What Is Cold Stamping Foil
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One of the biggest differences between Hot Stamping and Cold Stamping Foil techniques is terminology. "Hot" refers to the heat and pressure required for the process, while cold foil relies on UV light rather than temperature. Whether for sheetfed lithography or flexo printing, cold foil can be applied in-line. Aluminum foil is dispensed from rolls mounted in-line and laid down on a substrate printed with UV adhesive in the desired pattern. A pressure roller seals the foil to the paper before exposure to UV light cures the adhesive and locks the design in place.
A process that can be done in-line on a printing press. Using a standard printing plate, the image is printed onto the substrate using a UV-curable cold foil adhesive. Then a UV dryer activates the adhesive. The extracted foil is attached to the printing adhesive and creates the image. The foil that does not adhere to the adhesive is removed.