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Foil Stamping Process
This article will teach you about the hot foil stamping process.
Hot foil stamping is the application of adding metallic material to a project using heat and pressure.
A key player in the foil stamping process is the hot foil machine. Hot foil machines are run manually by an operator who makes sure each project gets stamped correctly. The operator measures the project and places markers on the machine’s platform in a formation that allows the project to be slipped snugly inside. The formation also takes into account where the foil stamp needs to be placed. Once everything is set up, pieces are hand fed into the machine one by one until each piece has been stamped.
Foil stamping uses a heated metal die to transfer the metallic material; your digital art file is used to create this die, so all pieces will be stamped with the same shape.
While foil stamping is offered by PrintNinja for international orders, we cannot currently utilize foil stamping for domestic printing, Foil sleeking is a similar option that we are currently looking into. We hope that down the road we will be able to add this popular and attention-grabbing feature to projects produced here in the U.S.!
Sequential Foil Numbering
Sequential foil uses a specific machine, as seen to the right. Instead of using a single die, these machines use a die with a rotating numbered head so that each piece gets its own unique number.