Pad Printing

Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This is accomplished using an indirect offset printing process that involves an image being transferred from the photo-etched plate via a silicone pad onto a substrate. Pad printing is used for printing on otherwise difficult to print on products in many industries including medical, automotive, promotional, apparel, and electronic objects, as well as appliances, sports equipment and toys. The pad can wrap itself as much as 180° around a small object, and ink coverage is excellent.

The unique properties of the silicone pad enable it to pick the image up from a flat plane and transfer it to a variety of surfaces, such as flat, cylindrical, spherical, compound angles, textures, concave, or convex surfaces.

Digital Printing

Photo quality images and graphics printed directly onto a broad range of products using specialist uv inkjet printers, producing spectacular full colour results.

Digital printing refers to methods of printing from a digital-based image directly to a variety of products, its usually printed using large-format and/or high-volume laser or inkjet printers. It also allows for on-demand printing, short turnaround time, and even a modification of the image (variable data) used for each impression. The savings in labor and the ever-increasing capability of digital presses means that digital printing is reaching the point where it can match or supersede offset printing technology’s ability to produce larger print runs at a lower price in full colour.

Four colour process (CMYK) artwork required – white ink is laid down as a 5th colour if needed.

Embroidery

Machine embroidery is an embroidery process whereby a sewing machine or embroidery machine is used to create patterns on textiles. It is used commercially in product branding, corporate advertising, and uniform adornment. Hobbyists also machine embroider for personal sewing and craft projects. There are multiple types of machine embroidery. These include free-motion sewing machine embroidery, this uses a basic zigzag sewing machine. Much commercial embroidery is still done with link stitch embroidery the patterns may be manually or automatically controlled. More modern computerized machine embroidery, uses an embroidery machine or sewing/embroidery machine that is controlled with a computer that will embroider stored patterns, these may have multiple heads and threads.

Screen Printing

Sharper imprint than pad printing, but it requires a relatively flat surface without obstructions.

Screen printing is also a stencil method of print making in which a design is imposed on a screen of polyester or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance. Ink is forced into the mesh openings by the fill blade or squeegee and by wetting the substrate, transferred onto the printing surface during the squeegee stroke. As the screen rebounds, away from the substrate the ink remains on the substrate. It is also known as silk-screen, screen, serigraphy, and serigraph printing. One color is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicolored image or design.

There are various terms used for what is essentially the same technique. Traditionally the process was called screen printing or silkscreen printing because silk was used in the process prior to the invention of polyester mesh. Currently, synthetic threads are commonly used in the screen printing process. The most popular mesh in general use is made of polyester. There are special-use mesh materials of nylon and stainless steel available to the screen printer. There are also different types of mesh size which will determine the outcome and look of the finished design on the material.

Laser Engraving

Give your image a clean, polished appearance. Light burns an image into a substrate.

Laser engraving, is the practice of using lasers to engrave an object. Laser marking, on the other hand, is a broader category of methods to leave marks on an object, which also includes color change due to chemical/molecular alteration, charring, foaming, melting, ablation, and more. The technique does not involve the use of inks, nor does it involve tool bits which contact the engraving surface and wear out, giving it an advantage.

The impact of laser marking has been more pronounced for specially designed “laserable” materials. These include laser-sensitive polymers and novel metal alloys.

Works best when the item’s surface is a different colour than the substrate.

A contrasting black imprint can be created with Laser Oxidation when the surface and the substrate are the same colour.

Offset Printing

An image is etched onto the surface of a metal plate and filled with ink. The paper/substrate is pressed against the inked plate, transferring it to the material. One of the most important functions in the printing process is prepress production. This stage makes sure that all files are correctly processed in preparation for printing. This includes converting to the proper CMYK color model, finalizing the files, and creating plates for each color of the job to be run on the press.

Offset lithography is one of the most common ways of creating printed materials. A few of its common applications include: newspapers, magazines, brochures, stationery, and books. Compared to other printing methods, offset printing is best suited for economically producing large volumes of high quality prints in a manner that requires little maintenance. Many modern offset presses use computer-to-plate systems as opposed to the older computer-to-film work flows, which further increases their quality.

Roll Printing

Roll Printing is a screen print method used for printing around curved items (i.e pen barrels and drink bottles). The item being printed moves along a conveyor belt and is rotated under a mesh screen at the same speed as a squeegee runs over it, thus transferring the design onto the item. Roll Printing provides solutions in container & bottle screen printing with both fully automatic UV screen printing machinery and semi-automatic screen printing machines for screen printing onto round, square & oval bottles. Plastic and glass containers of all types can be screen printed. Products such as; poly bottles, single & double wall jars, wine bottles, beer bottles, reusable powder coated and SS water bottles, PE, bike water bottles, PE thermos jugs, coffee mugs and much more are all well suited for direct screen printing.

Custom Colour to suite your logo / business

Wish to have custom colour products to enhance and match your business. This is a great way to have a one off that no one else has.

This service is available for pens – 10,000 units and up.

A lot of other products – 1,000 units and up.

Indent your order to suite your logo / business colours.

Custom die cut shapes to suite your logo / business

Custom orders can also include having your design die cut to suite your design / logo.

Car fresheners or key rings, can be made to order indent with a die cut to suite your logo shape.

This service is available for 1000 units and up on this product.