It’s all about the ink and where it ends up – By Tim Cabot, President of DCHN
Silkscreen and pad printing are common methods for printing in general and are used regularly for printing on anodized aluminum articles. So what’s the difference between these methods and Sanford Print?
Let’s start with how silkscreen and pad printing work. In both cases, ink is deposited on the surface of the object as a thin film where the ink dries and becomes solid print. Adhesion is achieved mechanically as the ink wets out the surface and through physisorption (van der Waals forces). The commonality in both techniques is that ink is placed on the object’s surface, which dries to form a hard, durable, print. In addition, both techniques typically use pigmented based inks that cover the substrate (and block out the underlying color of the substrate).