Leaving Lasting Impressions

You want to make your mark, but are you always sure how? At Rocca, we answer a lot of questions regarding printing and engraving methods. We can guide you to best choices on a variety of materials. But, just in case you’re carrying around one of those pesky, “learn something new each day,” resolutions, we’re sharing a quick cheat-sheet to help you hit just the right mark.


Pad Printing
The world isn’t flat and neither are many of its objects! Pad printing uses a flexible silicone rubber pad to transfer single or multiple-color designs onto three-dimensional surfaces. Golf ball logos are a great example of pad printing.




The term often provokes thoughts of stitched ladybugs on ‘70s denim or stacks of pink nursery blankets, but embroidery’s come a long way, baby! Digitized logos now create computer blueprints for maximum precision on even the most intricate designs. We urge clients to remember embroidery pricing is not based on the number of colors in a design, but stitch count.



So simple, even the cavemen did it! However, today’s etching often involves computer technology and chemicals to carve surfaces. This leaves your metal, glass or film objects with sharp cuts, accurate designs and little of the residue, chipping or scratching that hindered more primitive etching practices.



Laser Engraving
Laser precision is a cliché for a reason! And, like advancements in etching, modern engraving eliminates some of the past frustration of tool bits, which could scratch or wear down an item’s finish. Those tools never touch your surface today, leaving you confident that every item will look identically outstanding.



Hot Stamp or HotPress Printing
We’re not talking about iron-on t-shirts here! Heated stamping dies press against metals or pigments and transfer designs to paper, wood, plastic or leather. Heat sets the sizing agent. Gold leaf serves as a common example of hot stamping.




These cause lots of confusion. Embossing occurs when a combination of heat and pressure raises a portion of paper, leather or other material, and the design rises toward your audience. Debossing displays the opposite effect. The design goes away or departs from you. You can combine either of these processes with ink. Use of the process without ink is referred to as blind embossing or blind debossing.


But all this etching and stamping talk barely scratches the surface. Have more questions or want to know what method works best for your next project? Contact Rocca. We’re always the best first step in any process.


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