Printing corrugated mailing boxes, business cards and custom labels can be completed through many different methods, but flexo and digital are among the most popular. With flexography and digital printing capabilities continually improving and expanding, it can be challenging to decide which of these two methods of printing is best for you and your specific project. Because both have their own benefits and drawbacks, however, there are times to choose one over the other.
Flexography or flexographic printing is a high-quality, low-cost printing solution that uses flexible rubber plates mounted on a cylinder. To make an impression on various types of substrates, a wide range of inks are rolled onto the printing plates. Flexography is an excellent choice for large-scale printing and variable repeat lengths. One of the best things about flexo printing is the flexibility it offers — for both materials and techniques.
Choosing flexo printing comes with several advantages, including:
If you’re short on time, flexographic printing may not be your best option. Flexography can include downtime between jobs and while changing out plates. At times, shadows and gradations can also have drop-off issues.
Digital printing involves printing an electronic image directly onto a substrate using an inkjet or laser solution. The on-demand printing solution takes less time than other methods because it does not use printing plates.
Benefits of digital printing include:
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Every method of printing has its drawbacks — and that doesn’t exclude digital printing. Digital printing is not an ideal choice for bulk orders, and it offers limited options when it comes to substrates and finishes.
Many companies, both large and small, are taking advantage of custom packaging using both digital and flexo printing solutions. Doing so enhances the unboxing experience for users and creates excitement around the brand.
Examples of companies that have used digital printing on their subscription mailing boxes include:
Flexography is another popular printing choice, and it’s often used for the following products and industries:
Whether you need flexo, digital or any other printing for your product packaging, Bolt Boxes is here to help. With almost 60 years in the industry and a G7 Master Qualification, we are committed to bringing our pre-press expertise to all of your branding efforts.
Design your own custom mailing box using our online configurator today. Or, if you’re unsure where to start, reach out to us for more information on our printing capabilities, or browse examples of our past work for inspiration.