Pad Printing History

History of Pad Printing

In very simple forms, Pad Printing dates back hundreds of years. That being said it wasn’t until the 1960’s and 70’s where the industry began to gain real traction. Post World War II saw the increased use of pad printing on items with irregular surfaces such as watch faces. In the 1960’s and 70’s came the progression of equipment and development of silicone pads, allowing for high quality, durable and economical printing

Pad Printing Evolution

Originally the entire process of pad printing was completed by hand. The images were manually engraved onto copper plates and a soft gelatin substance was then used to transfer the images using oil based inks. Later in the 20th century pad printers became automated utilizing hydraulics or pneumatic systems. The improvement if inks, solvents and the invention of a closed ink cup system has made the process far easier to use.

Today many industries use pad printing including:

  • Electronics manufacturers
  • Toy companies
  • Aerospace Industries
  • Specialty Advertising Agencies

Product Materials We Print On:




Other Materials & Surfaces

Our Work

Border Pad & Print has the capability to print on almost all surface shapes and finishes. From painted finishes to stainless steel, flat glass to rounded sports balls, we are equipped and ready for the job. Have a look at some of the work that puts us at the forefront of the industry.

Industries We Serve

Our varied customer base has allowed us continuous growth and success year after year. Today, we are pleased to have active customers from a wide range of industries.


Injection Molders



Food & Beverage

Promotional Products

Health & Beauty

Other Industries

Wondering If We Can Print On Something Unusual?

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