Pad Printing & Screen Printing
Equipment and Supplies
Pad Printing Machines
Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This is accomplished using an indirect offset printing process that involves an image being transferred from the cliché/plate via a silicone rubber pad onto a substrate. Pad printing is used for printing on otherwise difficult to print on products in many industries including medical, automotive, promotional, apparel, electronics, appliances, sports equipment and toys. It can also be used to deposit functional materials such as conductive inks, adhesives, dyes, lubricant and even food products like chocolates.
Screen Printing Machines
Screen Printing Machines uses a fine material/mesh to transfer an image to another material. The mesh is stretched to create a screen and an ink is pressed against the mesh in order to successfully print the image. Actually all pad printing inks can be used for screen printing as well by just adding the retarder instead of Thinner
Pad Printing Supplies
Pad Printing Inks
Substrates may differ in their chemical structure or method of manufacture. A test for suitability must always be carried out before printing. Antistatic, Mould Release Agents and Slip Additives may have negative effects on adhesion, and should be detected and removed prior to printing.