JETRIX KX3 installed at community digital studio
A community fabrication studio in Aberdeen run by Robert Gordon University (RGU) has added a unique print machine to its range of scanning, printing and photocopying technology.
The JETRIX KX3 is the latest addition to the studio, enhancing its printing facilities with a cutting edge machine which prints on a range of surfaces including glass, metal, plastic and fabric.
Supported by Aberdeen City Council, Creative Scotland and the UK Government Super Connected Cities programme, MAKE Aberdeen aims to make high end digital design, digital making and digital experience accessible to anyone who wants to make their ideas a reality, with members of the public able to utilise the facility for their creative work.
Open to both students and members of the public, MAKE Aberdeen provides the community with the latest cutting edge technology including 3D printing, 3D scanning, rapid prototyping, laser cutting and wide format digital printing equipment, offering a reduced production time for a production ready design at a fraction of the cost.
Phil Chaplain, Chief Technological Officer at RGU, says: “We are delighted to be able to enhance our printing capabilities with the JETRIX KX3, which is the only accessible technology of its kind in Scotland. Rather than making this a facility for just students, we were keen to break down any community barriers and offer this environment to a far wider audience. MAKE Aberdeen offers us an opportunity to collaborate with private individuals, north-east businesses and organisations that have a great idea or small business they want to develop.”
The JETRIX KX3 was carefully chosen to suit the environment and size of the space available in the city centre venue. It’s simple to use interface was an added benefit, while offering intelligent same time 2 & 3 layer printing and the ability to add a spot UV varnish.
Assured quality from the 6 picoliter head nozzles means razor sharp edge-to-edge prints are easily achieved, plus it can print on a wide diversity of media including glass, metal, plastic, wood, fabric, cardboard, ceramic and paper.
The greatest difficulty was getting this robust 1,220 x 1,220mm stationary flatbed installed, as the city location meant there was the added complication of having to remove a 2 x 3m pane of glass in order to get it in. But the promise of what this community engaged printing project is hoping to achieve meant it was worth it.
As Ben Woodruff, Head of National Sales at InkTec, highlights; “For JETRIX, we are particularly proud of this project. It has a local community spirit about encouraging innovation and being able to explore ideas, while also potentially encouraging more people into the printing sector. It is also one of our first printers to be installed in an educational establishment, which demonstrates the quality and versatility of what the JETRIX KX3 can produce and makes it a perfect piece of kit for this fantastic venture.”