In this article we at Dolce Lucio want to talk to you about hot stamping and we want to do it in the best way. So, if you really want to know more, we recommend that you stay on our article, wishing you happy reading!
Well yes, today we're talking to you about hot stamping, but before talking to you about the technique that reaches the present day, we want to take a small step back and go to its origins.
Hot stamping: the origins
You should know that the origin of hot stamping is to be found in the figure of Ernest Oeser, a famous German inventor, who in 1892 was the first to obtain the patent for a machine suitable for hot stamping. In this way born his very personal production.
Regarding to the diffusion of this technique, however, we must wait until the beginning of the 1950s, to then arrive at its escalation, which reached its peak in terms of popularity in the 1970s. Indeed, after the 70s, it officially became the preferred and most used method for decorating packaging and plastic and paper products.
After this little historical reference, let's now get to know the technique.
Hot stamping is a printing process for decorating objects that allows you to create designs, logos, texts, holograms, etc.
The process consists in the transfer of color from the foil (tape containing color pigment) to the surface of the object to be printed, by means of the heat and pressure of the machine.
All printing parameters (heat intensity, printing time, printing pressure, data archive for repeating jobs already performed, etc.) are managed and settable by the machine.
The fundamental advantages of hot stamping are:
- Color quality and rendering: with no other technique is it possible to obtain the quality and brilliance of the color, especially in gold, silver and bronze colors;
- Resistance over time: compared to other decoration techniques, hot stamping has much greater resistance and durability over time;
- Does not produce hazardous waste: Compared to other technologies, the only waste produced (waste foil) can be disposed of in the common waste bin. It is a "dry" process (does not require solvents). All this meets the ever-growing needs of environmental sustainability.
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