Pad printing is an ink printing process that is used to transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This process is accomplished by using an indirect offset printing process that involves an image being burned into a cliché, and then transferred from the cliché using a silicone pad onto the product.
Pad printing works well for printing on surface areas that are hard to reach and cannot be silk screened, such as cylindrical, concave, and convex. The pad printing process applies substantially less ink than silk screening. Less ink means it is harder to cover up base colors and make true colors on parts.
The process of Pad printing is the most versatile of all printing processes with its unique ability to print on three-dimensional objects and compound angles. The theory behind the pad printing process was derived from the screen, rubber stamp and photogravure printing processes.
Pad printing services available for surfaces including irregular, curved, uneven textured & flat. Printing available on plastics, metal, wood, glass, composites, paper, rubber, nylon, leather & foam. Industries include medical, pharmaceutical, electronics & OEMs.