The Future Of Printing Technologies In Packaging
The printing industry has been around for a long time and the professionals have spent around forty-five years witnessing the evolution and innovation in the industry. Similarly, the printing industry has been learning from innovation. However, these all these years, printing technologies have been continuously evolving and the printing market is constantly growing.
That being said, we have witnessed the high-speed advancement in inkjet technologies along with the development and growth of laser printing. In case you are running the printing business or depend on in-house printing for any reason, you have to think about the future of printing technology and how it will change the business paradigms.
In case you are the beginner adopter that’s working at the forefront, you have the reason to understand and think about the future of printing. With this article, we are going to wear our predictive hats and use our knowledge and expertise to provide insights into the future of printing technologies and designs. So, are you ready to know more?
The Recent Advancement In Printing Industry
When we talk about the recent advancement in the printing industry for designing custom printed boxes, it’s needless to say that digital printing has grown in popularity. To be honest, digital printing is a long-term term trend that has grown in the past few years. In addition, digital printing has managed to capture around 50% of the printing market and has shut down the offset printing paradigms.
Basically, digital printing is the printing type that can be done, such as printing the documents, images, and templates on a digital basis before you send them to the printer. Moreover, the future of printing technology is based on digital printing because it grew by around 30% only in one year. Moreover, the growth in digital printing can be witnessed by rising in color printing.
This is because color printing has risen especially when inkjet printing grew by leaps and bounds. By the end of the year 2021, the color-printed pages will account for 1.2 trillion pages on a global basis.
The Medium-Scale Future Of Printing Technology
It’s pretty evident that the printing industry is going through a lot and all of it is about inkjet color technology. This is because the development and growth are expected to increase when it comes down to the inkjet field. In addition, the growth is evident because the inkjet field is being used more frequently as compared to the laser printing field.
On the contrary, if we dive deeper into the specifics of printing technology’s future, we need to have a look at the areas where growth is needed. That being said, we are talking about the tech-based subsets of printing technology. In the section below, we are sharing information about multiple technological subsets, inclusive of the following;
Better Finishing For Commercial Prints
On a virtual scale, every printing industry expects better advancements in the finishing options industry when commercial printing is concerned. In addition, there is an evident increase in innovations’ frequency when packaging and marketing fields are concerned. Also, these innovations are more about surface finishing.
This is because there are multiple finishing options, such as gloss finishes and tactile options with add-on features. As far as surface finishing is concerned, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that printing technology’s future is moving closer to specialization. To be honest, this growth is likely to keep increasing to ensure commercial printing is effective because it’s getting more attention from the end-users.
Moreover, the printing professionals are likely to expect substrates, such as materials and surfaces to be offered in higher flexibility when the future is concerned. For instance, nylon was hardly a part of the printing industry but it’s widely used in the printing and packaging industry. That being said, the future of the printing industry is likely to focus on printing process automation.
For instance, automatic duplexing and document feeders are likely to become common in advanced printers. In addition, more optional modules might be integrated for increasing collaboration and productivity.
Energy-Efficient & Eco-Friendly Features
It’s pretty evident that the planet is struggling and the global environment is at an alarming stage. For this reason, there will be a higher focus on eco-friendly and energy-efficient features. That being said, these features have made it to the printing industry and are likely to impact the future of printing future as well. For instance, OEMs have already devoted themselves to recycling.
We are saying this because we are witnessing advanced features and technologies in the latest printers that help users save energy and ink. For this purpose, the future is headed towards the efficient utilization of toner and ink. For example, the composition of ink has changed over the course of time to prevent ink drying to ensure they last longer and keep working in the printer for a longer time.
To illustrate, the composition and particles have been re-engineered to reduce the chances of wastage and power consumption while increasing the output. In simpler words, the particles have become smaller because they create more defined graphics and reduce the power consumption of printers since these small particles melt faster, hence low heat requirement.
When it comes down to the future of printing technology, it’s hard not to talk about 3D printing because it is likely to become a method for manufacturing. For the longest time, printing has been 2D and is done on cardboard, paper, plastic, fabric, or labels. However, printing is being utilized to transform 2D printing into 3D printing.
That being said, 3D printing is the printing technology that creates printed boxes in 3D forms, which eliminates the need for toner, ink, and substrate. Not to forget, every process is handled in the air. To illustrate, 3D printing is about creating products through 3D printing. It is done by using specific materials rather than toner and/or ink. Heck, even NASA has joined the field by creating the spare parts for their equipment and machinery in space to ensure safe and faster travel.