Hot Foil Printing, Monogramming & Product Personalisation FAQs

Hot Foil Printing: Monogramming with Kwikprint

Our range of hot foil printing machines are extensively used in the fashion industry for personalisation, by various manufacturing industries where product marking is required and for printing a wide variety of promotional gifts and incentives.Hot foil printed items

Each machine is designed as a vertical format system meaning that the product remains stationery during printing – the print head moves up and down, not the product. This allows for more difficult, thicker, heavier products to be personalised with ease.

Most machines are modular and can have various accessories added to them, or upgrades to components made at any time during ownership. These machines are probably some of the simplest to operate and remain the most versatile hot foil printing solution available.

1. What is hot foil printing?

Foil printing is a printing process that uses a combination of heat and pressure to transfer a design onto a wide variety of products. The print is not ink based and completely dry to the touch at all times. After printing, products can be handled and re-packaged immediately and the foil printing machine does not require cleaning after completing a print run.

2. Can any type of material be foil printed?

A wide variety of products can be decorated with foil or by embossing / debossing the material, where no coloured foil is added but the design is stamped into the product instead. Suitable materials for hot foil printing include leather, plastics, paper, card, vinyl and more. However, the suitability of an individual product for printing versus embossing depends on a variety of factors. We are happy to advise clients on the possibilities.

It is not possible to foil print directly onto clothing such as t-shirts, metal products, glass and ceramic based products. A pad printer or screen printer is the preferred printing methodology for these materials. Foil can be added to garments using a special transfer process – please contact us for details.

3. Are there any product constraints?

Hot foil printing machines are normally used to print onto flat products using flat printing plates or type. However, it is possible to print shaped products provided that special tooling to support the product is available and the printing plate must also be shaped to match the profile of the product.

4. Are the foils expensive?

Foil is available in a wide variety of colours, finishes and grades. The grade of foil has to be matched to the type of product you are printing onto with some specialist plastic grade foils being the costliest. With this variety comes a variety of prices but generally, although a gold foil may seem like it will prove to be an expensive commodity, the cost per print will be very low indeed. The final cost per print depends on several factors that include the image area that is being printed and the grade and colour of foil used. We are happy to assist you in calculating cost per print for your individual product based on the factors mentioned. In the main though, the cost per print is usually measured in pence or fractions of a pence.

5. How can goods be personalised with this equipment?

Hot foil printing machine with typeIn the fashion and retail industry, our range of hot foil stamping machines are generally used to add customer names and initials to high end leather goods. To achieve this, you have to purchase sets of type. A set of type consists of loose letters, either upper and lowercase with numbers (a full font) or uppercase only (often the choice for monogramming). The individual letters are quickly and easily set into the type and die holder of the Kwikprint hot foil printing machine, allowing for a quick and efficient point of sale task where needed. The customer can wait for their product to be personalised. Our equipment is so reliable, it is regularly used to monogram leather goods worth thousands of Pounds at point of sale.

6. Can I print logos or emojis too?

Logos can be printed in a number of ways depending on the type of product being printed. An engraved brass die can be produced for the best possible print quality. A chemically etched die made of aluminium or magnesium alloy is a good and cheaper alternative where the product is firm, i.e. not a plush diary cover with lots of give in it. You can also produce a polymer printing plate in-house if you purchase some additional equipment – an exposure unit – but this process is much more limited.

Emojis are becoming a popular add-on to the monogramming market and we can supply them engraved in the same way as the brass type so that letters and emojis can be used together since they are of the same height. Chemically etched dies are a completely different format and are usually mounted on a special mounting block to be used in the Kwikprint machines.

7. Do I need special training and knowledge to use the Kwikprint foil printing machines?

No, learning the process of hot foil printing is simple and quick, and there is no other machine available that is as simple to set up and easy to use as a Kwikprint. Full training is offered to those clients that request it, and on-going support is only a telephone call away. We also offer full event support where a member of our staff is available to personalise goods at your special events.

8. Is there a wide range of foil colours and finishes available?

The choice of foil colours is vast, and generally the range is split into metallic, gloss, matt and holographic finishes. Within these colour ranges, there are specific foils for use on card or paper, plastic, wood and other specialised materials. However, foils cannot be exactly matched to specific Pantone® colours. We can advise on the nearest colour to your chosen Pantone® reference if required.

9. Can the machinery be used anywhere?

Yes. All of the hot foil printing machinery that we sell is perfectly placed to be used in a home based, business or retail environment. The machines are not very big and have no special electrical requirements.

10. Are Kwikprint hot foil printing machines upgradeable?

Each Kwikprint machine shares the same common parts, so an entry level machine can be upgraded to include more parts as your business grows. In addition, the Kwikprint Model 86 is the only manually operated machine that can be upgraded to air operation.

11. Kwikprint machines look very different to British built platen machines. What is the difference?

Traditional British platen machines operate in a completely different way to a Kwikprint hot foil printing system. Kwikprint machines are designed as a vertical format system – British machines generally operate like a clamshell.

The advantage of a vertical configuration is that the item being printed always remains in place on the worktable during printing. The print head is the part that moves up and down. On a British platen system, the product moves in an arc toward, and away from the fixed and stationery print head. The design of a Kwikprint allows for larger, more complex products to be printed with ease.

12. I want to personalise leather goods with names and initials, will the Kwikprint work?

Yes. In fact, we have customers across a wide range of premium brands who use the Kwikprint range to personalise a wide range of leather goods. The model chosen will depend on your exact requirements and products. We highly recommend that you discuss this with us over the phone for personalised advice.

13. How does the Kwikprint Model 64 allow me to monogram luggage under the handle?

A special mini type and die holder fits into the standard holder. This allows just enough space for a few initials and allows the print head to reach down into the area below the handle while the briefcase or suitcase is suspended in an open position thanks to the unique stand that is part of the Model 64.