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Cheap tactile images

Cheaper often also means lower quality. But not always. We have developed a technique to produce cheap tactile images. With a higher quality than what is common!

Right now, swell-paper is a common application to create tactile images. An image is printed on special sheet of paper with black ink. After that, the sheet is heated in a kind of oven. In the places where ink sits, the paper swells, making the image tactile. This technique has meant a lot to people with visual impairment. However, there are also disadvantages:

  • braille is of poor quality;
  • the relief wears out quickly;
  • it is a labour-intensive process, especially with larger editions;
  • swell-paper is relatively expensive.

We have developed an alternative to swell-paper. With our relief printer we print molds containing relief and braille. Printing is relatively costly. Not so much because of the cost of the ink, but mainly because of the time the relief printer takes to build up the layers of ink necessary to create the height. We then place the molds in our platen press. Now the relief and braille can be duplicated at lightning speed and cheaply, especially when it comes to largere editions!
The benefits of this technique:

  • depending on the circulation quickly 80% cheaper than swell-paper;
  • high-quality braille and relief;
  • quick and cheap to reproduce;
  • normal (braille) paper can be used;
  • can be combined with high quality braille texts.

This new way of producing relief is in fact a form of blind embossing. This is unique in the sense that the old technique of our Heidelberger presses is combined with the new technology of our high-tech relief printer.

Curious what is possible, or do you want to receive an example? Feel free to get in touch!