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  • Tympan | Definition and Translations

    A tympan is made from a soft material (such as parchment, leather, paper, rubber). It is used for letterpress printing and covers the the platen or printing cylinder while printing. It provides a necessary flexibility and can also be used to adjust the printing pressure. The tympan can be mounted permanently on the platen or printing cylinder or it mounted to a frame, which is then put between the platen and the forme while printing.


    Dutch: timpaan
    German: Aufzug


    A simple galley proof press with a paper tympan

    Ralf Herrmann By Ralf Herrmann ()
    Contributors: Stéphane de Schrevel

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