Can you print on the inside of cups?
There’s a PE plastic coating on the inside of the cup. This coating’s actually laminated to the paper prior to making the cup.
If you print directly on to this layer, ink is then in direct contact with hot coffee or tea, which will react with the underlying substrate. Although harmless for the most part, it’s not recommended as completely food safe.
The only way to do this is to have the paper pre-printed prior to lamination.
Since lamination’s done in huge quantities it would only be possible for large order volumes.
Can you print on the bottom of cups?
If it’s inside the cup – as in looking inside the cup – the answer’s the same as the answer to printing on the inside of cups.
If it’s underneath the cup, on the flat base, same as above.
However printing on the bottom inner base side wall can be done.
If you want to print on the inside to reveal a prize or similar, the coupon cup is a much better way to do this. (See image below.)
Can the entire cup be printed on – including the bottom rim?
Yes, the base of the double wall can be printed, but it requires an extra print setup fee and slightly increases the cost of the cup.
If you’re doing just a colour match this will work just fine. But, if you are trying to match up lines between the base of the cup and the double wall, that won’t work.
Our single wall cups incoporate complete print coverage as well.
Do you make grooved cups – and can you print on them?
No, we don’t and, yes, we believe you can. (We call them ripple cups.)
Usually ripple cups are marketed as being a solution for insulation and protecting your hand from heat.
However, double wall cups are by far the best for insulation – here’ a diagram of double wall paper cup construction and info on print surface finishing options. Double wall paper cups provide a much superior printing surface and many more options than grooved / rippled surfaces.
Double wall cups also don’t require paper or card cup sleeves or clutches, which proves their insulation properties.