The Evolution of Digital Printing

Arquivo em: Map Printing / January 17, 2018

Evolving dramatically over the past two decades, digital printing has completely transformed the way printed marketing materials are created and used by businesses to showcase products and services. As opposed to offset printing, which requires specially created printing plates to make identical copies, digital printers provide the capacity to make a different impression on each-and-every sheet of printed paper. However such solely spectacular digital designs arise from humble beginnings…

 Hammer it Out: The First Commercially-Used Digital Printer

It may come as a surprise to many, the first commercially used digital printers were dot matrix. Not all dot matrix printers pounded out the pages, however. This genre included both ‘impact’ printers, still in-use today for their typewriter-like capacity to strike-through duplicates and triplicates; and ‘non-impact’ models such as thermal, inkjet, and laser options.

Smooth Move: Laser Printers Slide into Focus

The 80s and 90s saw laser and inkjet printers enter the scene, such as the Canon CX, HP LaserJet, Apple LaserWriter and HP DeskJet. Because they contained the postscript language on the board, they were considered quite powerful computers for their time. Using toner (electrically-charged powder) to fuse images to paper fibers (laser printers), or spraying ink onto pages in a series of tiny dots to form an image/text, they continued to evolve to higher dpi models, and later into today’s high production-level machines.

Bling Bling: Multifunction Printers (MFPs)

Not surprisingly, around the time multitasking millennials entered the world, so did multi-function inkjet printing technology, printing, copying, faxing and scanning its way into homes and businesses. Not as speedy as MFPs in-use today, they later evolved to faster, higher resolution equipment, including wide format printers for substrate 40” to 16-feet wide.

Lit: Today’s Digital Printers

Though today’s digital printers still haven’t reached high-speed production, we’ve continue to come a long way since millennial digital printing tech.  A popular choice for small-run projects, today’s digital printers have overcome past color limitations, now offering dynamic, color-rich printing solutions driven by advances in ink, print heads, substrates and coatings, and color management tools, offering beautiful print results at a competitive price.


Breaking Boundaries: Digital Technology for Today’s Map Printing Needs

In keeping with the pace of advancing technology and in response to consumer demand, Map Printer employs some of today’s most advanced digital printing technology in map printing, including…

  • HP Indigo 7500 Digital Color Press
    The state-of-the-art HP Indigo Digital Press delivers the widest, most accurate digital color gamut on the market, with up to 7 ink stations for emulation of up to 97% of PANTONE® colors. A white ink options offers compatibility with a range of map media, including coated, uncoated, synthetic, transparent, metallic, colored, and other specialty media.
  • HP LX800 Wide Format Latex Printer
    Print map products up to 3 meters wide for indoor or outdoor application with the HP LX800 on a variety of substrates. Latex ink and up to 1200 dpi resolution ensure outstanding image results.


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