Etching Press

PrintmakingEtching Presses Print Making Presses are otherwise known as: manual printing press, etching press, fine art press, intaglio printing press, lithography press, printmaking press and woodblock printmaking.

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Richeson Presses

Richeson Etching Presses can be used for a variety of printmaking techniques, including linoleum block printing, collagraph printing, engraving, etching and monoprinting.

Richeson Artists' Manual Printing Presses are manufactured using quality parts and craftsmanship.

In most cases, if you reduce the overall size of the Etching press by 1 1/4 to 2 inches that will give you the the print size the press will handle.

  • All of our press's are made of Aluminum castings - very strong, yet lighter than cast iron and won't rust!
  • The bases are Tubular steel.
  • The Bed Plate: This will depend on the size:

    The Baby Press comes only with a steel bed.

    The Small comes with a choice of Steel or Phenolic. In lengths of 26" & 36" (both come with the gray cushion)

    The Medium & Large are available with only a Phenolic bed.

    (Phenolic is much lighter then steel yet very strong and won't rust - made of reinforced resin.)
  • All etching presses come with lathed solid steel rollers - size dependent on the press size.
  • Dual calibrated pressure adjustments for micro adjustments!
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    RICHESON PROFESSIONAL PRESSES

    An intaglio printing press built for professionals, Richeson Professional Presses are the best quality on the market. They feature rock solid, heavy castings, solid steel rollers, and micro pressure gauges. Priced for artists! Best sellers!


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    TIPS ON PRINTMAKING PRESSES:

    Aligning Your Etching Press
    How important is it to align a printing press?
    Using a printing press that is not properly aligned will eventually render it useless. It is very important that your printing press is installed and aligned properly. If the rollers of your printing press are not positioned in a parallel position from end to end it will exert uneven force that will distort your art. One way to see if your press is aligned properly is to see if it will rock from side to side. If it does it is not properly aligned.

    Printing Press Maintenance
    How do you care for a printing press?
    If you have purchased a an etching press or printing press then you know that it is no small investment. To ensure the life of your printing press you should clean it after each use and cover it with a dust free covering between uses. You should also make sure your press is dried thoroughly after it is washed to prevent rusting. You should also wipe down your press chains and rollers with oil.

    Printmaking Techniques and Printing Presses
    What types of printmaking utilize printing presses?
    The term “printing press” is used to describe the mechanical device that is used to apply pressure onto a press bed in order to transfer an image. However, there are many different methods of printmaking and many different styles of presses.

    Types of Printmaking
    What are types of print making that require printing presses?
    Curious about printmaking? If so, you should know that there are four types.
    • Relief printing: This is the oldest form of printing. It works by using raised areas on a block of wood and inking it and pressing it onto a surface.
    • Intaglio printing press: This style of printing is the same as etching. Ink is rubbed into grooves or crevices that have been dug out or eaten away with acid.
    • Lithography: Originally this type of printmaking was done by drawing with an oily crayon on a stone. Today it is most likely drawn on aluminum.
    • Silk screening: This type of printmaking s created by blocking out portions of a screen and squeezing ink through a thin cloth stretched across a frame.

    Printing Press

    The printing press was originally invented in 1450, by Johann Gutenberg for the printing of texts. This apparatus literally squashes the printing block and the paper together, thus transferring the image from the one to the other. Usually the artist lays the paper on top of the inked block or matrix, and introduces it into the printing press. The artist turns a wheel to adjust the pressure squeezing the block tightly against the paper, transferring the ink from block to paper.


    These are used today as an art-form, (as opposed to modern electric commercial offset printing presses.)

    These Print Making Presses are also known as "etching presses."

    The Intaglio Printing Press is used in conjunction with linoleum. The artist carves out an outline on the linoleum, then places a piece of paper on top of the lino, and then turns the handle. The handle in turn feeds the movable bed under the roller to press the roller and the paper covered lino to form the print!

    An intaglio printing press can be used for wood block printing or linoleum.

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    New Presses



    Shown: Medium (#695301) and Baby Press (#695100)

    #695100 Baby Press Package Includes

    Blanket and Plate

    Roller is 10 3/4” in length and is a 3” diameter solid steel roller. There are two leveling devices on the press for accurate settings. Handles are ergonomically constructed for ease of rotation. Ideal for etching, greeting cards, embossing and unmounted linoleum printing.
  • Print size: 9 ½” x 18"
  • Steel plate: 1/8" thick, 11.75" x 19.75"
  • Felt: 10.5" x 19" x Ό” Gray Cushion Blanket
  • Upper roll: 3" diameter, 10.75" long (solid steel)
  • Lower roll: 1.5" diameter, 10.75" long (solid steel)
  • Base dimensions: 13.25" x 11.75" (width doesn’t include turning wheel)
  • Total Clearance 15/16”
  • Ships via UPS 70 lbs.


    #695201 Small Press Package Includes

    Small Stand

    Blanket and Plate

    Roller is 13” in length and is a solid steel roller. There are two leveling devices on the press for accurate settings. Handles are ergonomically constructed for ease of rotation. Ideal for etching, greeting cards, embossing and unmounted linoleum printing.
  • Print size: 12” x 25"
  • Phenolic plate: 1/2" thick", 13.5" x" 26"
  • Felt: 12” x 26" x Ό” Gray Cushion Blanket
  • Upper roll: 4.5" diameter, 13" long (solid steel)
  • Lower roll: 2" diameter, 13" long (solid steel)
  • Working height: 34.25" with stand
  • Base dimensions: 16" x 29.5" (width does not include turning wheel)
  • Total Clearance at least 1 1/4 “
  • Full cradle return spring
  • Aluminum side castings, predrilled for attaching to the stand.
  • Weight 188 lbs.

    Small Press Stand

    H: 34 Ό” W: 16” D: 29 ½” Weight 15 lbs.

    #695301 Medium Press Package Includes

    Medium Stand

    Blanket and Plate

    Roller is 19” in length and is a solid steel roller. There are two leveling devices on the press for accurate setting. Handles are ergonomically constructed for ease of rotation. Ideal for etching, greeting cards, embossing and unmounted linoleum printing.
  • Print size: 17" x 35"
  • Phenolic plate: 1/2" thick", 19 5/8” x 36"
  • Felt: 18" x 36" x Ό” Gray Cushion Blanket
  • Upper roll: 4.5" diameter, 19" long (solid steel)
  • Lower roll: 2" diameter, 19" long (solid steel)
  • Working height: 34.25" with stand
  • Base dimensions: 21.5" x 30" (width does not include turning wheel)
  • Total Clearance at least 1 1/4 “
  • Full cradle return spring
  • Aluminum side castings, predrilled for attaching to the stand.
  • Weight 235 lbs.
    Medium Press Stand

    H: 34 Ό” W: 21 ½” D: 30” Weight 15 lbs.

    #695401 Large Press Package Includes

    Large Stand

    Blanket and Plate

    Roller is 22 Ύ” in length and is a solid steel roller. There are two leveling devices on the press for accurate setting. Handles are ergonomically constructed for ease of rotation. Ideal for etching, greeting cards, embossing and unmounted linoleum printing.
  • Print size: 22" x 35"
  • Phenolic plate: 1/2" thick", 23 5/8" x 36"
  • Felt: 22 1/2" x 36" x Ό” Gray Cushion Blanket
  • Upper roll: 4.25" diameter, 22.75" long (solid steel)
  • Lower roll: 3" diameter, 22.75" long (solid steel)
  • Working height: 35" with stand
  • Base dimensions: 26" x 33" (width does not include turning wheel)
  • Total Clearance at least 1 5/8”
  • Full cradle return spring
  • Aluminum side castings, predrilled for attaching to the stand.
  • Weight 347 lbs.
    Large Press Stand

    H: 35” W: 26” D: 33” Weight 19lbs.

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    When in New York City, visit the New York Soceity of Etchers Invitational Exhibit at the Transit Museum, Grand Central Station, NYC, for Printmaking Etching, etching and acquatint exhibits!

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