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The difference between replication and duplication

Replication and duplication are terms referring to how your discs are manufactured. The words duplication and replication may seem interchangeable, but they are not. Here is the difference:

  • Replication is the process of creating a glass master of your data (CD Audio, CD-Rom, DVD video). A nickel stamper is created from the master, then the stamper is placed in an injection molding line. The OGP (optical grade polycarbonate) is molded at high pressure and temperature to the stamper, creating a clear substrate that contains your data. The substrate is then metallised to make the data readable by a laser and lacquered to protect the disc. Finally, the disc surface is either offset or screen printed using specialist high speed disc printing lines.

  • Duplication is the process of taking blank, recordable discs (CDRs or DVDRs) and writing the information on them with a laser. This is the same process as burning a CD or DVD on your home computer.
     

Replication vs Duplication: a comparison
 

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Quantity
As you are using pre-made blank discs, minimal pre-production work is required, but there are a higher per-unit costs. This method is suitable for 50 to 250 discs.

Turnaround time
5 working days for disc production lead time, although your choice of print packaging may extend this lead time

Disc production and print
Mastering-grade blank discs. Eclipse master testing. Colour fast UV coat to disc surface. High resolution inkjet print.

Associated print packaging
CMYK digital offset print, 350gsm heavy C2S card, 150gsm paper, gloss or matte laminate on cardboard surfaces.

Best for
Short runs, rush jobs, and demos. Replicat produces the highest quality short runs in Australia – mastering grade media, Eclipse master testing, colourfast UV coat, high resolution CMYK full colour commercial-grade inkjet printing, and exceptional packaging. However it is important to note that the very nature of blank CD-R and DVD-R media makes the final product a little less reliable in playback than replicated discs.

 

Replication manufacturing process

REPLICATION

Quantity
As you are creating a disc from the beginning, extensive pre-production work takes place before the pressing begins. However, this provides low per-unit costs, so this method is cost effective for high volumes of 300 discs or more.

Turnaround time
8 working days for disc production lead time, although your choice of print packaging may extend this lead time. However, priority paid turnaround is available on request for most product lines.

Disc production and print
Pressed discs from a glass master. CMYK offset printed disc face as standard. Solid colour screen-print available for quote on request.

Associated print packaging
CMYK offset print, 350gsm heavy C2S card, 150gsm paper, gloss or matte laminate on cardboard surfaces.

Best for
Retail quality, mass productions. This is the best manufacturing process available for disc production. Replication (pressing) is the production technique used for all commercially produced CDs and DVDs.

 

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