What is Pad Printing & Where Can I Get It?

Pad Printing

Now Available at Engrave It Houston

Whether you're a business, or an individual, it's our goal to be able to provide you with whatever engraving, printing, marking, or etching services you might need for whatever sort of project you have. As a result, we at Engrave It Houston, are excited to announce that we now offer Pad Printing Services along with the laser engraving and direct printing services that have made us a trusted industry leader in the engraving and marking business for over 20 years.

Why Choose Pad Printing (A Quick Overview)

  • able to print on irregular shapes and surfaces
  • able to print highly detailed designs with precision
  • able to print on complex substrates
  • able to print high-quality designs on irregular surfaces
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What is Pad Printing?

Pad printing is an ink transfer printing process that began to see a real rise in popularity during the 1970s, when it began to replace hot stamping and screenprinting, thanks largely to its flexibility and enormous versatility.

Pad printing is an indirect, offset print process. A silicone stamping pad is lowered onto a plate that has been engraved with your design and then coated with ink, transferring the ink onto the silicon pad in the form of your design. The engraved design plate is then moved away, and replaced by the object to be printed. The silicone stamp is lowered again, transferring the design onto the desired item and completing the pad printing process. (Check out the video to see the process in action.) This transfer process allows us to print high-quality designs on items/substrates that are strangely shaped or textured.


Keep In Mind...

Unlike most of our services at Engrave It Houston, our Pad Printing service does have a minimum order requirement. (Our minimum order is usually 48 items.) But, there's actual a very simple and logical reason for why that is.

Because of the way Pad Printing works, each time an order is placed, an inking plate has to be custom engraved with that design and then loaded into the pad printer for that printing run. In order for this process to remain cost-effective, there have to be enough items printed with the design engraved on the plate to make up for the time, labor,and materials that go into creating the plate itself.

If you have any further questions about our minimum order policy for Pad Printing, please feel free to CONTACT US.


At Engrave It Houston, we live on the cutting-edge; finding solutions to your marking, etching, engraving, and printing needs. That's why we're constantly adding to our in-house collection of marking equipment, as well as keeping our team of technicians up to date on industry standards and best practices. Whatever your project may require, whether it's pad printing or some other marking service, Engrave It Houston has the equipment, the employees, and the experience to get you what you need when you need it.

We're Engrave It Houston. We're Different. Come find out how.