Hot Foil Printers
Versatile, easy to use and no messy inks!
Hot foil printers or hot stamping machines have long been used to add something to printed products that no other printing process can – shiny gold, silver and other metallic colours! However, nowadays hot stamping foils are available in a myriad of finishes and many special effect foils, gloss foils and others finishes are now available in addition to the more traditional gold and silver finishes.
The printing process is totally dry (because no ink is involved) and it is quick to learn. Hot foil printers allow you a simple way to add an impressive touch to any item and it is amongst the most profitable printing methods for personalising a wide range of promotional items.
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Kwikprint Hot Foil Printers
Kwikprint hot foil stamping and debossing machines have been made by the same family since 1926, and are amongst one of the oldest and most reputable brands of hot stamping machines in the world.
Unifoil Digital Foil Printing System
When you need to print variable data, the biggest problem is always the fact that a printing plate has to be made for each design The Unifoil system sets you free from the need to produce printing plates and allo you to print variable data onto products.
How does a hot foil printer work?
Traditional hot foil printing machines, also referred to as hot stamping machines, use either a metal printing plate (die) or traditional printing type in the form of loose letters to hot stamp the required image onto the product. The process begins with the production of a printing plate, or the setting of type (generally used when only initials, names or short areas of text will be printed).
Once the die has been produced, it is placed on the heated print-head of the hot foil stamping machine and brought up to temperature. Using a combination of heat, pressure and dwell time, the design is transferred from the die or type, through the coloured foil and onto the product. The entire hot foil printing cycle takes less than a second per item (excluding the time to locate and remove the item from the machine).
There are a few products that do not lend themselves to being printed with hot foil printers, such as – products made from metal, glass or ceramic substrates. If you would like to print such items you will need to consider buying a semi automatic pad printing or semi automatic cylindrical screen printing system. In general, products suitable for hot foil printers are usually flat in profile, although it is also possible to produce shaped printing plates and appropriate tooling for more complex industrial applications.
In general, products suitable for hot foil printers are usually flat, although it is also possible to produce shaped printing plates and appropriate tooling for more complex industrial applications.