The Centre for Fine Print Research invites you to plore their research labs, find out about some of their research projects and take part in free workshops.
Marvel at demonstrations including:
3D printing with our robotic arm
A tentacle - like 'smart puppet' made with smart materials and with flex sensor controller
A prototype small robot that can draw and paint with inhuman speed.
Meet some of researchers and PhD students and find out about projects including:
A project to investigate methods for the fabrication of bespoke, patient specific support pads in auxetic foams which will provide improved fit and load distribution for patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis
A 3D print process based upon historic Egyptian Faience techniques.
2.5D Vector Driven printing - beginning with a re-appraisal of the 19th century continuous tone printing technologies that influenced the development of colour imaging for the inkjet printing industry, our researchers are investigating moving beyond the ubiquitous flat inkjet surface to more dynamic textures and surface effects.
The other way to print into glass
Shape and print into glass with normal household items at room temperature. This method has its origins in 3D printing but instead of using a 3D printer explore digital methods by creating printing plates with a laser cutter or a CNC mill to print into a glass dough. Finished artwork will be fired in a kiln and turned into solid glass. Suitable for all ages and all the ingredients are harmless. The whole process is very tactile and leads to great results for even the most inexperienced participants. The fired items will be posted to participants the following week.
Cyanotype printing (aka Blueprints)
Cyanotype is photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process uses two chemicals: ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide and works by placing objects directly onto coated paper and allowing the action of light to create a silhouette effect then developing the print.
From CMYK to RGB - Saturday 28 October 2017 only from 11:00 - 14:00 - places are limited to 20 maximum
For over a century, commercial printers and artists have sought to colour separate pictures using half toning methods and process colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to reproduce full colour prints. New developments in inks and pigments have turned this idea around and we can now print on black paper using red, green and blue inks. This may well sound impossible, but the results are remarkable. We will run a one day workshop on how to print with RGB pigments. If you don't want to take part in the workshop you are welcome to watch the demonstration.
Please book in advance by emailing email@example.com – tell us which day(s) you wish to attend and whether or not you wish to attend any of the workshops.
Workshops are suitable for ages 10+. Please note children must be accompanied at all times when visiting us.
Make:Shift:Do is a nationwide programme of craft and innovation workshops taking place on 27 and 28 October 2017