COMMON PRINTING TECHNIQUES FOR PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS
Screen printing : Primarily used on promotional pens, flat plastic items and PU items, as well as clothing, particularly T-shirts, aprons etc. Ink is applied to the product by pushing it through a screen containing your design. Usually each colour print requires individual screen.
Pad Printing : This is probably the most popular printing method for stock items. This process includes ink applying method, and most effective on odd or curved shapes. An increasing popular method due to the flexibility and number of products it can mark. Ink is transferred onto product by way of a rubber pad. It is also a fast process for printing a large number of products in short period of time.
Laser Engraving : Used most commonly on metal, crystal and glass products to achieve a quality, lasting finish. Laser engraving is now widely regarded as the most accurate and economical way of reproducing fine design work, although machine engraving may still be used to excellent effect.
Block or Foil Printing : Mostly used on leather goods, EVA, and foam items. A metal block (die) is pressure stamped onto the product, usually with a gold or silver foil, that leaves a lasting impression of your design. Alternatively, the process can be performed without foil, just leaving your design in plain relief. This is known as Blind Embossing.
Embroidery : This is a great way to achieve quality personalisation on most clothing and headwear. The modern machinery offering speed and multiple colour possibilities, more customers are selecting this method of personalisation to great effect. Embroidery charges are typically based on the number of stiches required.
Die Stamping : Usually used on metal products like stainless steel or similar products. Like blocking, metal die is pressure stamped onto your product leaving an impression of your design. It can be left plain or filled with colour. This is a specialised process hence it use application is quite limited when it comes to promotional products.