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The Digital Print and Laser Cutting CPD

Continuing Professional Development

Date:21st & 22nd June 2010
Venue: CFPR, UWE Bristol
Instructors: Paul Laidler and Tom Sowden


The Digital Print and Laser Cutting CPD provided a two-day workshop that focused upon the integration of ink jet and laser cutting within the sphere of printmaking. The workshop included digital file preparation using both bitmap and vector based imagery, substrate considerations and the rendering potential of digital files using for inkjet and laser cutting technology.

During the first day participants were introduced to the facilities and shown a range of examples from previous CFPR laser cutting and ink jet print related projects . A series of technical demonstrations were presented followed by a discussion period enabling each participant to present a project for the remainder of the course. The second day functioned as an open workshop allowing the group to work on individual tasks with technical guidance from the workshop demonstrators.


In this instance the participants used a mixture of the processes available within the course. One participant wanted to experiment with digitally integrating hand written text within the surface of an inkjet printed image. Another participant was interested in vector files and laser cutting as an alternative to constructing and cutting roses lutes for musical instruments.


Particpant comments from the day:

The teaching and the facilities are unique. Coming on this course made me aware of other courses that I am going to attend.
The facility distinguishes this department and the University from other institutes – visionary!


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