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Further information

What is CD duplication?

CD duplication is where standard or special shape CD-Rs are burnt with a laser in normal CD or DVD writer drives. The '-R' after the format type stands for 'Recordable' (As opposed to CD replication which are referred to as CD ROM where the 'ROM' stands for 'Read-Only Memory' as these discs cannot be burnt at all and are 'pressed' at the time of manufacture).

For CD duplication we use robotic CD duplicators that can process large numbers of CDs of all sizes quickly and efficiently. This type of production is ideal for smaller print runs of 1000 discs or less, or where the discs are required very quickly. These discs are typically applied with photo-glossy labels that have been printed in a very high quality laser printer. The laser print process is smudge-proof and allows full colour printing that is suitable for photographs or complex colour gradients.

An advantage of duplicated discs is that we can supply them printed, but blank, for you to burn your own content onto in a standard CD-RW or DVD-RW drive. This can be useful if you are sending out individual client files, or if the information that you need to put on the discs is constantly varying.

The other main type of CD and DVD production is referred to as CD replication which involves pressing the discs from a glass master. This process is used for higher volume discs, resulting in much lower unit costs for larger orders of 1000 discs or more.


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