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Pad printing

The ability to print on curved surfaces and different materials

Suitable for medium and large print runs

One of the challenges in the printing industry was printing on curved/round surfaces. The necessity of printing on objects that are not straight, but curved, round, circular or cylindrical, led to the birth of pad printing. With the introduction of the pad printing and special pad printing machines, it is now possible to transfer print on almost any uneven and curved surfaces. Printing on plastic, glass, ceramics, rubber, and metal with surfaces that are impeccably flat no longer pose a problem of the modern pad printing press.

J Print Center Chicago offers you custom pad printing services and is capable of stamping your company’s logo or slogan on any curved surfaces. Also, we offer a wide range of promotional material at affordable prices with the possibility of pad printing on them.

Get custom, personalized office supplies (printing on pens, lighters, notebooks, holes punches, rubber stamps, chairs, business card holders, coffee mugs, and much more.)

Pad printing technique finds it’s most common application in printing on lighters, pens, key chains, diaries, watches, clothes hangers, glasses, ashtrays and other similar advertising materials.

Print out your logo and contact details on the promotional material you’ll give to your potential or regular customers.

Pad printing is applied to:

  • Cylindrical objects
  • Spherical/Rouns objects
  • Complex angles
  • Item textured
  • Concave/ circular objects
  • Convex objects

What is pad printing?

This curved surface printing technique involves an indirect imprint (silicone pad). The process of pad printing applies a printing technique in which a two-dimensional image is transferred to a three-dimensional - 3D object. This procedure is done through the printing forms, commonly engraving plates. This curved surface printing technology is done with the help of silicone pads that are applied to the printing surface. Initially, the color is applied by roller to the printing form, then the excess is taken off with the knife, to get the paint, which is located in the recesses, taken by silicone pad and apply to the surface intended for printing.

Thanks to physical and chemical changes of the printing form it's possible to make a printed image that silicone pad presses onto. When the pad subsequently lowered onto the printing object the same image is left on the surface for printing. With the help of special properties such as flexibility and adaptability to the surface, the image can be transferred to a variety of surfaces and shapes and so printing on round, circular or cylindrical objects is possible.

Advantages of pad printing:

  • The ability to print on curved surfaces
  • The ability to print on different materials
  • Obtaining accurate, high-quality prints
  • Suitable for medium and large print runs

The pad printed products we can see all around us. Thanks to the pad printing it is possible to print on medical devices, car parts, keyboard and computer monitor, TV, toys and many other items, to which it was not possible to print the desired label using other techniques. Using this technique, your custom product printing and decorating services will be at top of the game.

Constantly working to justify your trust, through their commitment and thanks to pad printing equipment, our J Print Center in Chicago IL is here to meet your needs in terms of pad printings on all curved surfaces of your choice. If you want to print on vehicles, to print on cups, bottles, mugs, or to make personalized cups for a wedding, custom pens, custom lighters, custom office supplies, just place a request and we’ll get it back to you as soon as possible.

Want to get big?

We also offer Vehicle Branding and Wrapping, printing on cars or trucks, motorbikes or bikes only.

Pad printing
Pad printing on lighters
Pad printing on pens

Pad Printing On Curved and Cylindrical Surfaces

Pad printing has the advantage of being especially versatile and for that reason adapt to different substances of any shape and dimensions. It's possible to create prints on small objects where precision is a vital feature, such as syringes and scales generally. You can also customize large objects, such as satellite dishes, bins or bins for cars, using highly visible and identifiable logos. 

Pad printing is quick, affordable and perfect for achieving premium quality, little prints. It is mostly chosen because of its low price, so you pay less for a large quantity of printing on mugs, pens and more. Although it is fantastic for attaining accurate results. It's slightly restricted in terms of speed. It is less lasting than most other key-inscribing methods. In addition, it enables more in-depth typography that can be achieved together with molding. 

Pad printing is mostly used for printing on mugs, pens, lighters, rubber stamps, bottles and other round surfaces.

The pad printing process or tampon printing as it's called in Europe is getting more and more significant to industrial programs each year. The method is even utilized to print edible ink on particular sorts of candy. Virtually all known substances may be pad printed. Pad printing started to conquer market shares (over hot (and display printing) in the early 1970's, particularly in printing areas where other methods revealed their constraints or could not be utilized entirely.

You can print on:

  • pens,
  • lighters,
  • USB memory sticks,
  • balls,
  • thermos flasks,
  • little lamps,
  • pendants,
  • bowls,
  • calculators,
  • tablet computers
  • laptop devices,
  • cans,
  • cups,
  • glasses,
  • notepads

Pad Printing Ink

Even though the pad printer itself is the greatest item of equipment, the tiniest consumable: ink, is the most crucial. Every ink is special in composition thus shifting its adhesion to substrates. Whatever the circumstance, inks have come quite a distance in both durability and color. Inks are definitely the most crucial part of the pad printing procedure. It's thus very important to pick the suitable ink lubricant for your unique needs.

The major benefit of pad printing, when compared with other printing systems, is the exceptional chance of printing on irregularly shaped surfaces, although other printing techniques are often restricted to horizontal and/or round surfaces only (such as screen printing).

So Why Is It Called Pad Printing?

In the end, it essentially involves taking a huge rubber stamp, dipping it in ink, and stamping products over and over before the arrangement is complete. The major rubber stamp is known as a pad by people in the printing business, and it differs in the store you might find at your local craft shop. The pads utilized in pad printing come in all sizes and shapes such as pointed, rectangular, and round. This permits products of almost any size to be customized with pad printing.

The benefit to pad printing is the ink can be transferred into irregular three-dimensional surfaces since the silicone mat wraps around the component adapting to its particular shape without distorting the picture. There are, obviously, some radius and size constraints for this technique. The pads vary in density, too. Many are extra-firm, although others are best described as squishy. Whether an object's surface is horizontal (like t-shirts) or curved (like mugs), the pad can conform to the form and publish the layout accurately.