Pad printing is a printing process that involves transferring a 2D image onto a 3-D object. Pad printing, which is also known as tampography, is used for printing onto products with cylindrical, spherical, concave or convex surfaces, as well as different textures that have uneven surfaces. In short, pad printing is used for printing onto any shapes which are otherwise impossible to print onto. A small selection of our pads can be seen below.
Despite its use in many fields, pad printing is commonly associated with promotional goods, where companies place their logos onto a wide array of products to use as gifts, prizes, or any other device to elevate the brand, and get the name out there.
The pads used in this process are moulded from silicone rubber into various shapes and diameters, and their purpose is to transfer the ink from the printing plate to the printable material. The image to be printed is etched onto the surface of an image plate, and the pad lifts the ink, which is then transferred onto the object.
For many of our products, we also use the more commonly known screen printing process. This is a stencil method of printing where a design is imposed on a fine mesh screen, and the blank areas are covered with an impermeable coating.
Ink is applied through the mesh openings by the pressure of a squeegee or other device onto the printing surface, leaving the impression of the design.