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 Printing 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 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) with which color is applied to a particular object. 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. Applicability of pad printing, caused by the fact that it has become widely accepted in all spheres of human activity. 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 Printing 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 printing on vehicles, printing on cups, printing on bottles, personalized mugs, custom mugs, personalized cups for wedding, custom pens, custom lighters, custom office supplies, just place a request and we’ll get it back to you as soon as possible.

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We also offer Vehicle Branding and Wrapping, printing on cars or trucks, motorbikes or bikes only. Visit our page about printing on vehicles: Printing on Vehicles

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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, but you can also customize large objects, such as satellite dishes, bins or bins for cars, using highly visible and identifiable logos, too in more colors. Printing was a very complicated approach. Pad printing is quick, affordable and perfect for achieving premium quality, little prints. Pad printing is mostly chosen because of its low price so you pay less for 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 than can be achieved together with molding. It gives the manufacturer using exactly the exact same, or sometimes, greater flexibility as screen printing and hot stamping when pertaining to this number of printing substrates that can be decorated.

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. Pad printing delivers the manufacturer with the exact same, or sometimes, greater versatility as screen printing and hot stamping when pertaining to the selection of printing substrates which can be decorated. 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.

In this manner we can offer you printing on pens, lighters, USB memory sticks, balls, thermos flasks, little lamps, pendants, bowls, calculators, tablet computers and laptop devices, cans, cups, glasses, notepads, and other kinds of goods. You can print your logo or image on coffee mugs or water bottles.

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 colour. Inks are definitely the most crucial part of the pad printing procedure, and STI offers a wide variety of standard colours. 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 irregular shaped surfaces, although other printing techniques are often times restricted to horizontal and/or round surfaces only (such as screen printing).

While great ink flow and consistent mesh opening are significant factors in a screen printing operation, pad printing inks should above all, possess excellent release features from the silicone mat. It is also very important, that the ink picture on the pad gets tacky during the transfer procedure, through solvent evaporation. This type of tackiness is essential, because the adhesive inclination to the substrate must be more powerful compared to the adhesion of the ink into the silicone pad. It's thus very important to choose the proper ink lubricant for your particular requirements. If the solvent is evaporating too quickly, the ink will fast dry at the etch and a correct pick-up by the silicone pad would be inconsistent.

Conversely, if the pad ink used dries too slowly also does not become sticky in the plate and also on the silicone mat, the transfer will also be very weak and inconsistent (the very first couple of prints may seem acceptable and the subsequent prints will likely be missing parts of the printing). Due to this need to modify your inks drying attributes, some manufacturers offer you a number of evaporation prices and solvents. By having various thinners, you yourself to compensate for many different printing environments. In addition, by blowing chilly or warm air on the mat surface, the regeneration of solvents are accelerated along with the transfer could be made better together with faster production prices.

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 round 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 pens), the pad can conform to the form and publish the layout accurately.


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