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CD & DVD Manufacturing

Here at 3xL we have been manufacturing the highest quality CDs and DVDs since 2003.


We have two types of CD manufacturing processes. The first is CD duplication and the second is CD replication. We also do DVD duplication and DVD replication.


When manufacturing CDs any runs under 500 done by the CD duplication method and any runs over 500 done via CD replication. The choice of which one to go for can sometimes be denoted by the per unit cost. CD replication is much faster it is completed at a lower cost. CD duplication usually has a higher manufacturing cost and is ideal for shorter runs under 500. Generally after about 250 units of CD duplication it becomes cheaper to switch to CD replication.


We guarantee both methods of CD manufacturing to be of the highest quality. Duplicated CD’s are manufactured by applying a print to the top of a preprepared CD and then burning on the content. There are different manufacturing processes to print on the CD a few of these available in the marketplace CD labels, inkjet printed CD’s and thermal printed CDs. The CD labels are not very good quality and can cause playability problems. The next step up is an inkjet disc sometimes called a digital disc. Some of these are not water resistance and all of them ultimately will have the label wearout. The top of the range is a high res thermal discs. They have high colour accuracy and exceedingly durable.


When CD manufacturing CD duplicated come in a wide range of formats from CD-ROMs, CD-ROM XA,CD text CD+G to CBA’s to CDDA’s and many more. A good list of these definitions on Wikipedia under rainbow books


The most common in use other Redbook audio on the yellow book.


Master is the CD duplication(runs under 500) should be provided on a physical master as a Redbook audio.


When CD manufacturing with CD replicated discs are made up from a glass master and then created straight from the plastic using electrostatic bath and high-pressure plastic injection moulding, with its high throughput enabling economies of scale delivering cheaper per unit prices.


CD replication masters can be provided as a Redbook audio CD or as a DDP master.


3xL’s CD replication and CD duplication are both of the highest quality available and fully guaranteed.


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