What is CD Replication?
CD replication is the process of ‘pressing’ copies of a CD glass master onto aluminium/polymer blank discs. The results of CD replication do not normally vary, as much of the CD replication equipment used is standard throughout the industry. CD replication companies and brokers are the only ones who can do the job for you. They usually also offer silkscreen or offset printing onto the CD surface as well as printing and packaging. Some will even offer customised shapes (e.g. star shapes, oval CDs), CD business cards and mini (8cm) CDs.
When is CD Replication used?
CD replication is the manufacturing process used to produce 500 or more copies of a CD. CD replication is used for these larger quantities because although the set-up costs of CD replication are very high, it is very cheap to produce each unit once the process is going. CD duplication set-up costs are low, as all that is required for CD duplication is a blank CD-R and a CD burner, which is why CD duplication is used for smaller quantities.
What CD Replication Gets You
CD replication gives you simple duplicates of your master CD that will play on all CD players and computers. The CD can be printed on the label side and will be silver on the data side unless a special colour has been chosen.
CD Replication Equipment
CD replication equipment includes injection moulding machines and other heavy industrial equipment. For this reason, CD replication is always carried out in a large factory with automated assembly lines.
CD Replication Media
CD replication does not use blank CD-R media as CD duplication does. CD replication involves making the discs from scratch and physically pressing the data into the none-label side, creating a series of pits that represents the information. This differs from CD duplication, where the laser burns dots into the dye on the recordable side to fool the CD player into thinking it has pits cut into the CD.