Doctor Blade

A doctor blade is a thin, flat, and typically flexible tool made of metal or plastic. It is used to remove excess ink, paint, or other substances from a surface, ensuring a precise and consistent coating thickness.


Metering Blade




  1. Printing Industry: In offset printing, a doctor blade is used in the ink fountain to control the amount of ink transferred to the printing plate. It scrapes off excess ink, ensuring that only the desired amount is applied to the plate, resulting in high-quality prints.
  2. Coating Applications: Doctor blades are used in coating processes such as applying adhesives, coatings, or varnishes onto materials like paper, film, or metal sheets. They help maintain uniform coating thickness and prevent streaks or unevenness.
  3. Cleaning Surfaces: Doctor blades are also used for cleaning applications, such as removing excess materials from conveyor belts or smoothing out surfaces during manufacturing processes.



  • Proper Adjustment: Ensure that the doctor blade is correctly adjusted to achieve the desired coating thickness or cleaning effect. Too much pressure can damage surfaces, while too little pressure may result in uneven coatings.
  • Regular Maintenance: Clean and inspect doctor blades regularly to prevent buildup of residue or damage that could affect their performance.
  • Material Selection: Choose doctor blades made from suitable materials based on the application and the substances being controlled or removed.
  • Safety Measures: When handling doctor blades, follow safety guidelines to avoid injuries, especially since they are often sharp and can cause cuts if mishandled.

To learn more about doctor blades or other common print industry tools, contact American Print and Bindery today.