Digital printing will soon out perform other means of printing on speed, volume and cost within the near future and is already making big advances in print quality that is comparable to the common offset printing process.
A process that has been around for many years and continues to improve is HPs Indigo with its print quality that is indistinguishable to that of offset by most people.
For the geek in you here’s an animation illustrating the process of Indigo digital printing.
Digital print is typically economical for print runs of <500 and even up to 2000 with new machines – larger quantities are still the domaine of offset printing for now.
Digital is certainly the way of the future and machines like this are already here to show the way.