What is a Pad Printing Plate?
A pad printing plate, also known as a cliche, holds the image to be printed. The plate is etched with the image. There are two type of plate etching process: photopolymer and laser.
Photopolymer plate-making requires the use of photosensitive plate material and a UV exposure unit. The plate is exposed to UV light numerous times, each with a different component such as a film-positive or line screen film. Exposing pad printing plates is the more cost-effective solution to plate-making, however, the photosensitive curing process is significantly longer than laser plate-making, taking upwards of 30 minutes to etch a plate.
How to Make Photopolymer Plates for Pad Printing Machines
Computer-to-plate Laser Plate-making
Laser plate-making is the process of etching a plate with a Co2 or fiber laser. Computer to plate technology allows for complete repeatability without concern for variation in etch depth, dot pattern, and image quality. Laser plate-making is extremely fast, typically etching a plate in 5-7 minutes.
Can I Etch Laser Plates with My C02 Laser?
Image Sizing Template for Pad Printing Ink Cup
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