Pad printing is a marking process where the image is transferred to a silicone or rubber pad, which is impregnated with ink and then stamped on the medium with a mechanism.
The image is transferred by using the inked pad, which can be different sizes. The image is backwards, so that it is correctly reproduced on the pen, lighter or ashtray.
The main characteristic is flexibility when printing on media that are not flat. Therefore, one of its advantages is being able to print on curved or rough media.
The result is high-definition and highly opaque. Four-colour printing and images with spot inks are possible.
The durability is good, although this always depends on the porosity of the material and the inks used.
It can be applied to any material, such as plastic, porcelain, glass, silicone and metal, always depending on the material.