Pad printing, Also known as tampography, is the process of printing a 2D image into a 3D object. Its roots can be traced back more than 200 years. Originally, pad printing was done by hand. The first offset type of hand printing used a bag of soft gelatin material to transfer the image. The first transfer printing plates were crafted from copper and were meticulously engraved by hand. This early type of hand printing was used to transfer images onto “blue” china plates and dinnerware; you know, the ones your grandmother collects.