Printing techniques for plastic glasses
From one spot colour through to full colour (CMYK). Approximately 55x55mm per position. The printing pad is actually a circle rather than a square and the actual printable size will depend on the glass shape and size. There are no minimum print run for pad printing but numbers lower than 3000 on disposable glasses are not usually economically viable. Lead times from two weeks onwards.
Rotary screen printing
One colour only but allows for big wrap-around prints on low production runs. Screen prints can be combined with pad prints as required. There is no minimum print run for pad printing but numbers lower than 3000 on disposable glasses are not usually economically viable. Lead times from two weeks onwards.
Dry offset printing
Very low cost. Minimum quantities of 50k. Tumbler shapes only. Some factories can dry-offset print a good facsimile of full colour using six colour plates with half tones. Most dry-offset print processes are spot colour only and 1-6 colours. Lead time is 4-6 weeks.
Very low cost. Minimum quantities of 30k. Tumbler shapes only. 1-6 spot colours only. Lead time is 4-5 weeks.
In Mould Labelling (IML)
The image is printed to a label that is inserted into the mould at the point of manufacture. Creates stunning all-around photo-realistic ‘prints’. Only available for injection moulded polypropylene reusable plastic glasses.
Some factories will make plastic glasses in specific colours subject to minimum order quantities. The minimum production run depends on the type of glass and material- it may be as low as 2000 pieces or as high as 100k. Please talk to us and we will find a solution.
We can manufacture plastic glasses to specific Pantone references if required. Solid colours are relatively easy. Opacity is a harder thing to quantify and get precise. Our advice is to provide us with a reference or an example and we will replicate it in plastic.
PartyPlastics can advise on the creation of bespoke glass shapes. However in general we advise that, aside from printing and colouring, creating bespoke plastic glasses involves a financial commitment and time implication that is only justified if your production run is at least 50k for reusable glasses and runs into the millions for disposable glasses.
Most print and customisation processes involve some fixed costs whether you print 1 or 1000s of glasses. In simple terms, the more you print, the cheaper each glass becomes.
Marketing professionals are familiar with the tension between creativity and what is achievable within the constraints of time and budget. Printed and custom made plastic glasses are like any other physical item that is manufactured to order. However you may be surprised at what is possible.
Talk to us about what you want to achieve and let us offer you our advice on the best way to get there.
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