Nowadays, printing technology has become so common and natural within society that people rarely bother learning of the roots and origins of printing.
Nowadays, printing technology has become so common and natural within society that people rarely bother learning of the roots and origins of printing. People have now become so content with simply handing over their printing jobs to DFW printers or other Ft Worth printers and paying a certain amount of money that they no longer think of how hard it was back thousands of years ago, when printing was but a budding technology. Still, for those curious people, a quick Wikipedia search is all you need, but to save you the trouble, here is a brief skim through the history of printing.
While printing may have roots in as early as 3000 BC, let us start at a bit later date with woodblock printing in China and through part of East Asia. Three methods, namely stamping, rubbing, and printing in a press, are used through different time periods and different places. Currently, Ukiyo-e of the Japanese is one of the more famous art print using wood blocks.
Next, skipping the movable type printing(1040) which, as the name implies, uses movable components in order to print text, the next printing technology of note is the printing press (1454). “Press” refers to the pressure applied to a surface covered with ink, which transfers the desired designs or characters onto a separate print medium. The printing press, invented by German Johannes Gutenberg, was a revolutionary advancement in technology as it changed the dissemination of information and the connectivity of people all over the world.
Offset printing wasn’t invented until many years later in the year 1875. To be more precise, it was the first of two versions of offset printing, invented by Robert Barclay of England and used primarily for the purpose of printing of tin that was invented on 1875. Ira Washington Rubel of the United States was the one who followed through in 1903 by developing offset printing for printing on paper. Offset printing can be described simply as one of the most common technique of commercial printing nowadays and using the concept of transferring ink onto a medium using specially made plates.
Forward another hundred years or so, there was now the development of the dot matrix printer (1964). This is most probably the printer people of the current generation remember first seeing and using, as it was considered the best printer for home printing right until the 1990s. There were of course other printing developments during these years aside from the dot matrix printer. These days, very few dot matrix printers are still in use, and in a few more decades or so, this technology would probably be completely obsolete in the face of better developments.
In 1993 came the onset of digital printing. Digital printing is a technology which is fast catching up and even overtaking offset printing. A direct method of printing straight onto a medium, digital printing is much simpler although still relatively costlier than traditional printing methods. Still, it is possible that digital printing will be stable as the best printing method in the future.
A lot of printing technologies developed in the past weren’t mentioned in this brief discussion of printing. However, with all of the above alone, you now have some background on the origins of DFW printers or Ft Worth printers. If not for anything else, at least you now have some grounds for small talk the next time you order a batch of prints.
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