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BASICS OF PRINTING. Die-cutting, Foil Stamping and Embossing Randy Thompson Director, Business Development. Finishing Standards. Correct finishing is usually sequentially pre-determined Finishing is a determining factor in how jobs are printed Master Shell / Imprint Programs

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BASICS OF PRINTING

Die-cutting, Foil Stamping and Embossing

Randy Thompson

Director, Business Development


Finishing Standards

  • Correct finishing is usually sequentially pre-determined

  • Finishing is a determining factor in how jobs are printed

  • Master Shell / Imprint Programs

  • The more you finish…..the more you scrap

  • In-line vs Off-line…..It’s all in the quantity


Finishing

  • Straight-cutting

    • Chop Cut / Guillotine Cut

    • Programmable Cutters


Polar Computer Programmed 52” Trimmer


Die-cutting

  • High or Hollow Die-cutting

    • Used for Single Labels and Envelope Converting

  • Steel Rule Die-cutting

    • For Large areas and where close register is required

    • “Die Line” art required for Die Production

    • Laser cut lines for Rule insertion

    • Differing rule types

      • Cutting / Perfing / Scoring


  • Standard Cutting Die


    Die-Cut Make-ready


    Locking up Chase on a Heidelberg Cylinder


    Cutting Die Set-up for a Presentation Folder


    Foil Stamping

    • Uses Dies of image pressed against stock over a colored ribbon of foil

    • Can be registered to either printed inks or to embossed images

    • For stationery, usually run as masters then imprinted


    Foil Stamp Die


    Angled View


    Foil Roll Mounted to Press


    Stock Feed to Die


    Stamp Impressions


    Foil Stamp Die in press


    Rolls of Foil Feeding into Press


    Business Card Masters


    Embossing/Debossing

    • Embossing

      • Raised Image formed by pressing stock between a female die and male counter

      • Register to printed image or a “Blind” emboss

    • Deboss

      • Depressed Image formed by pressing stock between Male die and female counter


    Embossing Die


    Emboss die in press


    In-House Embossing


    Blind Emboss Image


    Multi-Operation Example


    FinishingCritical Quoting Variables

    • Types of Required Finishing

    • Embossing and Foil Stamping

      • Number of locations

      • Size of emboss/foil areas

    • Die-cutting

      • Art for Die-line for cutting die


    FinishingRecap

    • Print Layout is directly linked to what finishing operations are required

    • Different Die types for different types of operations

    • New…..custom jobs need new dies

    • Stock or rerun jobs use “stock” dies

    • Up-sell premium services when possible


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