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What is Digital Printing?     Why the Indigo hype?

Digital printing is different from traditional offset lithography printing in that very little setup is required to get a project started. No more making plates, inking cylinders, and cleaning presses. Your images and designs are applied directly to the paper or plastic substrate with less waste and without the need for multiple sets of large metal printing plates. Smaller quantity digitally printed projects can save $100s in setup costs alone.

Because your items are printed digitally, each item can be different from the next or multiple versions can be printed together to save even more.

Digital printing is a great choice for controlling costs on smaller projects but digital doesn't have to mean basic. Our HP Indigo presses can print on a wide variety of paper and plastic substrates. Want to really make your project standout? Our HP Indigos are even upgraded with white ink and raised ink printing capabilities.

 



HP Indigo Digital Printing



HP Indigo Digital Printing

Cedar Graphics does short runs, too?

We've gained a reputation for using only the best equipment and the best materials. Our digital offerings are no different. We utilize HP Indigo 10000 and 7900 presses to fulfill our clients' digital printing needs. Unlike other presses, the HP Indigo doesn't use dry toner ink. It uses liquid electro-static ink. This results in a vibrant and scratch-resistant image that rivals offset quality. Many refer to HP Indigo technology as "digital offset".

Quality focused? First time printing digitally? Don't worry - many of our customers who've been underwhelmed by digital print quality from other printers  are blown away by our HP Indigo quality. Even under a printers magnifying loupe, many can't spot the difference between Indigo digital and offset. 


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How many do you need?

Our Digital Printing Equipment

HP Indigo 10000

Description
Digital CMYK Press
Colors
5 Color (CMYK + White)
Ink Type
HP Electro Ink
Max Sheet Size
29.5" x 20.9"
Max Image Area
29.1" x 20.1"
Max Sheet Thickness
16 PT
Min Sheet Thickness
60# Book / Text
Additional Details
White Ink and Unique Substrate Capabilities

HP Indigo 7900 & 7800

Description
Digital CMYK Press
Colors
6 Color (CMYK + White + Raised)
Ink Type
HP Electro Ink
Max Sheet Size
13" x 19"
Max Image Area
12.48" x 18.3125"
Min Sheet Size
12" x 18"
Max Sheet Thickness
14 PT
Min Sheet Thickness
.0037" (approx 80# Coated)
Additional Details
Used for Short runs and Variable Data

Cannon IR Pro 150 VP

Description
Digital Press
Colors
1 Color - Black
Ink Type
Conventional Toner
Max Sheet Size
14" x 18"
Max Image Area
13 34" x 17 34"
Min Sheet Size
8" x 10"
Max Sheet Thickness
12 PT
Min Sheet Thickness
.0046" (approx 60# Uncoated)

Kodak Digimaster HD 150

Description
Digital Press
Colors
1 Color - Black
Ink Type
Conventional Toner
Max Sheet Size
14" x 18"
Max Image Area
13 34" x 17 34"
Min Sheet Size
8" x 10"
Max Sheet Thickness
12 PT
Min Sheet Thickness
.0046" (approx 60# Uncoated)

What substrates are available for digital printing?

HP Indigo presses boast the widest variety of compatible papers and substrates in the industry, more than 3,000 and counting. Options range from artist grade uncoated papers to rigid commercial plastics and vinyls. Even foil stocks, wood veneers, and static cling materials are available. 

We've partnered with all of the major paper-mills to build a massive library of in-house stocks, but don't limit yourself. Have something unusual in mind? We deal direct with the paper mills, so most any stock is on our dock within a day. Whether you are looking for static window clings, rigid plastics, or luxurious gallery quality papers, there is an Indigo certified substrate available for any project. 

For customers desiring to limit their environmental impact, we have carbon neutral, SFI, PEFC, FSC, and recycled substrates available from more than 20 suppliers.

Substrates for Digital Printing

Pro-Tips: Planning for a Short-Run Project

When considering taking advantage of our digital capabilities, there are a few limitations to consider. Our digital presses use either a 13”x19” sheet size (Indigo 7800) or a 29.5" x 20.9" sheet (Indigo 10000). If your print job is larger than this, offset may be the only solution.

Close up of Digital Short Run Quality

If you haven’t completed designing your piece yet, contact your Cedar Graphics representative for suggestions on how to get the most pieces on a single page. This can dramatically reduce your costs and help us reduce waste.

Also, if your print job contains a spot (pantone / PMS) color, consider converting it to four color (CMYK). Our digital presses are excellent at converting these on the fly, but you’re the best person to make sure it’s perfect.

Other printing considerations...

Digital printing can also open many unique doors for your business, including personalization via variable data printing or web to print online ordering solutions.

 

Paper in Digital Printing area

 

However, if your print project is not utilizing variable imaging, has a sizable quantity or large dimensions, UV offset printing may be a more cost-effective solution.

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