Our Pad Printing Clichés

However You Like: Blank, for In-House Imaging, or as Finished Artworks.

It is pretty simple, to produce a flawless print you need to have a flawless cliché. Any imperfections in your cliché will certainly be transferred to your product resulting in a sub-satisfactory result. For the last 20 years our Art and Cliché department has worked hard in perfecting the cliché making process to insure that each cliché we manufacture is without reproach. We offer a wide variety of pad printing cliché material from 3 types of polymer through to Steel and Ceramic plates as well as several high quality laser etched materials.

Pad Printing Cliché List

Steel Cliches

Steel cliches are chemically etched. Due to the complexity of the process, steel cliches are typically manufactured only by pad printing equipment suppliers.

Low Chrome
10mm thick, hardened steel with approximately 12% chrome added to inhibit oxidation. Nominal etch depth is 16-22 microns ±4 microns. Durability is at least 250 thousand impressions.

No Chrome
10mm thick, hardened steel. Best resolution and etch bottom consistency due to the structure of the steel. Excellent for CMYK. Durability is at least 250 thousand impressions.

Record
0.5mm. These cliches are affixed to the print like a photopolymer or laser engraved cliche, using a magnet base plate. Resolution is similar to low chrome steel, and durability is slightly lower.

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Photopolymer Cliches

Photopolymer cliches (or polymer cliches) are photo-engraved. The process is fairly simple, and takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform correctly. First you need to have a work space free of ambient ultraviolet (U.V.) light, because the cliche blanks are sensitive to U.V. Then, you need to have a film positive with sufficient image density. You also need an suitable exposure unit, line screen film, and developer / tray / pad. Most polymers require two exposures; one with the film positive and a second with a line screen. Following exposures, the cliche is then developed in either and alcohol solution or distilled water. After exposure the cliche must be re-exposed to harden the image area, and dried to remove moisture. TAMPOPRINT has everything you need to make photopolymer cliches in-house. Contact us for more detailed information.

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Laser Engraved Cliches

Aloxid & Microflex cliches are laser engraved. These cliches are either aluminum or steel backed, depending on type.

Ceramic cliches are laser engraved, and provide the highest level of durability available. These cliches may be etched with either a YAG or CO2 laser. Because both sides of ceramic cliches can accept an image, you can etch both sides for maximum use.
Another TAMPOPRINT patented material, 10mm thick, aluminum center with ceramic coating. Durability is 1-2 million impressions per side x 2 sides = 2-4 million impressions. Lighter and more fracture-resistant than solid ceramic cliches. 

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CLICHE LASER PLUS

Laser System

 

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CLICHE LASER Xi

Laser System

 

Coming soon: A flatbed cliché laser specially for the production of INTAGLIO laser clichés.

Art & Cliché studio

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Artwork production

Our Art Department is capable of creating original artwork, or manipulating existing artwork to meet the requirements of the pad printing process.

Cliché production in-house

Whether you need a photopolymer, laser engraved, steel or ceramic cliché we can provide the etching / engraving. So you don't have to worry about controlling all of the variables involved in making a perfect cliché.

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  • Inquiry pad printing cliché / DTP, 487.0 KBDownload
  • Inquiry pad printing cliché unprocessed, 569.0 KBDownload
Maria Puga
Customer Service Accessoires

Need to place an order, have a question on inks, pads, clichés, I can get you an answer.

Need to place an order, have a question on inks, pads, clichés, I can get you an answer.

Frank McLaughlin
Art & Cliché Department Manager

Have a question on cliché types and styles, I am happy to help.

Have a question on cliché types and styles, I am happy to help.