Rubber Printing Plates & Stamping Dies
Since the early 1900s when the process was referred to as aniline printing and then gummidruck, rubber printing plates have been the standard in printing flexible materials. Despite the many advances is photopolymer and other printing techniques, many printing presses still produce their best results using traditional rubber printing plates.
Rubber plates are vulcanized in a pressurized oven using molds made from a magnesium engraving. The rubber can be natural or synthetic and can be made to any thickness or specification required by the application.
There are very few trade shops that still specialize in producing rubber plates. The equipment and craftsmanship involved in producing a quality rubber plate have caused most printing plate manufacturers to switch solely to polymer.
Rubber plates release ink very well and have the ability to withstand a wide variety of corrosive inks while printing on many difficult substrates. Rubber plates have a much longer press life than polymer and can exceed millions of impressions.
Rubber hot stamping dies are also very popular when hot stamping on hard or variable surfaces that magnesium or other dies are not well suited to. Rubber dies use a harder specialized rubber that is able to transfer heat well without damaging the surface of the end product.
If you are in need of a rubber printing plate, rubber stamping die, or even an old fashioned hand stamp, please give us a call to see how PlateCrafters can help you with your unique application.
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