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PAD PRINTING - FAQs:


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1. What types of products can I pad print?
2. How does pad printing work?
3. Can I print one color over another?
4. How fast can I pad print?
5. How do I choose a type of pad printing machine?
6. What is the maximum number of colors for a pad printer?








Answers:

1. What types of products can I Pad Print?
- Pad printing is primarily used for non-uniform, multidimensional products like a golf ball. Flat surfaces can be pad printed as well.
- Typical image sizes are less than 3" in diameter, but print sizes of 5" or larger can be achieved in special occasions.
- You can pad print a very wide range of substrates, including plastics, metals, glass, ceramic, vinyl, rubber, polypropylene, leather, acrylic, cotton, even food items and more. A pad printer is NOT a documentation printer but it can be used for printing on paper products, for instance paper cubes or napkins.



2. How does Pad Printing work?
It is simple:
- Image is etched in a plate.
- The plate is flooded with ink and wiped clean, leaving ink in the etched area only.
- The surface of the ink becomes tacky causing in to cling to the printing pad and sealing that side of the ink film.
- Pad lifts the ink and exposes the other side of the ink film; ink becomes tacky and sticks to the part.



3. Can I print one color over another?
Yes, pad printing inks are designed to print wet on wet: they dry very quickly.



4. How fast can I pad print?
A typical semiautomatic 1-color pad printing machine gives 1000 IPH (impressions per hour) tempered by fixture and the speed of the operator who loads and unloads parts. A typical 2-color pad printer gives about 600 IPH. There are fully automated machines capable of speeds of 3,600 parts/hour.



5. How do I choose a type of pad printing machine?
...You should always choose an ICN machine! :)
Select a machine type based on the required image sizes and number of colors.



6. What is the maximum number of colors for a pad printer?
Commonly pad printers print in 1 to 4 colors. We have machines to print in up to 8 colors.





 
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