Flexographic printing has been growing pretty fast in the printing industry. Today, there is so much you can do with the printing method. In fact, most of the beautiful prints you see on most products on supermarket shelves are made from the flexographic method. The number of substrates that can be printed using this technique is also vast and has been growing every day.
So which are the most common substrates that flexographic printing plates can be used on? Well, there are many of them. In this post, we have put together a few of the most common substrates that can be printed using the flexographic printing method. They include:
All kinds of papers that you find printed, especially with colorful images of objects, are printed using flexographic printing. This includes most of the newspapers that are being produced today. Some magazines and books in the market are also printed using this technique. You might have also seen part stickers and other paper-based packaging products such as cartons printed. Most of them use flexographic printing plates to make the colorful images you see.
Plastic films include all the plastic substrates and make the biggest batch products printed using the flexographic printing method today. All the branded plastic papers used in packaging various products are printed using this method. If you use branded flexible packaging and paper bags, they are all printed using this technique.
The application and demand for corrugated cardboard have been growing fast due to the expanding manufacturing sector. They are mostly used for packaging machines and other large products that require protection from mechanical damages. But they are also usually printed on the sides, and the flexographic printing method is the most widely used.
This category of fabric represents all fabrics that are not knitted and woven. The fiber is usually bonded together using chemical, mechanical, heat, or solvent treatment. A good example of non-woven fabrics we use every day includes diapers, carpets, furnishing fabrics, and so on. Most of these fabrics are usually printed, and flexographic printing is the most commonly used method.
There are many metallic surfaces that can be printed, including construction materials, machines, electronics, and so on. There are flexographic printing plates that are designed for metallic surfaces. You can print a range of images on metallic surfaces, including letters, objects, and so on. Printed metallic surfaces are also common with advertisement boards.