Why Is It Called Pad Printing?
So why do we call it pad printing? After all, it essentially involves taking a big rubber stamp, dipping it in ink, and stamping products over and over until the order is complete. The big rubber stamp is called a pad by those in the printing industry, and it differs from the stamps you might find at your local craft store.
The pads used in pad printing come in all sizes and shapes like pointed, rectangular, and round. This allows products of nearly any size to be customized with pad printing. The pads vary in density, too. Some are extra-firm, while others are best described as squishy. Whether an object's surface is flat (like t-shirts) or curved (like pens), the pad can conform to the shape and print the design accurately.