Promotional Mug Printing Methods
Promotional Mug Printing Methods used among corporate gift companies
1. Heat Transfer Printing
The oldest method of mug printing is heat transfer. It has remained the most popular despite the introduction of new technology over the years. It is ideal for printing vibrant designs, and it remains affordable even when there is a large order. The process for mugs is different from heat transfer printing. It combines heat transfer printing with dye sublimation printing.
Stage 1: Select your design & ink your image
When designing your mug, keep in mind its dimensions and ensure that the image is reversed.
Stage 2: Print your design
This is where a sublimation printer can be used to print the design on the transfer paper.
Stage 3: Place the Design Around Your Mug
It is important that the design on the mug does not become a blank space. The paper should then be wrapped around the mug, with the image facing inwards. Finally, heat-resistant tape should be used to secure the paper.
Stage 4: Heat Press
To begin sublimation, place your mug into the Heat Press Machine.
Stage 5: Discard Your Mug
It's hot! Remove the image. Let your mug cool, and you will have your very own mug.
2. Silk Screen Printing
Silkscreen printing for mugs can only be used for single-colour designs, unlike Heat Transfer Printing. This is because it uses custom stencils to print the design onto mugs. Silkscreen printing is not used in mug printing.
Silkscreen printing is used more often for clothes and apparels. You can find more information about the silkscreen print process here.
3. Pad printing
The process of pad printing is where a design can be transferred using a silicon stamp (pad), onto 3-dimensional products (in this instance, notebooks). This process is broken down into two steps: 1) From the plate to your pad 2) from the pad to your product. First, your design is etched onto a plate made of metal or plastic. The pad picks up ink from the plate and transfers it onto your product. Because the pad can only pick up one colour from the plate, this process is called "1 Colour Pad Printing". This also means that different designs will require a different plate made of metal or plastic.