Hello, all. I am one of those pre-Oct 25, 2015 purchasers, but this is my first post here. One of my other hobbies is screen printing. Lately, someone approached me about a project for which screen printing isn’t ideal, and I started looking for other ways to do it. Pad printing (the technique used for printing on things like pens) looks like it would fit the bill, but I don’t have equipment for that - especially for making the cliches (the metal plates that hold the ink/pattern that is transferred to the pad). Photo etching those plates looks like the biggest barrier to entry, given the nasty chemicals involved. So, I started wondering about laser etching the cliches, since I will, some day, have a laser cutter/etcher. I found that there are vendors who sell plates specifically designed to be laser etched (source below), and am wondering if anyone else here has any experience using a laser cutter as part of the pad printing process. It’s a long shot, but I know there are a lot of creative polymaths here.
Here’s the source I mentioned above: http://www.inkcups.com/supplies/laser-plates/Default.aspx