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PAD SELECTION & CARE - FAQs:


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1. How do I store pads?
2. What is the best silicone for printing pads?
3. How do I choose the correct pad shape and hardness (durometer)?
4. Can I get help selecting a pad?
5. Is there a pad catalog I can see to choose a pad?
6. Can you make custom pads? Any size? Any shape?









Answers:

1. How do I store pads?
Pads should sit flat on their base, and not on top of each other. Pads should never be left with dried ink on them and should be removed with adhesive tape. Items left in contact with the pad surface for a period of time may dent the pad surface.



2. What is the best silicone for printing pads?
We offer 7 specialized silicones, each with particular benefits. See descriptions here.



3. How do I choose the correct pad shape and hardness (durometer)?
Generally, the pad should be about 20% bigger than the image.
You should always choose:
- The largest pad your machine can handle.
- The hardest pad your machine and part can handle.
- The steepest shape (with the highest angle) appropriate for the part. For printing a round part a round pad is more appropriate; for rectangular, rectangular. This is not a hard rule but it always reduces the potential for image distortion.



4. Can I get help selecting a pad?
Call us! Give us image size and a part description - and we will select the pad that is right for the job.



5. Is there a pad catalog I can see to choose a pad?
Yes, you can view and save a copy of Pad Catalog here. We also offer a unique online pad search feature.



6. Can you make custom pads? Any size any shape?
We can make any custom pad. Generally custom pads are required if you have an odd shaped part that is being printed, a specialized application, or a special pad cluster.





 
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