In the Inkjet Research Facility clients, artists and researchers digitally scan a wide variety of materials and print on a wide variety of substrates, from small to large scale. Unlike high volume, quick turnaround, commercial bureaus, or small-scale businesses, in the IRF clients and researchers collaborate with experts on a flexible range of options which allows them hands-on creative control over the process and the ability to develop new ways of realizing their vision.
Agfa Anapurna M2540 UV cured inkjet printer
Prints on a wide variety of substrates such a paper, canvas, wood, metal, plastic, glass, concrete and textiles. Substrates may have a wide variety of colours from light to dark, and a wide variety of textures from glossy to porous. Prints from a few centimetres up to a scale of 1.5 metres by 2.45 metres, and on objects up to 4 cm thick.
Prints high quality photographs in twelve-colour archival pigment with extended colour control up to a width of 1.52 metres.
Prints fine-art black and white photographs with extended tonal graduation up to a width of 1.12 metres.
Hassleblad Flextight X-1 drum scanner
Scans small, medium and large format negatives and transparencies at the extremely high resolution of 6300ppi
Creo IQ Smart scanner
Scans reflective media as well as negatives and transparencies up to A3 size at 2540ppi.
Spectrophotometer X-Rite i1Pro
Determines accurate colour profiling on a wide range of media.
Agfa papers in gloss, semi-gloss, and matte, as well as Inova heavy weight fine art paper
Canberra Museum & Art Gallery, Drill Hall Gallery; as well as artists such as Richard Larter, Michael Callaghan, Mike Parr, Robert Boynes, Gary Smith, Marzena Wasikowska, Lee Grant, Peter Maloney, Martyn Jolly and others.
Quotes will be provided on request, please use the following as a guide.
UV cured printing (own substrate provided):
Due to setup times there is an $80 minimum charge for printing, first test printing on a sample of the substrate is free, however additional tests may incur a charge at the lab's discretion
Additional Labour: Above reasonable table setup: $20 per 15 minute increments.
Pricing is per square meter of media not ink coverage
$125 CYMK (colours only) $150( CYMKW )per square metre with white ink + $15 per additional layer (double ink Cymk and/or double ink white)
For example Mosaic printing/ on printer compositing or multiple passes using modified files, UV dry delay, wet ink modification, complicated image making and unusual shapes: Price on application.
The School of Art also has water cutters, CNC routers, 3d Printing, laser spot welders, traditional print making technologies, canvas stretching and framing.
We also collaborate with our colleagues in the ANU's Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Engineering and IT research groups for advice and manufacture.
Roll paper printing (our stock, includes test strip):
Our stocked heavy weight rag paper:
100% cotton rag, Very smooth surface No optical brighteners High color consistency and gamut Water resistance
432mm (17"), 610mm (24") and 1120mm (44" rolls)
Our choice for semi gloss:
Hahnemühle FineArt Baryta 315 gsm · 100% Cotton · white high-gloss
432mm (17"), 610mm (24") and 1120mm (44" rolls)
We do offer other papers as suits projects, typically in the Hahnemühle, Ilford and Awagami lines.
External client Indicitive price: $180 per Linear meter on 1120mm wide semi gloss stock, $230 per linear meter on 300 gsm Matt stock.
ANU researcher/staff/student get a !0% discount on all services
Expert Support $50/hour for initial set-up, assisted experimentation, print supervision, or instruction
Due to the variety of film and paper substrates possible, Please contact the lab for further information. However you can hire the X1 scanner at an hourly rate after induction and training which during 10AM- 3PM
Expert Support for printing/scanning: $50 Base charge for assisted experimentation, print supervision or instruction
Expert Support $140/hour
Generally our clients supply artwork on a USB stick as a .TIF or PDF file with the Adobe RGB colour space at size.
We is advise clients to bring with you any source files such as .psd files to assist the testing process.
For further details read below.
When submitting files to the Inkjet Lab, clients can supply artwork on DVD/CD disks, USB memory drives (also called flashdrives, sticks), portable hard drives and file sharing services such as dropbox to the firstname.lastname@example.org . Collection of media is the clients responsibility.
We advise clients to embed the Adobe RGB or Adobe ProPhoto colour spaces.
All our devices have a potential to exceed the most common space, sRGB. So to gain as much as possible out of the service, change as early as possible in the artwork generation.
Our preferred file format is .tif files for image files up to 4 gigabytes.
- Flatten all layers before saving.
- Check the IBM/PC option
- Use LZW comprehension if file size is an issue.
You can also supply us Raw image formats such as DNG or .cr2 or .nef as long as it is supplied with its data file. We also accept other common formats such as .jpgs but we do not do any artifact removal unless it is at the photoshopping rate.
Please inform us of any commercial in confidence or other privacy concerns.
You can take any tests/proofs from us or we can destroy them for you, We can provide evidence of destruction of your tests/proof prints if you so request.
Weekdays: 11:30am to 12:30pm.
Before the work is collected payments are made electronically through the Australian National University, School of Art website’s external payments link.