Thermography explained…

Our production process can sometimes be a little baffling to people trying to understand the various print techniques, so we created a home movie of some business cards being printed at our factory – see here (link may take a few seconds to load on YouTube). Whilst it’s not possibly going to be shortlisted for the Golden Globe this year, it might show you how our presses ‘roll’ here in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Thermofast Sudbury

Thermographic Printing Explained

We can thermographically print on any card or paper stock, up to 400gsm standard or even using uber thick 700gsm by applying double weight card, this can also be used as a blunt instrument! We can use laser-printer proof inks also to guarantee no ‘peel off’ when using with desktop or digital printers.

Thermographic printing is a multi-stage process. First, a printed paper drops off the printing press onto a conveyor. The conveyor moves the sticky ink underneath the thermography powder which is shaken on top of the entire sheet. The powder attaches to the wet ink. The extra powder is then vacuumed up and stored for re-use. Next, the coated sheet passes through an oven with temperatures ranging from 900 to 1300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Laser-safe results in thermography combines a specially formulated powder with an ultraviolet light used to harden or cure the raised stationery so it won’t re-melt.This can take place on an in-line machine or the conveyor of the thermography machine combined with a retrofit unit. This is the most productive and cost effective procedure and produces a smoother finish on fine lines of type, almost resembling genuine copper plate engraving.

Our process allows up to four pantone colours to be applied in thermography, and gives your invitations a touch of class with the round corner gilt edged cards and the thermography together – you can be sure to create the right impression for your event with thermo-printed, hand finished gilt edged cards. We pride ourself on the quality of our work and your event deserves the best.