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Etched Metal Company

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Etched Metal Company

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Digital Printing on Plastic

1. You can print plastic on a Digital or a Litho press

Only thin substrates can run on a Digital press while both thin and thicker materials can run through a Litho press. Running your print projects through a Litho press with UV drying has its perks – the UV lamps throughout the press allow you to run inks that are designed to dry immediately in one single pass. These capabilities depend on the equipment your print vendor has. We recommend that you and your print vendor discuss which print method is going to be used to achieve the best results.

2. Not all Digital presses can run plastic

While your print vendor may assure you that they have the digital equipment available for any type of project you want to produce, be sure to discuss if they have the right equipment needed to print on plastic. Some Digital presses can run plastic, but some cannot. In some cases, plastics can actually have an adverse effect on the presses because some stocks are designed specifically for a particular type of digital press. This is why we suggest you check and see if your vendor has the right equipment.

3. The purpose of the print determines how it should be printed

This is extremely important. You selected plastic because of its durability and its tolerance of different situations –high heat, cold temperatures, or wet environments. Therefore, be sure to consider where you intend to display your print piece and then determine the most appropriate materials that should be utilized for the project. For instance, outdoor signage requires custom fade resistant inks so that it can last longer in direct sunlight.

4. All plastic runs are unique and utilize custom stock sizes

Ever notice that restaurants utilize printed menus as a necessary part of their business operation? But there is no standard industry size, material or design that is used. That goes the same for products printed on plastic. Not all plastics are the same and they do not all provide the same results. What your vendor may not tell you is that each run is custom, so your printer may need extra time to order the right materials for your project. Don’t be surprised if it could take as much as 2 to 3 weeks to produce your print project. Be sure to consider the time it takes to produce print pieces when planning your print projects.

5. Climate control is important

Climate control is often overlooked as a factor when printing on plastic. Temperature must be managed when printing on plastic in order to reduce the risk of the plastic expanding while on the press. Additionally, if the climate control is not set at the right temperature and humidity level then plastics could take up to 48 hours (or more) to dry. As we discussed above if you’re utilizing a UV press you won’t face these obstacles.


Be sure to take some time to talk to Etched Metal Company to explain your next plastic print project and expectations, and to learn more about their capabilities.


Providing unrivaled customer service since 1928

Our expert Account Representatives assist you through the duration of your order–from initial design specifications through shipping and delivery.

We deliver prompt, no-charge accurate estimates and offer time and money-saving suggestions when needed. Our goal is not to just make a sale, but to build a long-term relationship with our clients.

Etched Metal’s production systems allow us to keep a watchful eye on your nameplate project, making sure we deliver on the date you expect.

We understand that market conditions often affect the availability of materials needed, and we alert you to any issues that may arise.

Lastly, you are always welcome to call or email your Account Representative if you need to make revisions to your specifications or delivery requirements.

We specialize in meeting your production demands with on-time deliveries!

Like to see samples of our work? Give us a call or email us and we’ll send out a sample kit for your review. As a direct manufacturer, brokers always welcome!

Etched Metal Company is located at:
30200 Solon Industrial Parkway
Solon, OH 44139
FAX 440-248-3556

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