For CD and DVD Replication, how are Paper Parts Printed?
As CD and DVD Replication is for larger quantities of a professional product, it is important to choose a printing method that is inexpensive to run, produces excellent results and is a very quick process. There are two main methods used for CD and DVD replication, each with pros and cons.
Digital Printing/Indigo Press
Digital printing actually just means printing from a digital source. So, any printer connected to a computer is a digital printer. However, it is the term usually used to describe medium format printing presses with computer controlled functions. Hewlett Packard’s Indigo Press is the most common example of this. Many CD and DVD Duplication companies use the Indigo Press Digital Printer for their paper parts (booklets and inlays). The set-up costs are relatively low and the results are almost as good as lithographic printing (in fact, most people would not be able to tell the difference!). This makes it ideal for the short runs that CD and DVD duplication require. However, the running costs are not really low enough when producing very large quantities, so it is not suitable for all CD and DVD replication jobs.
Lithographic printing is the standard process to produce extremely high quality prints for industry. It is used for printing anything from booklets to magazines. The set-up costs are quite high, but once started the process works out very inexpensively. For this reason, it is a process usually reserved for CD and DVD replication, rather than duplication.