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The Evolution of Modern Printing Technology
By Bob Wagner
Posted: 2023-11-27T19:18:52Z

The Evolution of Modern Printing Technology: From Gutenberg to Canon VarioPRINT iX Series Inkjet

Bob Wagner

Chief Sales Consultative Executive

Foresight Group



Printing technology has come a long way since Johannes Gutenberg introduced the world to the printing press in the 15th century. Today, we live in an era of cutting-edge printing technology that has revolutionized the way we create, share, and reproduce text and images. In this blog, we will explore the evolution of modern printing technology, from its humble beginnings to the remarkable innovations of the 21st century, including Canon VarioPRINT iX series inkjet technology, and the notable contribution of Foresight Group Printing in Michigan.

The Gutenberg Press: A Revolutionary Invention

Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the mechanical movable-type printing press in the 1440s marked a pivotal moment in history. This innovation made it possible to produce books, newspapers, and other written materials with greater efficiency and at a lower cost. The spread of knowledge and information accelerated, paving the way for the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.

Offset Printing and the Industrial Revolution

The 19th century saw the rise of offset printing, which involved transferring ink from a plate to a rubber blanket and then onto the printing surface. This method allowed for high-speed printing, making it possible to produce large quantities of printed materials during the Industrial Revolution. Magazines, newspapers, and advertising materials became more accessible to the masses.

Lithography and the Color Printing Revolution

In the early 20th century, the invention of offset lithography brought color printing into the mainstream. This technique enabled the mass production of colorful posters, magazines, and advertisements. It played a significant role in shaping modern advertising and graphic design.


Digital Printing and the Information Age

The late 20th century witnessed the advent of digital printing technology. Unlike traditional printing methods, digital printing eliminates the need for plates, making it more cost-effective for short print runs and personalized content. Inkjet and laser printers, commonly found in homes and offices, are prime examples of this technology.

Canon VarioPRINT iX Series Inkjet: A Game-Changer

In recent years, Canon's VarioPRINT iX series inkjet technology has been a game-changer in the world of commercial printing. These high-speed inkjet printers provide outstanding print quality, cost efficiency, and versatility, making them ideal for various printing applications, including books, direct mail, and transactional printing. The Canon VarioPRINT iX series represents a leap forward in inkjet printing, offering speed and quality that rivals offset printing.

Foresight Group Printing in Michigan

Foresight Group Printing, based in Michigan, has embraced and harnessed modern printing technology to provide innovative and reliable printing solutions. Their commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry and adopting cutting-edge technologies, such as the Canon VarioPRINT iX series, has earned them a reputation for excellence in the world of printing.



Modern printing technology has come a long way from the days of the Gutenberg press. From offset printing to digital printing and the innovative Canon VarioPRINT iX series inkjet, it has continually evolved, transforming the way we communicate, create, and manufacture. As technology continues to advance, we can only anticipate more exciting developments in the world of printing, promising new possibilities and applications for this indispensable tool of human communication and creativity. Foresight Group Printing's commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry, combined with cutting-edge technologies like the Canon VarioPRINT iX series, exemplifies the industry's innovative spirit and its dedication to providing the best printing solutions for the modern world.