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What is Hot Stamping?

Posted by Matt Martin

hot stamping foilWhat is hot stamping?

The hot stamping process includes a hot stamping press, a hot stamping die or type, and sometimes a hot stamping foil if you choose to add color to your impression.  The hot stamping press contains a heating element that heats up the die or type; the marking cycle starts when the press engages the heated die or type with the foil and transfers the ink from the foil carrier onto the part to be marked.  The press then disengages at the end of the marking cycle leaving behind a crisp, permanent, ink impression on the part.

What can hot stamping foil be used for?

Our hot stamping foils are formulated to meet the most demanding applications for leather goods, book bindings, personalization items, greeting cards, ribbons, plastics, cosmetic packaging, commercial printing, labels, wires, and heat-shrink sleeving.

Can hot stamping be used by hobbyists?

There are manual presses available which, along with hot stamping type, dies and foil enables any hobbyist to create their own custom hot stamp impressions for a relatively small investment from the comfort of their own homes or small businesses. All you’d need to get started is a hot stamping press, metal type or dies (material options include magnesium for short runs, brass for medium runs, or steel for longer production runs), and hot stamping foil if you want to add color.

What are the benefits of hot stamping?

Hot stamping is a flexible process allowing the user to mark a variety of different materials including most plastics, rubber, leather, fabrics, and paper.

Hot stamping is a relatively clean process and eliminates the need for inks and other messy consumables.  Hot stamping is a very simple, robust, and reliable marking process.  Load a metal die into the hot stamping press, add a swatch or roll of hot stamping foil, fixture your part, and make your mark.

Durable Technologies hot stamping foils produce a permanent direct part mark that will last for years under even the toughest of conditions.

The image engraved on the die face is created by Durable Technologies using graphics files and can be pulled from a variety of software/formats including Adobe Illustrator (preferred format), DWG, DXF, and EPS files.  

Dies can be made out of many materials including magnesium, brass, and steel.  Depending on your requirements for mark depth, quantity of marks, budget, and press operation Durable Technologies will make a hot stamping die material recommendation that will meet your needs.

To find out more about hot stamping, click here.

This post was published on February 23, 2012 and updated on March 19, 2015.

Topics: Hot Stamping, Hot Stamping Type and Dies, Craftsman and Artisan, Hot Stamping Foils and Ribbons