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The Australian National University

Inkjet Research Facility

Inspecting a print
David Prepares a Print
Czech Project, Peter Fitzpatrick, 2010


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.

Canon ipf9400

Prints high quality photographs in twelve-colour archival pigment with extended colour control up to a width of 1.52 metres.

Epson 9880

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.

Paper stock

Agfa papers in gloss, semi-gloss, and matte, as well as Inova heavy weight fine art paper

Past Clients

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.

Pricing Guide

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)


Interesting Projects:

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:

Ilfords Prestige Smooth Cotton Rag

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

Photoshopping/file preparation

Expert Support $140/hour


File requirements

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 .  Collection of media is the clients responsibility.

Colour Space

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.

File Formats

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.

Image ownership

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.


Consultation hours

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.


Photograph and Media Arts, first floor, ANU School of Art

Consultation/file drop-off hours: 11:30 –to 12:30 weekdays

Email Contact:

Phone: +61 2 6125 1099

Updated: 26 October 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Head of Office / Page Contact:  Web Publisher