Large runs will be printed on a Litho press, with longer turnaround times. Our Instant Price Calculator always works out which option is best for your print job.

If you need your large print job turnaround extremely quickly, we can print it on a Digital press at extra cost.

Contact us if your order is urgent or time sensitive.

Learn more about Digital vs Litho.

Prices & estimated delivery dates

Digital production

Digital production requires only minimal setup costs. This means it’s a terrific value for small print runs (typically of hundreds of units). Here at Mixam, we use high-end digital offset technology to deliver exceptional print quality.

Key points of digital printing:

  • Used for small print runs (hundreds of units)
  • Low set up costs
  • Fair cost per unit

Which printing press is used?

We typically use an HP Indigo 7600. The HP Indigo 7600 is a high performance printer, both fast and precise, and can meet even the tightest of deadlines.

What type of printing press setup is required?

Before being sent to the printer, your file is converted into the appropriate file type, known as a ‘raster image file’. This acts as a map for the printer, telling it where on the paper the ink should be placed to create the image.

What is the print production time?

The typical print production time for a digital print run of 100 booklets is approximately 4 working days. This includes drying time for the ink, laminating, folding, cutting, binding, packing and UK shipping.

Product type, choice of lamination, binding, and ink saturation can affect production times.

Digital printing press shown with price HP Indigo printing press

Litho production

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.

Litho printing press shown with price Heidelberg Speedmaster printing press

Potential delays

Our Instant Price Calculator provides estimated turnaround times and delivery dates. However, very large orders and special requests may require additional production time. We will always notify you of any delays.

Orders that are in production over the Christmas holiday period may require an extra week or two in production.

If we run into any quality assurance issues during production, we will contact you immediately.
There may be a slight delay as our production facilities fix any work that isn’t up to our incredibly high standards.

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