Cliché Plates for Your Project

Teca-Print USA offers a range of the highest quality cliché plates available on the market today. From low-run water wash polymer, to high speed production ready thick steel, we have the cliché you need.

Cliché Plate Materials

** Used for making your own cliché plates and sold in packs of 10. All below plates can be cut to size and punched for printing with either Teca-Print USA machines or any other manufacturers machine. **

Cliché Plate

Water-Wash Polymer Cliché Plates

Purchase Water-Wash

  • Lasts up to 20,000 Cycles
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Recommended for open well ink systems
  • Ideal for small volume print jobs

Standard Alcohol Wash Polymer Cliché Plates

Purchase Standard

  • Lasts up to 25,000 Cycles
  • Recommended for open well ink systems
  • Ideal for small to medium volume print jobs

Long Life Red Polymer Cliché Plates (High Res)

Purchase Long Life

  • Lasts up to 75,000 Cycles
  • Robust material for preventing damage
  • Works well for open well and sealed ink systems
  • Ideal for medium volume print jobs

Laser Engravable Cliché Plates ** NEW **

Purchase Laser

  • Lasts up to 25,000 Cycles
  • Suitable for all standard laser systems
  • Can be used with all common pad printing inks
  • Works well for open well and sealed ink systems

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Graphic to Cliché Plate Services

In supplying us with an artwork or design, Teca-Print USA will manufacture your cliché plate for your project. A good cliché plate is key to ensuring a high quality print, so leave it to our graphics and plate making experts to produce a cliché that meets the quality standard required for your project needs.

Polymer Cliché Plates

Polymer Plate Service

Consisting of thin metal carrier plates covered with a UV light-sensitive polymer coating, polymer plates are used across a variety of applications in pad printing. Popular for their high flexibility and cost-effectiveness, polymer cliché plates are ideal for small and medium-sized print series.

  • Water Wash
  • Standard Alcohol Wash
  • Long Life Red Polymer (High Res)
  • Laser Engravable

Thin Steel Cliché Plates

Thin Plate Service

Thin steel plates 05 are plates made of thin steel (thickness approx. 0.5 mm). They have a light-sensitive coating like normal steel plates and undergo the same etching process.

  • Lasts up to 300,000 Cycles
  • Works well for open well and sealed ink systems
  • Ideal for medium volume print jobs
  • Cost effective alternative to thick steel

Thick Steel Cliché Plates

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Coated with a light sensitive layer for etching, thick steel plates are made of high-quality special steel (hardness approx. 65 Rc) and are approx. 10 mm thick (plates with a thickness of 6 or 8 mm can also be used).

  • Lasts up to 2 Million Cycles
  • Made of high-quality steel
  • Works well for open well and sealed ink systems
  • Ideal for large volume print jobs

Cliché Plates for Pad Printing: Photo-Engraving and Laser Etching

Pad printing is a printing process that uses a pad to transfer images and designs from the cliche plate to the substrate. A cliché plate, also called a pad printing plate, is etched with the image for printing. Two main ways to etch the plate are photo-engraving and laser etching.

The cliché printing plate you choose will depend on your desired print quantity and quality. Here is an overview of some standard plate-making processes to help you make the right choice.

Photopolymer Plate-Making Process

The photopolymer plate-making process is the most common type of plate-making technology used today. Covered with a film positive of the desired image, a light-sensitive plate is exposed to ultraviolet light. The plate hardens where the light hits it, and areas covered by the film positive are washed out with water and dried. The end product is a plate with an etched surface containing the image to be printed. The entire process can take 25 to 45 minutes per plate.

Unexposed plates should be stored flat in photographic bags away from moisture, sunlight, and humidity. This protects the print from fading or other damage over time. You can only open the black photographic bags for a few minutes at a time and only under UV filtered lights. Otherwise, the plates will be exposed and unable to be used for pad printing.

Laser Plate-Making Process

The laser plate-making process uses a focused beam of light to etch a plate. Laser plate-making is faster than photopolymer etching—each plate takes just 5 to 7 minutes to make. As a result, you can produce more plates in a shorter time.

Although laser plate-making is more expensive than photopolymer plate-making, laser pad printing plates use a computer application such as Adobe Illustrator to create the artwork, enabling quick design adjustments as needed.

Types of Lasers

Although they perform the same functions, you are not limited to using a single type of laser. Different lasers have different wavelengths, strengths, and other qualities that can be advantageous in specific applications.

  • CO2 Lasers: CO2 lasers are used in laser plate-making processes because they are very good at cutting and engraving a variety of materials with bold images. Their versatility and cost-effectiveness make them the most common type of laser, but they are slower and less powerful than fiber lasers.
  • Fiber Lasers: Fiber lasers are preferred for their ability to engrave very detailed and intricate designs. Their superior power allows them to etch steel plates, which last longer than other types of plate materials.
  • Diode Lasers: Diode lasers are not as quick or powerful as CO2 and fiber lasers, but they are the most cost-effective option.

High-Quality Cliché Plates and Pad Printing Machines From Teca-Print USA

Pad printing is a highly accurate printing process that applies images to objects of different shapes, sizes, and materials. This versatile technique can print on surfaces that are not entirely flat, such as mugs, jewelry, and other objects.

If you want a high-quality printing process that can produce precise images, you need quality cliché plates and pad printing machines. At Teca-Print USA, we offer a wide selection of pad printing machines, cliché plates, and services. Get in touch with us to find the solution that meets your needs.

Please contact our sales team today to find out which type of plate is best for your project.

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