This semester Ethics Lab has made investments in new printing equipment to support the growing array of projects under incubation. All of the printing we do requires pre-production and finishing. Cutting, trimming, scoring, folding, binding, gluing, punching, laminating, coating, etc. On top of this, we do a lot of paper craft outside of printing—bindery, packaging design and construction, prototyping, modeling, and more. We had some professional tools and equipment for this, but with these additional purchases, we are now close to a professional print shop setup, which is saving a huge amount of faculty and student time and energy. We focused our expansion on four areas detailed below:
1. Inkjet printing setup.
Key purchase: Epson SureColor P800 Inkjet Printer
Features: borderless printing on a variety of media up to 17″ wide; ability to print using a roll for long posters; flat print path allows for printing on thick media
2. Laser printing setup.
Key purchase: OKI C931e
Features: ability to print in bulk on a variety of media (e.g. waterproof paper) and in a variety of sizes at a much lower ink-to-copy cost than was previously available
3. Printing pre-production and finishing.
Key purchase: Triumph 4305 Manual Paper Cutter
Features: professional grade paper trimming with capacity to cut up to 250 sheets simultaneously and with extreme precision
4. Paper and media storage.
Key purchase: lots and lots of Really Useful Boxes
Features: easily stacked and stored on our wire shelving; heavy duty plastic holds heavy paper stock; multiple sizes mean our plethora of supplies each has a right-sized home