Pad printing is a printing technique that allows to reproduce with high reliability pictures, drawings and wording on various types of objects. The pad printing is wrongly compared to serigraphy; although they both work on a similar process, the pad printing is characterized by the ability to print not only on plane surfaces but also on uneven (concave and convex) surfaces of small or large dimensions through the flexible and easily deformable silicone pad.
It seems we can trace the origin of Pad Printing back in 800 AC, as some Swiss watch makers faced the need to print with high accuracy on the scale plate of their watches; later the technique spread out on an industrial scale thanks to the sales of silicone rubber pads which allow high printing flexibility and adaptability to the surfaces.
Printing on irregular shapes with decomposed colours (max. 8) on every surface (subject to preliminary treatment or use of special inks)
Low production costs
Easy handling of printing material (inks and clichés)
Object dimensions: 180 x 1000 mm. ca.
The printing process consist to impress on a plate (clichè) an image, this incision is filled with color, which is picked up and deposited on the object to print from the silicone pad. The characteristics of this printing technique can be summarized in:
• Irregular molds with Decomposed printing of colors (max. 8) on every surface (subject to preliminary treatment or use of special inks)
• Low production costs
• Easy handling of printing material (inks and cliches)
• Object dimensions: 180 x 1000 mm. ca.
PRATIKA over the years has managed to create a series of machines divided depending on the size of the print size and colors to be printed.