Pad printing– a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. We can also print flat things too. 🙂
It involves an image being transferred from a printing plate (cliché) via a silicone pad onto a substrate. (surface to be printed).
Every-time we setup a new job, we have to make a new printing plate (cliché).
We make our printing plates In-House two different ways, both Photo-polymer or Laser Etched.
Pad printing is used for printing on otherwise impossible products in many industries including medical, automotive, promotional, apparel, electronics, appliances, sports equipment and toys.
The unique properties of the silicone pad enable it to pick the image up from a flat plane and transfer it to a variety of surface (i.e. flat, cylindrical, spherical, compound angles, textures, concave surfaces, convex surfaces).