January 10, 2015 in 

An anodized plate is an offset printing plate designed with an especially treated surface to minimize wear during printing.

Anodized aluminum printing substrate is increasingly becoming the material of choice due to its durability and lightweight composition – perfect for signs or other applications requiring durability – with smooth surfaces designed for producing high-quality graphics prints. Furthermore, anodized aluminum resists corrosion and fade, making it suitable for outdoor applications.

Anodized aluminum is produced through an electrolytic process in which aluminum is submerged in an acidic bath. At the same time, an electric current passes through it, making an oxide layer on its surface which can then be altered via thickness control to yield various types of anodized aluminum anodization processes.

Common types of anodized aluminum used for printing include transparent and color-anodized versions. Clear anodized aluminum has no color added to its oxide layer, thus leaving its natural yellow tint. Meanwhile, color-anodized versions have dyes added to their oxide layer, offering greater color options.

Anodized aluminum is an excellent material to print with as it’s strong yet lightweight with a smooth surface and resistant to corrosion and fading, making it suitable for outdoor applications.

Anodized aluminum plates are popular printing substrates because their exceptional surface offers a wide color gamut and effects. Anodization strengthens its surface to increase rigidity, corrosion resistance, and wear resistance – perfect for high-use applications! Plus, you can print on both sides for additional design freedom!

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