Pad printing is popular in the promotional, industrial/manufacturing, safety, wedding and cosmetic industries.
Pad printing is a printing process that transfers ink from a printing plate to a substrate using a flexible silicone pad. This versatile technique can be used to print on almost any material, including plastic, metal, glass, and some fabrics.
The process involves creating a printing plate with a design etched onto its surface. Ink is then applied to the plate, and excess ink is wiped away, leaving ink only in the etched areas of the design.
A silicone pad is then lowered onto the plate, and the ink adheres to the pad. The pad is made of a flexible material that can conform to the shape of the object to be printed.
The pad is then pressed onto the substrate, transferring the ink from the pad to the substrate. The silicone pad is flexible, which allows it to wrap around irregular shapes or to print on curved surfaces.
Finally, the substrate is cured or dried, depending on the type of ink used.
Pad printing is a popular printing method for promotional products, medical devices, electronics, and even automotive parts. It is particularly useful for printing on irregularly shaped objects or those with curved surfaces, where other printing methods may not be suitable.
*Image above shows hockey puck / stress ball pad printing
Advantages of Pad Printing:
- Printing on a variety of shapes; flat, round, concave, convex, dimpled (ex. Golf Ball)
- Printing on a variety of substrates; plastic, metal, wood, glass, rubber
- Highly durable inks produce quality graphics and resolution
- Capable of printing very fine detail
- Cost effective for medium-large runs of 1 or 2 colours
(Typical quantities are 500-5000)
Because we print on customer own goods, pricing is done on a quote basis.
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