Printing with white ink is commonly questioned by designers and ad agencies when touring our printing facility. For many commercial printers, printing with white ink is limited to offset printing utilizing spot or Pantone® (PMS) colors. As a result, it typically takes a fairly substantial production run in order to overcome the initial cost of set-up.
Not anymore, in order to provide an easier and more cost-effective solution for variable data printing and shorter runs, Cedar Graphics has upgraded our HP Indigo digital presses to print with white as well as transparent inks.
White ink printing is possible for even short runs without expensive set up and long turn times.
Using any of our HP Indigo digital presses to print with white ink, there is no need for additional printing plates, make-ready, or equipment wash-ups. We can even control the opacity of the white ink thus preventing problems on dark or metallic substrates. Multiple hits or passes are sometimes necessary in order to get best results. HP Indigo presses print to a flat sheet. The HP Indigo 10000 uses a 29" sheet and our 7900's use a 13 x 19" sheet. Mailers, pocket folders, and brochures are then finished in-house. We do not print directly to pre-converted materials like envelopes or labels. Instead we would print to a large label sheet and cut down to size or die cut.