Patent Number: 8,820,230

Title: Method for printing on spherical object and pad to be used therefor

Abstract: A method and apparatus for printing is provided. The method includes preparing a hollow printing pad having a transfer surface, the printing pad being configured so that when the transfer surface is pushed, the gas in the hollow part is released to the outside of the printing pad; transferring ink or paint in recesses formed on the surface of a printing plate to the transfer surface of the printing pad by applying the ink or paint onto the surface of the printing plate and by pressing the transfer surface of the printing pad against the surface of the printing plate; and transferring the ink or paint to the object to be printed by pressing the transfer surface of the printing pad against the object to be printed until at least the hemispherical portion of the object to be printed is wrapped by the transfer surface of the printing pad.

Inventors: Inoue; Nobuya (Chichibu, JP), Ohira; Takashi (Chichibu, JP)

Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.

International Classification: B41F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 9/02/12018