WHAT IS PAD PRINTING?
Pad Printing is a versatile imprint process where ink is transferred to objects that have curved, round, ﬂat or irregular surfaces, or have a textured surface that reduces print quality.
HOW IS PAD PRINTING DONE?
First a ﬁlm positive is made from the customer supplied artwork. This ﬁlm positive is used to create a printing plate which contains an etched image of the desired artwork. Ink is then spread into the etching and a blade or ceramic ring is used to remove the excess ink from the plate.
Then, a silicone pad is used to pick up the image from the plate and transfer it to the object. Our experienced operators can advise you on certain size and radius restrictions that have to be taken into consideration to produce a desired result.
The advantages of pad printing is that ink can be transferred to irregular three-dimensional surfaces by use of a silicone pad that is somewhat ﬂexible and is able to adapt to a particular shape without distorting the image.