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SS Studios Plate Making

At SS Studios, we pride ourselves on the high quality of our printing plates. Although technology has introduced new opportunities, we have not lost sight of the thoughtful craftsmanship that is the foundation of our business.

We consider many factors when recommending a plate, including your press model, age of equipment, substrate, inks, tonal range, and the package you are printing on. Here at SS Studios we support several plate manufacturing techniques and materials.

• Analog zinc, or zinc steel: Plates are created using traditional film output, traditional plate exposure with film, and washout using an acid system. Great for long press runs.

• Analog aqueous, or water wash: Plates are created using traditional film output, traditional plate exposure with film, and washout using a water system.

• Analog solvent wash: Traditional film output and exposure, solvent wash system.

Our digital front-end systems prepare specialized files for the following systems:

• Digital ablation aqueous: Electronic image file sent to laser ablation unit, which ablates a plate covered with an aluminum mask. UV exposure and water wash follow.

• Digital ablation solvent: Electronic image file sent to laser ablation unit, which ablates a plate covered with a carbon mask. UV exposure and solvent wash.

• Digital ablation thermal: Masked plate is ablated digitally. UV exposure, then finished in dry thermal processing unit.

• Digital laser engraving: Laser engraves complete image into exposed plate or sleeve. No other steps required. Extremely fine structures can be maintained with complete control over shoulder and depth of etch.

 

 
 
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