Pad Printing vs. Screen Printing

Traditionally, people have used screen printing to transfer a particular design onto a 3 D object, however there is a new girl in town and her name is pad printing, or maybe you know her as tampo print. Her process is a lot more efficient and gives objects a much better finish. In this blog post we will be considering the differences between the two and ultimately conclude that pad printing is, by far, the superior process.

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What is Screen Printing?

Screen printing is a printing process done through mesh stencils. The stencil is formed in the shape that you want the print to be. The stencil blocks a portion of the screen and then this screen sits a top the 3D object, known as a substrate, that you want to print on to. He substrate is then embossed with a sharp image as the ink is placed on top of the stencil.

What is pad printing?

An etched plate is set on a silicone pad and then the image and the image and the substrate are placed together and the image is transferred as the printing plate is filled with ink. Using silicone to transfer the ink leads to a smooth transition that incorporates curves and other intrusive parts of dd shaped objects.

What are the advantages of both?

Screen printing creates a very durable product due to thick ink. However, pad printing has many more advantages than its counterpart. Tampo print is also durable making it suitable for inside and outside products. It also allows printing on a wide variety of surfaces and finishes as the silicone works well. It is affordable, can work for any volume and there is a fast prototyping. Finally, both single colour and full colour print production are available.

As you can see, tampo or pad printing have many more advantages and will benefit you for a lot longer. So, if you’re looking to print on to a product, choose tampo print!