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Pad Printing Machines

If you wholesale make-up and hair brushes or cosmetics, you may wish to offer your customers a personalisation service with their own branding!

Unlike hot foil stamping which is a dry and instant printing process for printing one-off's, the pad printing process on the other hand involves using inks which thus makes this process unsuitable for printing one-off's.

The pad printing process has one major benefit over hot foil stamping in that you can print onto round or curved surfaces with ease. With hot foil stamping, the product has to be flat and pliable, however, with pad printing, it can be round, curved, convex, concave and even flat!

Basically, the pad is made from soft silicone and as it is pressed into the engraved plate, (which contains the ink), the pad picks up your design and stamps it onto your product manually.

With pad printing, you will need to make a printing plate
(which you can do so in-house with our small plate maker). You can use any font and any basic logo. Printing inks are available in matt finish only and not metallic (as in hot foil stamping). Having said that, 'metallic' gold and silver inks are available but they do not have the high sheen as hot foil stamping foils do.

With pad printing, you can mix ink colours  to create your own approximate shade.

Pad Printing requires more skills than hot foil stamping but once mastered, it is a fairly simple process.

The pad printing machine is of manual operation and does not use any electricity. The plate maker however does need to be plugged into a power supply. Plates are made from your black and white artwork and it takes around 20 to make in-house.

Complete packages available for beginners

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Many cosmetic products are printed using
the versatile pad printing process


You can do so much more with our high quality desk-top pad printers!

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About Pad Printing

The pad printing process was initially developed in Switzerland to print onto watch faces. However, as technology as moved on, it is now also possible to pad print onto 100's of products of various shapes and sizes.

With pad printing, the surface to be printed onto can be flat, irregular shaped, concave or convex. This makes the pad printing process extremely desirable when compared to other forms of printing.


A basic  pad printing set up will normally consist of:-


a) A pad printing machine
b) A plate/cliche maker
c) Blank water washable plates/cliches

c) Different shaped pads

d) Screen tint and artwork paper

e) Inks and retarder
f) Inks
plus a few other minor accessories.

We can supply you with a complete ready-to-start kit along with full instruction as well as a training DVD (Training video also available as a download if you do not have a CD player)

If you have any questions, please feel free to drop us a line.

Step-by-step process from making a cliche to

pad printing. With your purchase, you will receive a longer and more in-depth training DVD with narratives. Although the video is old, nothing has really changed in the look of the machine nor the application.

These pad printers are mass produced to keep prices low and thus there may be some minor superficial imperfections to paintwork/casting etc.  These are only cosmetic and do not affect the operation of the exposure units in anyway whatsoever.

Our machines are sold on these basis

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