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What is Thermal Binding?

At ThermoBind we sell empty hard cover and soft cover books that have a heat activated adhesive or resin inside the spine.  The correct spine width is selected for the appropriate volume of sheets.  Then the cover with the sheets inside is placed into a  thermal binding machine  where it rests on a heating plate. After a minute or so the glue slightly wicks into the paper and the cover is removed and placed into a cooling rack. The result is a book store quality report presentation. Depending upon the machine and the spine width, as many as 20 covers can be bound at the same time.

​​​​​What if I need help designing a logo or coming up with a layout?  Do you have design services?

If you need help with special services, such as designing a logo or creating a layout, our in house art department will be happy to assist you. Cost will vary depending on the complexity of the work to be done. It is best to call us for a quote.

​​​​​​​​​What will the delivery turn-around time be? 

Most stock items will be shipped within two working days from receipt of order.  Custom orders can vary from 10  to 20 working days from the time of proof approval.

Frequently Asked Questions

​​​​​Do you offer window cuts in your covers?

Yes,we offer  covers in a wide variety of sizes with windows in many stock sizes and shapes. We need to retain at least 1 inch of material from the edge of the window.   Custom window dies are also available.

​​​​​​​​​​What is the process to customize or foil stamp my company logo? How big of an area is possible and what are the costs?

Provide us with your 300 dpi high resolution artwork in vector format with your suggested positioning and we will provide you with a digital proof for approval. We can stamp up to an 80 Square inch image. However, the one time cost for foil and embossing dies will increase from $125 for a die that covers 20 square inches to as much as  $320 for a die that covers up to 80 square inches. You can have more than one color foil stamped. Each color will require an additional stamping fee.

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​​​​​What customization options does ThermoBind offer?

We offer foil stamping, embossing, silk screening, window cuts, and one to four color printing. We also offer soft covers in many configurations including two and three panel designs with pockets, business cards slits and all the customization options listed above. Our 100,000 sq. ft printing plant in the Midwest can make just about anything that holds paper.


​​​​Is there a limit to the number of sheets that can be thermal bound?

You can from as little as a few pages to 350 sheets.  The spine size is determined by measuring the number of sheets you intend to bind in inches without pinching.  Sizes are in millimeters.  If in between sizes, always choose the next size up.