Hot Stamping Process
Surface finishing by hot stamping
During a hot stamping process, a decorative design is transferred from a carrier film or foil to the area to be stamped. This is done using a heated stamp, which exercises a pressure onto the carrier foil during an exactly specified time period. The shape of the stamp and the variant of the hot stamping foil define the decoration, which remains on the application to be stamped. An optimally balanced ratio of temperature, pressure and time is the primary requirement for a successful hot stamping process.
Advantages of the hot stamping method
This process allows brilliant decorations on plastic, paper and cardboard. Therefore, gold, silver, or chrome effects can be applied, which would not be possible using conventional printing processes. These decorations offer a high degree of coverage and are both abrasion-resistant and UV-resistant. A pre- or post-treatment of the decoration parts is not required; no drying times are required. Hot stamping processes run in a stable fashion for years and are easy to handle. There is no toxic waste; both living beings and the environment are protected. In spite of all these advantages, hot stamping is very cost-effective in comparison to other decorating techniques.