What is Better-UV Printing or Pad Printing? | Axis Enterprises
What is Better-UV Printing or Pad Printing?
7 December, 2019 by
Er. Ankit Kumar


A wide range of items like electronic micro components, toys, specialty items such as golf balls, etc. have been printed upon using the standard ‘pad printing’ since the last 75 years.

Pad printing, also known as tomography, implies the analog printing technique that transfers an image from a printing plate onto a substrate with the help of silicone pad. This technique has either been outsourced to a printing unit or used as in-house production by a majority of industries like medical, automobiles, electronics, sporting goods, appliances, and toys.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Pad Printing

Pad printing has been in the market since the 1940s and has been evolving ever since. It involves inexpensive equipment and is versatile on various substrates. It involves a relatively short learning curve. For bulk production, per unit cost turns out to be less and this makes it a popular choice among printing houses.

However the ‘make ready’ time of the technique is long as it covers the following steps:

·     Generation of artwork

·     Color separation (if it is multi-color printing)

·     Exposure of film on a printing plate by way of a UV light source

·     Mixing inks with thinners or hardeners

·     Machine pepping and alignment

·     Creation of jigs


Such is the process of pad printing and the technique is unable to stand the needs of a modern, evolving digitalized world.

The following are some major shortcomings of pad printing:

1.  The more the colors involved, the more expensive it gets as the equipment cost gets higher for multi-color printing.

2.  The set-up costs are high and impractical for small productions.

3.  It is not a practical technique for full-color images.

4.  It is a messy process, so the cost and time involved in cleaning up are high.

5.  Usually, variable data, designs, and colors are not possible.

6.  Most pad printers have a small imprint area, usually 4-4.45”.


With more full color, customized products in demand, pad printing is soon losing its efficacy to the digital UV-LED printing.


The New-age UV printing

UV flatbed printers are much more advanced and cost-effective than pad printing and can cater to a plethora of items like glass doors, tabletops, wooden items, sports equipment, fancy items like stationery and bottles, customized gifts, metal objects, trophies, mobile case printing and many more.

The UV flatbed printing involves a shorter learning curve and relatively low-cost inks. This implies more revenue and lesser costs. UV printing is equipped for full-color imaging much at the same speed as single-color imaging.

The best part is printing on one or thousand items requires the same set up because the whole process is digital.


Following are the features that have enabled the digital wave to sweep the entire market and the UV-LED printing technology is here to stay:

·     Imprint area in UV printing is larger than pad printing.

·     UV flatbed technology allows 3-D effects by printing both on the front and the back.

·     The white under the base makes the image stand out from the product and the varnish helps to create matte and glossy images.

·     There is no cleaning up cost involved.


UV printing directly means more speed, fewer costs and hence more revenue, irrespective of the quantity of the items printed upon.


Last Words

Axis Enterprises is the leading and the authorized manufacturer and provider of UV printers in India. With continued customer satisfaction and solution to all problems, Axis Enterprises has become the best UV Printers provider in India. Feel free to drop in a line at  inquiry@uvprinterindia.com  and avail huge profit margins with the flatbed UV printing.