Whats the difference between lamination and encapsulation?

7th April 2016 by Kingfisher Press

Lamination and encapsulation are two very similar processes that essentially do similar jobs but have different purposes.
what is the difference between encapsulation and laminationLamination: Lamaniating your print is using a thin sheet of clear plastic on either one or both sides of your print. It helps protect from handling damage and prevents any smudging, most prints are dry ink but it keeps the issue at bay. It helps keep a protective layer on your print for heavy use too. It is commonly used for outer covers or corporate prints. Ideal for any office materials and marketing items.

Encapsulation: Encapsulation is using a sheet of clear plastic again but you can choose the range of thickness or grades applied to both sides of your print. It extends beyond the print by around 5-10mm sealing the paper within the sheet of plastic. Almost like a cover! It is more protective than laminate and is waterproof. You’ll usually find encapsulation for items like ID badges, or menus – any environment where you want to ensure long lasting prints with the ability to wipe clean too.

If theres a particular print you’d like laminated or encapsulated, let us know and contact us for more infomation about how we can bring your print to life!