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Waterless Printing Definition

Waterless Printing Definition

Waterless printing is an offset printing process that eliminates the water or dampening system used for keeping the non-image area free of ink. Instead of water, this method uses a layer of silicon that repeals the ink from the non-image area on the print. Two major differences between waterless and water-based printing include the need for higher viscosity inks and a controlled temperature system to maintain the correct viscosity as the plate surface is designed to repel the unneeded inks at a specific viscosity level. Waterless printing offers a simpler and greener option for printing. Key advantages of waterless printing include a green process as no emission of hazardous VOCs (Volatile organic compounds) are produced, running time and waste are reduced, the color range is wider, and image definition is better.

Learn more about Kornit’s sustainable printing process and what makes Kornit’s printing solutions green and eco-friendly, without compromising its printing quality, speed and performance.