This technique’s primary advantage is that it can be used to print unusually shaped objects that couldn’t normally be printed. The silicone pad enables it to pick the image up from a flat plane and transfer it to a multitude of surfaces such as pens, hip flasks, water canisters, bottles and more! The process provides excellent resolution, making it a better option when working with halftones, defined edges, and other fine details.
Pad Printing Process
- The image is etched in a plate.
- The plate is flooded with ink and wiped clean, leaving ink in the etched area only.
- The surface of the ink becomes tacky causing in to cling to the printing pad and sealing that side of the ink film.
- The Pad lifts the ink and exposes the other side of the ink film; ink becomes tacky and sticks to the part.
Pad Printing FAQ
How must I supply the artwork?
For best results we need the artwork in a vector format such as Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, Vector artwork prints/cuts clean and crisp. If using Photoshop please make sure the initial workspace is setup to 300dpi and then import any images into that workspace so that they are high resolution. Images off the Internet generally do not work as they are too low in resolution, resulting in blurry and fuzzy prints with no detail. As well as that images off the Internet may be copyright.
What is the lead time for Pad Printing?
Pad Printing lead times are dependent on the quantity and current production schedule at time of your order.
Always allow additional time for artwork, proofing and any unforeseen circumstances (such as power cuts) if possible. If you need sooner, please let us know when you need your order ready by and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
What types of products can I Pad Print?
Pad printing is primarily used for non-uniform, multidimensional products like a golf ball. Flat surfaces can be pad printed as well. Typical image sizes are less than 8cm in diameter, but print sizes of 13cm or larger can be achieved in special occasions. You can pad print a very wide range of substrates, including plastics, metals, glass, ceramic, vinyl, rubber, polypropylene, leather, acrylic, cotton, even food items and more. A pad printer is NOT a documentation printer but it can be used for printing on paper products, for instance paper cubes or napkins.