Gravure Printing

Gravure printing is a widely-used high quality printing technique e.g. for magazine printing. It utilizes engraved cells on a printing plate or cylinder to transfer the ink to the substrate.
Schematic of the Gravure printing process

Key features

  • Engraved elements on gravure cylinder.
  • Mass-printing technique
  • High variety of low viscosity inks can be used (UV, solvent, waterbased etc.)
  • Web speed ≤ 100 m/min
  • Resolution ≤ 355 dpi, ≥ 10μm
  • Film thickness: 0.02 – 8 μm
Photograph (left) and microscopic image (right) of engraved cells.
Empa's gravure cylinder
Empa's gravure cylinder is specially designed for printing very fine details and structures required for printed electronics (down to 9 Micrometer). It is also has the capability to print very thin layers of functional inks.
Circuit with a glue-bonded SMD-LED to prove conductivity of the gravure printed nano-silver ink.
The CCC is also home to a small lab gravure printer for ink testing on flexible A5-sized substrates. Here, gravure plates are used, which allow a very fast workflow. A garvure plate with various cell parameters (e.g. depth, size) as well as a gravure plate with very fine structures are available.
Flexible and transparent electrode: A gravure printed conductive Silver grid and busbar on PET foil.