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Successful Pad Printing Tips

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Tampo & Pad Print History

This is a great resource for anyone getting started with pad printing or wanting to learn more about its history. Read more here about how pad printing works and how pad printing technology has changed over time.

Pad Printing Equipment Tips

Understanding the Pad

Pads come in many different shapes and sizes, and one of the most difficult questions to answer about the pad printing process is, “How do I determine what pad to use?”. Click here to learn more information about pads and custom pad making from All American.

Tackiness by Degrees

In pad printing, controlling and maintaining the condition of the ink is key to a successful job. Often, other uncontrolled process variables may create what is solely perceived as an ink-related problem. All too often, I have seen technicians struggle for hours to solve what they believed to be an ink problem while ignoring other potential problem-causing variables, such as machine settings and environmental conditions. Frequently, this is due to a lack of understanding of the pad-printing process and the role of the ink in the process.

Pad Break-In Procedure

Silicone pads develop a slick finish on their surface, this can usually be prevented by simply wiping the surface with alcohol to remove the excess silicone. Occasionally, a more aggressive solvent is required for removal.

Other Pad Printing Tips

Jig Making Guide

These step-by-step guide will help you learn about making a plate for your pad printing machine.

Guide to Pad Printing Plates

Our step-by-step guide will help you learn about making a plate for you pad printing machine.

Ink Mixing Guide

This step-by-step guide will tell you all you need to know about mixing ink for your pad printer.