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What's New in Pad Printing?

(October 2005) posted on Thu Oct 27, 2005

Recent developments in pad printing equipment and supplies and a look ahead to future changes the process may experience.

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By Peter Kiddell

My fascination with pad printing dates back to 1972. I was searching for some ink to use in a Tecalcos pad printer at the time, but no suppliers had heard of such an ink. So I ended up at my local hardware store and bought a half pint tin of black gloss paint. I poured some into the machine's inkwell, pressed the "go" button, and it printed! The appreciation for the pad-printing process I developed then continues to this day.

I've since found pad printing to be a wonderful technique. It prints on uneven surfaces. Users can choose from a wide range of ink systems, substrates, and machines


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