For pad printing on face masks, there are a number of pad printing machines to choose from. A couple of things to keep in mind include:
How many colors are you looking to print?
Standard pad printing on textile projects are typically only 1- to 2-colors.
B100: 1-color pad printer
ICN-120: 1-color pad printer
B150: 1-color pad printer
2200-PS: 2-color pad printer
What size image are you looking for?
The average maximum image size for pad printing on apparel ranges from 80 mm to 140 mm.
B100: 80 mm image size
ICN-120: 110 mm image size
B150: 140 mm image size
2200-PS: 80 mm image size
Pad Printing Ink
Choosing your pad printing ink for face masks is dependent on what the fabric of your face mask is. For all types of textiles, the SB Series pad printing ink is the preferred ink. This ink has been subjected to numerous compliance testing to ensure it is safe on contact with skin. Learn more about pad printing ink compliance.
Other Pad Printing Consumables
In addition to the machine and the ink, additional consumables such as solvents, hardeners, cups, rings and pad printing pads are also needed.
The final piece of equipment needed for pad printing on face masks is a way to create the plates (cliches). This process can easily and consistently accomplished by using a laser plate-maker instead of your more traditional processes.
CobatlONE: High-speed fiber laser
Cobalt 2000: WFC laser plate-maker
Digital Printing Machines
As mentioned, a flatbed UV printer is the machine of choice when it comes to this application. Inkcups has a number of UV flatbed printers with different options for bed types.
X5 UV Flatbed Printer: The X5 is the perfect solution for masks as it has a large bed to print multiple at a time. Print all the same graphics or print a few.