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What is Sheet-Fed Printing and When Should You Use It?

Most people don’t give a second thought to how their project is printed and usually have no idea what sheet-fed printing is. Most simply expect it to look good in its final form. However, you might be surprised at how much the printing process you chose can affect the outcome of your project, which is why it’s important to have some knowledge regarding different techniques available to you. Though you may not be familiar with the term sheet-fed printing, you’ve likely seen or ordered printed materials that were made with this technique. Let’s look at what sheet-fed printing is, the benefits of it, and when you should opt for sheet-fed printing versus another method.

What is Sheet-Fed Printing?

Sheet-fed printing is a high-quality printing process that uses individual sheets of paper that are manually fed into the printing machine. In other words, you’re “feeding” paper into the machine. The alternative to a sheet-fed printer is a web printer, which uses large rolls of paper that are continually fed through machines, then cut after all printing is complete.

The Benefits of Sheet-Fed Printing?

Sheet-fed printing offers several attractive benefits. Many companies opt for this type of printing method if they’re using special materials. This printing method can accommodate special unique finishes and heavier card stocks or weights, which gives you more options. It’s also a surefire way to guarantee a uniform end product.

Best Uses for Sheet-Fed Printing?

Sheet-fed printing is best used for small and medium-sized print jobs. When special surface coatings or special unique printing inks are required Sheet-fed Printing is your best option. Business cards, letterhead, stationery, brochures, flyers, and business forms are usually made via sheet-fed printing. Paper can be printed on both sides simultaneously to maximize efficiency. As a result, most sheet-fed machines can print anywhere between 4,000 to 18,000 pieces per hour. If you’re counting on fast turnaround and high quality, a sheet-fed printer is likely your best option.