Milford Astor is Australia's centre of know how for the pad printing process. We have been installing equipment and training operators since 1976 and have a large range of models that can be configured to suit almost any application, from small single colour bench mount machines to large multi-colour, auto feed free standing lines. Many of Australia's major brand names have our equipment.

Milford Astor also carries and extensive range of pad printing supplies, such as inks, plates, solvents and pads. We have state of the art equipment for etching steel plates of the highest quality ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere as well as specialised ink mixing/colour matching services and test printing procedures to ascertain the best process for any particular product.

Pad printing provides new possibilities which may not be achievable with traditional printing processes, or which can only be achieved with great effort. Pad printing uses a variety of plates, either etched steel or washed out photopolymer and the image is recessed into the plate surface. During the print operation, the plate is covered with ink; then the excess is removed from the surface, leaving only the ink required for the print in the plate depressions. A soft, elastic pad then transfers the ink from the depressions onto the substrate.


The areas of application for pad printing are so extensive that dozens of pad printed articles are encountered every day in the form of commercial items such as glasses, safety hats, golf balls, pens, toys, medical/healthcare, sporting goods as well as housings, switches, keys, knobs and buttons in the automotive, electronics and telecommunications industries.

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Artwork Specifications

  • All artwork must be supplied as a 300dpi vector file PDF or Illustrator 10 with all fonts converted to curves/outlines
All artwork must be supplied as a 300dpi vector file PDF or Illustrator 10 with all fonts converted to curves/outlines
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Pad Printing Art Service

  • Our Art Department is equipped to process all your pre-press needs for pad printing
Our Art Department is equipped to process all your pre-press needs for pad printing