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How to Use a Printing Press Machine

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How to Use a Printing Press Machine
Issue Time:2010-12-07

In 1439, the printing press was first invented by Johann Gutenberg, and with this invention of moveable type came a wave of books and other types of literary expression. Books could be printed without being handwritten page by page and line by line. Journals, news and other types of literature broke through with this invention. Printing presses are not as antiquated as you may think. These machines are still in use and being operated today. The machine allows for the transferring of images and text onto paper and other materials.


Clear off a table or flat surface that can be dedicated entirely to the printing press and the material you are transposing the images onto.

Mount an LCD desk monitor arm to the back of your flat, clear surface. Adjust the arm to the lowest level available, closest to the table surface. It will stay steady at the level you adjust it to.

Raise the level of the work space if you are able to. For instance, you can lay out a piece of wood about the size of your work surface, but the surface must remain level. By doing this, you are enabling the LCD monitor arm more capability for reaching the table and pressing down effectively.

Arrange your moveable type letter blocks in the way you want them to be linked together.

Turn the mount of the LCD arm to face upwards. Screw or securely attach a piece of wood to the mount. It should be approximately 2 feet by 1 foot or vary according to the size of the image you are transposing.

Arrange the moveable block letters onto double-sided tape, enabling the letters to remain attached to the tape, and the tape to remain attached to the piece of wood that you screwed onto the arm mount.

Cut small squares of kitchen sponge using scissors, and dip them into paint. You may find it helpful to have paint poured out onto paper plates to do this task. Use one square of sponge per color of paint.

Dab the paint-coated sponge pieces onto the letter blocks attached to the tape.

Place a surface of cardboard underneath the material to which you are transposing the image. This will prevent the paint from bleeding through onto your table or whatever surface you are working on.

Lay the paper (or other material you are using) down flat.

Adjust and angle the LCD arm over your material in whatever fashion you choose. Press down on the arm evenly and steadily when you are ready.

Lift up the LCD arm and see the end product of your efforts. For future projects, use this time as an example to adjust the amount of paint you use, pressure you apply, etc.


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