Screen printing is used on plastic, textiles, stickers, for printing on shirts, caps, flags …
Pad printing is used on various items, such as pencils, pens, key chains …
Screen printing is one of the oldest printing techniques. It’s an ancient printing method where the color is applied on the surfaces through a sieve (a finely woven porous material). The level of porosity determines the resolution and the sequential application of color creates multicolor motifs.
Screen printing is also useful for printing on surfaces that are of nonstandard shapes and sizes.
Pad printing (also known as tampography) is a printing process that can transfer 2-D images onto 3-D objects and surfaces. This ability places this printing technique into one of the most versatile ways of printing.
Special soft silicon pads – tampons – perfectly adjust to the item on which we are printing and these tampons are what enable the 3-D printing technique.
Pad printing is mainly used for printing on smaller surfaces, as the applied layer of paint is very thin which allows printing of small motifs in extremely high resolutions.