What is photopolymer intaglio?

The Photopolymer Photogravure Also known as a photo etching, or a photo intaglio print. The original photograph becomes a beautifully textured and individual Intaglio etching, which is the resulting combination of fine art cotton papers, archival carbon based inks and the traditional etching press.

What are the five types of intaglio printing?

There are five traditional intaglio processes: engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint and mezzotint. Each produces prints with a distinct look and feel, and many prints are created through a combination of two or more of these processes.

Do you need a printing press for intaglio?

Most printmakers printing intaglio use an etching press to do this, due to the large amount of pressure required, which is a press with a metal/wood bed sandwiched between a top and bottom roller.

What is photopolymer in 3D printing?

Photopolymerization is the curing process that’s characterized by the use of ultraviolet (UV) light. In 3D printing, it’s used to cure the deposited material. When exposed to UV light, the deposited material cures.

What are photopolymer plates?

Simply put, a photopolymer plate is a sheet of polymer with one side that is light sensitive. The digitally created design is transferred to a photo negative that is placed on top of the sheet of polymer. It is then exposed to light in a controlled exposing unit.

What is an intaglio process in printmaking?

Intaglio printing is the opposite of relief printing, in that the printing is done from ink that is below the surface of the plate. The design is cut, scratched, or etched into the printing surface or plate, which can be copper, zinc, aluminum, magnesium, plastics, or even coated paper.

How do you do printmaking without a press?

Some familiar ways of printing are:

  1. Stamps – they are raised areas of the surface, that catch ink or paint. These can also be called relief blocks.
  2. Stencils – are known to most. Think of wall stencils from colonial times. Think of t-shirt stencils. A stencil is a hole in a piece of paper that ink is pushed through.

What is photopolymer resin used for?

Photopolymers, also referred to in the trade as photopolymer resins or UV resins, used for stereolithography/3D printing are based on epoxy and acrylic chemistry.

What is an intaglio print?

In a similar manner to screenprinting or offset, a set of primary colored plates is made from color separations and then overprinted, on the same sheet of paper, to produce the full spectrum of colors. The fact that these prints are made in the intaglio manner gives a tremendous richness and saturation to the resulting image.

What is a full color photopolymer?

Keith Howard’s new full color photopolymer process involves the use of digital halftones made on an inkjet printer, thin transparent PETG plates that serve as the matrix for ImagOn film, and crucially, a new method of registering plates through the inverse placement of the plate on the press bed.

Are photopolymer flexography plates safe?

Both processes are based on a fundamentally different polymer chemistry! some of the ready-made flexography plates (‘Solarplate’ type plates). Caution is advised. Dry photopolymer films are considered a comparatively safe family of materials.

Are photopolymer relief plates from the PCB industry dangerous?

Such photopolymer relief plates are not to be confused with dry film that develops in sodium carbonate. There may also be hidden dangers in these industrial photopolymer films from the PCB industry, and regarding their use, that are not yet fully understood or documented. For more details on Solarplate, see: Solarplate.