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Wood block printing is almost the opposite of a Brother toner TN-580. It is the oldest form of printing and was developed in China in the 3rd century. A relief matrix is used to cut away areas where the non print will be. The characters would have to be cut in reverse, a further complication. Then the block is inked, and paper or cloth is rubbed against it to allow for even distribution.
The two main methods are stamping and rubbing. Stamping was prevalent in Europe before the invention of the printing press. The block was pounded and stamped onto the printing material.Rubbing was the preferred Eastern method, where the block was face up and the material was rubbed with wood or by another process.
This technology came from stamps that were laid onto clay in Mesopotamian times (approx 3,000 BC). The benefits of wood block printing were that, although it was labor intensive to produce a block, if a new edition was needed, the old block could be reused. Movable type was prone to wear and tear, and relied on the editor to an extent that made the thousands of characters in the Eastern alphabet difficult to cohere.
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