Pad Printing

Ideal for irregular shapes and surfaces

Pad printing is an indirect offset printing process that is used to transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object via a silicone pad. The pad printing process makes it possible to add single- or multi-color graphics, lettering, etc. to a wide range of substrates.

The key advantage of pad printing is that it can be used on products that are otherwise difficult to print on via other printing or stamping methods. Benefits of the pad printing process include:

  • Can be used on irregular shapes and surfaces
  • Can print on complicated or challenging substrate materials with good speed
  • Ideal for transferring finely-detailed images, such as instructional graphics
  • Highly versatile—nearly all materials can be pad printed
  • High overall print quality

The most common applications are typically pad printing on plastic and on metal. The versatility of the pad printing process, and its ability to recreate fine details, makes it popular for:

  • Components in consumer electronics: cables, connectors, etc.
  • Household appliances: TV housings, coffee pots, etc.
  • Buttons and keys on computer keyboards, calculators, etc.
  • Toys, baby bottles, pacifiers, etc.
  • Sporting goods: golf balls, footballs, etc.