Letterpress Printing

June 3rd, 2011

Letterpress printing is relief printing of text and/or images. The inking was carried out by rollers which would pass over the face of the type and move out of the way onto a separate ink plate where they would pick up a fresh film of ink for the following sheet. Meanwhile, a sheet of paper was slid against a hinged platen which was then rapidly pressed onto the type and swung back again to have the sheet removed and the next sheet inserted.

This was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. It has been revived recently with customers desiring unique and elegant printing for special occasions: Wedding Invitations and accompanying wedding accoutrement, Baby Announcements, Grand Opening Announcements,etc.

This video clip is our fully automated Kluge with incorporated pneumatic feed running a recent Wedding Invitations.

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Letterpress Video clip

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