How ink is made! Go inside the Printing Ink Company to find out how its done. [via Core77]


Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Peter

    Big difference: these folks are making ink for offset and letter press, not inkjets.

    Inkjet ink, as we all know, is made from distilled rainbows. That’s why it’s so g*d-awfully expensive. (though this stuff isn’t much cheaper!)

  • Alex
    • Becky Stern

      Ah, sorry ’bout that, Oct 4 was the day I had knee surgery, so I failed to check the blog that day =]

  • Offset Pressman

    Wow! Love this explanation. Thank you.

    Ink Troubleshooting

  • Frank Sullivan

    Nicely done. We developed an ink mixing software program that can recycle excess ink colors into new batches. Good for the environment and it’s Pantone approved. You can download a free trial at mixmasters,com Once a color is manufactured we now have a way to recycle the unused portion into another color.

  • Teefe

    Explain to me the composition of offset printing ink and what each component does.

  • Joel Oyebola

    A big cudos to u guys , this video is iformative. please kindly forward to my mail the names of the chemicals/materials required in making this offset inks.

  • A. K. khatri

    We are interested in production of OFFSET PRINTING INKS FOR NEWSPAPERS , kindly advise