Tell the world who made it.

You don't need us to tell you it makes sense to put your name & logo on your products. But which printing method is best for you ? Here's our short guide to the 3 main methods suitable for printing on plastics.
1. Hot foil printing

You'll probably know hot foil printing from those nice embossed effects on wedding invitations. But there's more to it than that :-
  • it's a very cost cost-effective method which makes it justifiable for your short run products
  • it's very long-lasting and hard wearing
  • there's a great range of colours available, with metallic, gloss, matt and holographic finishes
If you're considering this method, remember that :-
  • the printing colours can't be matched to specific colours
  • the surface you want to print must be flat(ish)
hot foil printed fuel checkers
hot foil printed fuel checkers

hot foil printed wheel (20mm)
hot foil printed counter wheel
2. Pad printing

Pad printing is used to print just about anything from golf balls to washing machines. It's extremely versatile because :-
  • you can print on curved, convex, concave & recessed surfaces
  • you can have wraparound printing on three-dimensional objects
  • edges are sharply defined and the printing is very high resolution
Pad printing inks are available that :-
  • have extremely high resistance against mechanical abrasion or chemicals
  • etch into the plastic material which makes them very long lasting
  • can be colour matched to your company colours.

However, as the inks are more expensive and it takes longer to set up and clean up than hot foil printing, it's most likely to be suitable for long run or high spec products.

pad printed TENS machine
pad printed TENS machine

pad printed surgical device
pad printed surgical device
3. Screen printing

Screen printing is the method used for most printed promotional T-shirts. It's very suitable for :-

  • large or long designs, with blocks of colour and large fonts
  • thick layers of ink, which makes it suitable for the conductive lines on circuit boards for example
  • slightly curved surfaces.

Again, it's fairly expensive to set up.

screen printed panel
screen printed panel
Is printing not for you ?
Don't forget that logos and other text can also be engraved or embossed in the injection moulding or vacuum forming tool.
engraved vacuum formed text
engraved vacuum formed text

Toolcraft offer hot foil printing and pad printing on plastic components inhouse. We can arrange for your screen printing needs as well. We're happy to help you decide which of these methods will give you the best result for your purpose & budget.

If you're thinking about printing on your products, have a look at our printing page for more details, including the information we need to give you a quote, or get in touch with any questions.

With best wishes,

Sonja van Leeuwen, Marketing Coordinator
Toolcraft Plastics (Swindon) Ltd, Tel: 01793-641040