New Digital Textile Printing Studio Opens
13 Dec 2008
UCARE students Madison Simmons (l.) and Cassidy Dansberry (r.) working on the Mimaki digital textile printer in the new Digital Textile Printing Studio
After nearly five years in a space less than 75 feet square, TCD's digital textile printer and related equipment have been relocated to new quarters in Room 227, the former storage center for the historic textile collection. As the historic textile and historic costume collections are moved to what was once the International Quilt Study Center storage facility, space in the department is being released for other uses, and we'll continue to report on these as the various projects are finished up.
The new space for the printer operation, nearly 275 square feet, has an integral humidifying system that maintains an optimum temperature of 71 degrees and a humidity level of 55%, ideal for best printer performance. In addition, the Jacquard steamer is now in closer proximity to the printer, and its move means that sessions with the digital printer will no longer mean distractions or interruptions in the classes that were often ongoing where the printer was previously located. The addition of a window to the studio door also means that visitors to the department will be able to more easily observe the printer in action.
Hats off to office staff and to the various Facilities and Building employees who've worked over the last couple of months to help get everything renovated and operational!
Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design