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Cynthia Schulte
By Cynthia Schulte
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 13:59

For those that are not in the industry, hot stamping seems like a strange process.  Why not use a wet ink?  The answer is that the hot stamping is clean, dry, fast and free from the manufacturing limitations commonly associated with wet ink printing.

Hot stamping is a unique process that transfers color pigment or metallic material from a continuous film carrier sheet to a component. The heat and pressure of hot stamping permanently transfers the image to the plastic or metal surface. A silicone rubber die conforms to fit the slightly uneven surfaces often found in molded parts, and allows for excellent resolution and repeatability. 

In the photo, the silver on the NEC is transferred using hot stamping, demonstrating how well the process works on raised surfaces.