Friday, 15 June 2012

Pad Printing

Pad printing is a form of printing that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. Initially an image is etched into a flat printing plate and ink is then poured into the etch. A flexible silicone rubber pad picks up a film of ink from the plate and transfers it to the three dimensional part surface. Throughout this process the ink becomes tacky as solvent evaporates from the ink. The flexible silicone pad is able to pick up the image from the flat plate and transfer it to many surface shapes – e.g. concave, convex spherical and cylindrical. By applying pressure the pad conforms to the surface shape and leaves the desired image on the object. This form of printing can be used on products including electronic components, sports equipment, toys, automobile parts, medical equipment and many others. This is another of the many services we are able to provide to our customers. Contact us for help with your project.

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