noun Printing.
a machine that makes plates used for reproducing illustrations or printed matter, especially halftone or etched illustrations.
the operator of such a machine.

1250–1300; Middle English, as surname meaning “armorer”; see plate1, maker Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The masked negative or flat is then put into a machine called a contact platemaker.
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