When an OEM creates a consumer based promotional product there’s a good chance that they are going to want there logo, product name, tag line, etc. printing on that part. Vivid Inc.’s Artwork Printing department focuses on helping a customers product help come to life. There are threee different types of process that Vivid implements: silkscreen, pad printing, and hot stamp.
A printing technique in which a woven mesh is used to support an ink blocking stencil. The stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer the printable materials as a sharp image onto the substrate.
Advantages of Silkscreen Printing:
- The process can be managed on substrate of any shape, thickness or size
- The thickness of the ink can be greater than other printing techniques
- A wider range of inks and dyes are available for use compared to other printing processes
- Fast production rate because of simplistic process
Hot stamping is a dry method of applying graphics to a surface using heated die and foil. The hot stamping process is fairly simple. A selected die is mounted and heated at which time foil is positioned above the material to be imprinted. The stamp quality depends on a combination of heat, dwell time, pressure, and stripping time. The success of hot stamping is directly correlated with the quality of the beginning artwork.
Advantages of Hot Stamping:
- Hot stamping can be applied to almost any surface including plastics
- Being a simple dry method makes hot stamping environmentally friendly because it does not use solvents or create any harmful vapors
Pad printing is another great way to make artwork. It is a great way to make a 2d image into a 3d image.