What is Hot Stamping?
- Hot stamping is a process in which an engraved image, stamping die or type, is heated then forced down against a part with a marking foil sandwiched in between. The area where the die meets the part, is where the ink from the foil is left behind. Though this is a very simplified description of hot stamping, it is the basis of the process and where you eed to start.
- The Hot stamping process using foil is accomplished with the used of a metal plate that has been engraved with an image of the desired designrequired for the particular application. the plate strikes a roll of foil film which causes the foil to adhere to the tape. The metal plate then strikes the substrate that is to be imprinted and transfer the the foil onto the area of the document requiring metllic effect.
- Hot stamping is a dry printing method of lithography in which predried ink or foils are transferred to a surface at high temperatures.
- Hot stamping is a process of heating an image using foil.
How Hot Stamping is done?
- The process works by allowing the ink from the image to melt.
- To create the image heat and pressure are required.
- In its simplest form a heated platen and a die are pressed onto an object with the foil between the heated die and the object.
- The heat activates the adhesive on the foil and if the object is plastic softens the plastic.
- When the pressure is released and the die lifted away the image is left on the object as the foil peels off.
Why Hot Stamping?
- Hot stamping can be used to mark a multitude of different material, the most common being plastics.
- Hot stamping is a very permanent process. When a part is marked with a properly formulated foil, it can withstand some very harsh conditions. So, if the color should fade or wear off the branded image will remain.
- It's a dry process.
ApplicationsPlastics, Entertainment, and Consumer Products:
- Mobile phones (cases & housings)
- Graphic designs
- Plastic decorations & textiles
- Headphones and Earphones