Etching (Intaglio) Presses
We stock etching presses from Polymetaal in Holland and Conrad Machine Company in the USA. The Polymetaal etching presses are of a lighter construction, whilst the Conrad presses are extremely robust and come with a 25 year guarantee.
The prices are for collection from our shop in Norwich. Please contact us if you would like a shipping quote.
We also occasionally have second hand etching presses for sale. Please contact us to see what is currently available.
Antique A1 Etching Press
This heavy, antique (turn-of-the-century) professional, large format (up to A1) studio etching press is very well suited for etching and other printing techniques. The roller pressure is adjusted via leaf springs, which ensures an absolutely uniform contact pressure on the pressure roller. This is a decisive advantage over modern presses where the pressure has to be set via two spindles. Even at maximum pressure, the press is easy to handle thanks to the 10:1 ratio.
Steel rollers 10.5cm diameter, 60.5cm long
Bed size 59.5cm x 120cm
Working height 89cm
Maximum pressure 5000kg
Maximum clearance 3cm
Gearing 10:1 ratio
CONRAD E-12 TABLETOP ETCHING PRESS 12" x 24"
Made in the USA. Small professional press with the features and quality demanded by the professional artist, yet built to withstand the rigours of classroom use in printing etchings, woodcuts, collagraphs and monoprints.
The upper roll is spring counter balanced to maintain height adjustment, whether or not the roll is in contact with your work. We only use large 1.5” diameter roll bearings. These high quality bearings are rated at well over five times the maximum pressure encountered in normal printing! Both the upper and lower rolls on the E-12 etching press are precision machined from three inch diameter, solid steel. The E-12 rolls assure precise and deflection free printing. This press has a 1/2" thick composite bed. Please note the press pictured has the optional microgauges which do not come as standard.
All Conrad Machine Co. Presses come with the industry's best 25-Year Warranty. We believe in our products, so much so, that we will repair or replace any defects in materials or workmanship for the first 25 years of the life of your press.
POLYMETAAL HS-35 TABLETOP ETCHING PRESS
Bed size 14" x 24". Made in the Netherlands. Combining manageable design (36kg or 79 pounds), a reasonable bed size and a very affordable price, this press is highly favoured by schools and other institutions. The HS-35 can easily be stored away by removing the four spokes from the hub. The hard synthetic bed plate runs between the cylinders. The press is upper roller driven. Like all our other intaglio presses, the construction with springs facilitates relief printing (lino, mono and wood-cuts). The upper roller is provided with self lubricating bronze glide bearings. The lower roller is provided with ball bearings.
POLYMETAAL JM-25 TABLETOP ETCHING PRESS
Bed size 10" x 18". Made in the Netherlands. The JM-25 is driven directly on the lower roller by means of a star wheel. The lower roller is provided with glide bearings and the upper roller with ball bearings. The upper roller is raised by spring pressure. The total thickness of the printing sandwich may not exceed 2.5cm (1"). The JM-25 can be used for dry point, line etchings, aquatint as well as linocuts and woodcuts.