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    A Request for a Pad Transfer Printing Quote Requires:

--  That you send us three samples that will not be returned (we need to test ink and fixturing).

--  That you email us a vectored art file in a pdf  (no ai, eps, jpg, bitmap or otherwise).
     A "pdf" is only a brown paper envelope, so to speak.  It is what is in the pdf that is
     important, and the contents must be vectored art.  Don't send a jpg saved in a pdf,
     as we can't use it.  Vectored art is simply lines and curves with intersection points.
     Vector the fonts also (create outlines in the Illustrator program).

--  That you include in your email a CAD drawing or similar showing print size and location.

--  That you give us a description of the packaging (unpack and repack can take as long as the
     printing.)  Include this packaging description in the email accompanying your artwork.

   
Send sample parts to be test printed to:
    Pad Printing Services Inc.
    12051 31st Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98125


We have a $200. minimum order requirement (combination of setup + print charge).

Below are some rough pad printing costs for Industrial products.
Promotional products, where the logo is changing per order, are special bid, please contact us.

Be sure to read the "Considerations to Print Pricing" at the bottom of this page. 


Plastics ABS, PVC, PC, one print location, single hits of ink, image up to 2" dia. on part 1"x 3"x 4".
using our standard solvent based inks.
One Color print Setup $75.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.25 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.18 each

Two Color print Setup $125.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.32 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.25 each

Three Color print Setup $150.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.38 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.29 each

Four Color print Setup $175.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.47 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.40 each
 
Note:
Printing Polypropylene and Nylon plastics requires raising the surface tension of the plastic so that the ink will adhere. For this we pre treat the print area with Corona Plasma. The charge is a few cents more. Corona may leave wet marks on some brands of polypropylene. Send us samples for testing.
 
Silicon rubber printing on Platinum Cured silicone made products:

We can pad print One Color of ink, images up to 1" diameter, in one color of ink.

We can screen print flat surfaces with up to Three colors of ink, images up to 10" x 12".

Silicone inks must be oven baked for cure, so any connected plastics or electronics will be damaged.
In other words, the product must be 100% silicone.
 
PMS  Black  
PMS 186 Red  
PMS 355 Green  
PMS 286 Blue  
PMS Yellow  
White  








One Color Pad Print Setup a print up to 2" diameter $75.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.55 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.45 each
For two or three color silicone printing, provide us with the product and art and we will provide pricing.
     
One Color Screen Print Setup a print up to 10" x 12" $75.
  Print cost for up to 500 units $.95 each
  Print cost at 2000 units $.89 each
For two or three color silicone printing, provide us with the product and art and we will provide pricing.


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Considerations to Print Pricing:

Is the print surface "print ready" or does it require pre treating and/or cleaning?
Do lighter ink colors require more than one hit to achieve opacity over a dark surface?
Will there be distortion of the artwork over a complex curve?
Do thin lines and small type need to be compensated for achieving readable prints? 
4  Point type size letters, all caps, sans serif, is the smallest that can be printed and still be fairly readable.
PMS color matching for Pad Printing is within 10%, meaning, we come close over a white surface, not close on colored surfaces.

Ship costs, unpack and repack labor cost? We do not print and then ship "in bulk". No ink is bullet proof and foam wrapping, layering and even individual bagging must be considered.

We offer a $250. First Article sample print program.

Except for USB drives we do not print finished products. We print only components. In other words, we won't print on a fully assembled clock or cell phone as there could be damage to the product during printing. We won't print on a container filled with product, such as a cosmetic.

A note on "Tooling".
Occasionally we will charge for tooling, such as for a modification to our print table that will hold your product secure during printing. This tooling charge is considered a one time rental fee charged to you on the first order only. You are not purchasing any fixture, cliche, pad etc. from us. These remain our property.