Imprint Lab
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Imprint Lab and Digital Print Bureau

Our Digital Print Bureau offers affordable and quick print services for all our students who are looking for anything from large-format or solvent printing, to photo printing, scanning or vinyl cutting, and a wide range of finishing services.

Imprint Lab

The Imprint Lab is the only 2D printing and mark-making workshop in the South West to offer modern processes such as screen printing alongside traditional printmaking processes, in addition to typesetting and bookmaking in one facility. It is also the only open-access facility with an automatic proofing press, with only four of this particular press in the UK.

The Imprint Lab offers a broad range of printmaking techniques, including etching, collagraph, lino, letterpress, mono print, engraving, intaglio, lithograph up to A0, and bookbinding. You have access to multiple presses, including a large Rochart Aquatint press, a Hunter Penrose printing machine, an A2 Columbian press and two large Star presses.

We also work in ongoing collaboration with our Digital Fabrication Lab, utilising their equipment for the digital cutting and milling of printable blocks and plates.

“The Imprint Lab is set up to facilitate cross-disciplinary art practice, with specialist staff continuing to develop and adapt the workshop in light of new developments in the field of printmaking.”
— Norman Buchan, Technical Resource Manager, Imprint Lab

DIgital Print Bureau

The Digital Print Bureau offers professional and quick print services to all staff and students, including wide-format or solvent printing, photo printing, vinyl cutting and finishing. All the services offered by the Digital Print Bureau are competitively priced, and in some instances free to use as long as you have undertaken an induction for the equipment.

Our range of industry-standard printers include a 42-inch sublimation printer, a Mimaki fabric printer, and a solvent printer, and we can print and process a range of media, such as acetate, wallpaper, PVC banners, silk and cotton. With wide format printers that allow you to create prints up to 42 inches wide, the only size limitation is the roll length (25 metres to 30 metres).

The Digital Print Bureau is staffed by a team of knowledgeable and experienced technicians with backgrounds in creative and photographic practice. They can help you to achieve highly professional results across all kinds of printing, print finishing, and mounting.

Additional services include sublimation printing for digital transfers, a Dry Lab photo printer for instant photo prints, Risograph printing, xerox facilities, and a digital plotter to cut vinyl stickers. A suite of professional print finishing equipment also allows you to scan, bind and laminate, and there is a large, fully equipped area for trimming and cutting prints.

You can find the Digital Print Bureau in our Charles Cross building, on the first floor next to the Textiles studio (directly above our Fab Lab).

Services and facilities offered by the Digital Print Bureau include: