About Cylindrical Printing
(Hint: it is useful to first read about Screen Printing & Pad Printing.)
This is another version of screen printing, but on a smaller scale. For one thing, the screens are much smaller than those used for garments. For another, the items are not stretched flat garments, but cylindrical objects – most commonly stainless steel travel mugs.
The way it works is as follows: the object is placed over a spindle-like “choke” below the screen. The prepared screen is lowered to the object’s surface and the choke begins to rotate. At the same time, the squeegee sqooshes the ink through the screen onto the object. Then the object is removed from the choke and the next one put in its place.
This is different from pad printing in two ways. In technical printing terminology, the pad process calls for the ink to be smooshed on rather than sqooshed on. And because the object rotates, the cylindrical process permits more of the surface to be imprinted with image and text than a pad can cover.
Price is affected by
- The quantity of items ordered.
- The number of colors used, because each ink color requires its own setup.