Production Print: Know Your Printers

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Are you ready to buy a production printer? Not so fast--before you make a decision, it's important to know what your options are and what might be best for your business. Let's take a closer look!

Become a Production Print Pro

When you add production print capabilities to your company, the new opportunities are almost endless. Whether you want to print in unusual shapes and sizes, use new materials like vinyl or wood, or just manage your needs in creative ways, you've chosen just the right solution.

However, before you can enjoy all of that, you need to make sure you end up with the right production printer. There are plenty of things to consider--like speed, size, functions, costs, and more--but the first step is to find out what production printer types are available.

Here are three basic options:

  • Laser production print

Just like desktop or office printers, laser production printers use toner to get the job done. The tiny ink particles in toner are heated by the machine, causing them to stick to your print material (hint: it doesn't have to be paper). The result is vibrant, high-quality imagery and a long list of possibilities.

  • Inkjet production print

If you're more concerned with cost-efficiency, an inkjet production printer might be your new best friend. While they can produce high-quality images, they use liquid ink that doesn't print with as much "pop," which means colors can be a bit dull.

  • Lithograph production print

Unlike the previous options, this is one term you usually don't hear when discussing traditional printers. Lithographic production printing uses ink with an oil base in combination with water. Because the two don't mix, the ink is left behind to form your image. While these machines are good for highly repetitive tasks, they don't give you as much creative freedom--and it takes a lot of time, energy, and practice to get things just right.


Now that you know what your options are, it might be easier to choose the machine that will make production print easy, accessible, affordable, and even fun for your company. Of course, there's plenty more to know--so don't forget to do your research.

Need help finding the right device? Contact us today for everything you need to know about production print.