Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Professor Stephen Hoskins

Current Research

“Solid Free-form Fabrication in Fired Ceramic as a Design Aid for Concept Modelling the Ceramic Industry"

Awarding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council
awarded to:
Hoskins, Stephen
researcher participants:
Huson, David and Walters, Peter
project partner:
Denby Pottery
image (right):
Prototype design for 3D object, Peter Walters
Project duration: 31/03/2011 - 30/03/2012

Project details:
During the AHRC funded three-year research project ‘The Fabrication of Three Dimensional Art and Craft Artefacts through Virtual Digital Construction and Output’ the investigators Huson and Hoskins developed a patented ceramic material. Whilst there are several research groups working internationally in this field, the CFPR team are currently at the forefront of these developments with a method which uses 3D computer aided design (3D CAD) software to design an object on a computer and print a model directly in a ceramic material to be subsequently fired, glazed and decorated.

The primary aim of new project is to prove the commercial viability of 3D printed ceramic bodies as a design tool for concept modelling of tableware and whiteware for the ceramic industry. A further aim is to investigate ceramic firing supports and their advantages in the production of one-off ceramic design concept models. Using a support, a ceramic 3D printed object can be created and fired without losing its shape in the firing. The ability to print directly in a compatible ceramic material that can be glazed and decorated would be a quantum leap in this process.

KTP scheme: between Renishaw Plc and the CFPR at UWE

awarding body: Technology strategy board and AHRC
awarded to:
Carinna Parraman and Stephen Hoskins
researcher participants:
To be appointed
project duration:
2011 -2013

Project details:
This project, led by Dr Carinna Parraman and Professor Stephen Hoskins, aims to enhance the Additive Layer Manufacturing capability of Renishaw, improving in-house utilisation and developing innovative new machines and processes, through embedding print related technology and arts expertise, and is funded jointly between the Technology Strategy Board and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Title: Proof of Concept for 3D Ceramic Printing

Funding: UWE/SouthWest Regional Development Agency/HEIF
Awarded to: Hoskins, Stephen and Huson, David
Project duration: 2010-11

Project details:

Dave Huson and Steve Hoskins have invented a composition and method which enables the 3D printing of ceramic artefacts. The new process is not only within the specific requirements of the industry but can achieve the creation of artefacts previously impossible to achieve in ceramics. In addition, by using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technologies, the shape of a hand-made model or maquette can be captured and digitally developed, so that the artist’s unique creative touch and craft skill can still be included in the process of production. This project will allow further development of the ceramic body composition to improve the technology and make it more attractive to commercial end-users.
Advantages of the method:
· Enables us to make ceramic forms which we are not able to make using any other techniques.
· Quicker - currently there is a long process using several stages of moulds to get a consistent form for a ceramic shape, especially attractive for production of bespoke artefacts.
· by using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technologies, the shape of a hand-made model or maquette can be captured and digitally developed, so that the artist’s unique creative touch and craft skill can still be included in the process of production.
· This new process allows the artist to develop the object digitally on screen and then produce the finished work directly in “real” ceramic materials

“Sustainability seeks Equilibrium: What does it mean to printmakers?

In partnership with Professor Jon Risseeuw of Arizona state University, I am currently undertaking a major world-wide research survey on sustainability in print studios and the wider print industry – an antidote to some of the myths of health and safety in printmaking.

We believe that in recent years no-one else has undertaken a study of this kind and would really appreciate your views.   The results of the survey were presented as part of the results of our wider project “Sustainability seeks Equilibrium: What does it mean to printmakers?” at the 2011 Southern Graphics Council Conference, USA

Author/Co Author: Hoskins, S and Risseeuw, John
Name of conference: Southern Graphics Council Conference
Place: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, University of Washington, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Date: March 16-19 2011
Paper Presented by: John Risseeuw & Stephen Hoskins
URL Links: http://sgci2011.samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4849

Stephen Hoskins and John Risseeuw examine current theories and issues of sustainability as they relate to printmaking and print media. In a study completed at the University of the West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR) in 2008, they investigated the literature and current thinking in sustainability, looking for applications of theory and practice that printmakers might consider for their practice.

An online survey was recently taken of print studios, commercial print works, publishers, ink manufacturers, educational print shops, and other large graphic entities regarding sustainability practices and issues. This presentation will include basic definitions of sustainability, the results of the poll, and suggestions for future printmakers. In addition, the panel will include experienced specialists from the graphic industries offering perspectives of interest to artist-printmakers. The panel will encourage printmakers to reconsider "toxic" and "non-toxic" biases, the contents of their inks, and sources of paper. The result will be a raised consciousness of sustainability and a series of questions to be undertaken in further research.


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KTP between Dycem Ltd and the Centre for Fine Print Research at UWE

Awarding body: Technology Strategy Board
Awarded to: Stephen Hoskins
supervisor: Paul Laidler
Researcher participants: Lee Hamilton
Project duration: 2010-2012

Project details:
The project aims to develop and enhance a new decontamination flooring range that has the capacity for incorporating digitally printed logos and signage into the company’s production to facilitate growth and entry into new markets -to find ways of printing customer logos, patterns, or advertising and marketing messages on the flooring. This partnership will enable the company to create a premium product for new and existing customers. Part of the project is to build a dedicated, in-house design and print facility to enable on-demand print manufacturing.

The printed flooring will be an eye-catching and innovative promotional tool for our customers to communicate marketing messages and will increase our profitability. This new KTP is directly linked to CFPR's knowledge on inks and wide-format printing, and is a great opportunity to extend this experience for use on different substrates such as specialist flooring and textiles. The project is a great example of applying design knowledge in an industrial setting.

Grant title: Hewlett Packard Chair of fine Print

Awarding body: Hewlett Packard
Awarded to: Stephen Hoskins
Project duration: 12.2009 - 12. 2014

Project details:
World leading technology company Hewlett Packard has renewed its commitment to research at the University of the West of England by appointing Stephen Hoskins as Hewlett Packard Professor of Fine Print for a second five year term ( £8,000 funding awarded on an annual basis for 5 years)
Professor Stephen Hoskins was first awarded the HP Chair of Fine Print in 2003.

This high-profile position is a direct result of the impact Professor Hoskins and his team have had through collaborations with HP relating to both technical and artistic issues. The work is carried out globally, working mostly with HP printing divisions in Barcelona, Spain, San Diego in the USA and the internationally-renowned HP Labs in Bristol.

Grant title: AHRC large grant: for 3d inkjet rapid prototyping of ceramic artefacts

Awarding body: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Awarded to: Stephen Hoskins
Researcher participants: David Huson, Dr Paul Thirkell
Project duration: 01.2007-12.2009

Project details:
In 3D printing, computer-controlled machines “build” physical objects from 3D virtual models, created using computer-aided design software. Using these technologies it is possible to construct complex physical objects which would be difficult or impossible to create by any other means. Research explores novel uses for 3D printing in areas outside the industrial applications for which the technologies were developed. By identifying innovative applications for 3D printing technologies, the Centre for Fine Print Research is opening up new possibilities for creative practitioners across the art and design disciplines.

Grant title: KTP Scheme: in association with Ringway Signs Weston Super Mare

Awarding body: Knowlege Transfer Partnership - Technology Strategy Board
Awarded to: Stephen Hoskins
Researcher participants: Robert Kettel, Peter Macallion, Dr Paul Thirkell, Carinna Parraman
Project duration:12.2006-6.2009

Project details:
The University of the West of England’s expertise in large-scale digital printing led to Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with West Country vehicle graphics and road-sign manufacturer Ringway Signs.
The company, based in Weston-super-Mare, has worked on prestigious signage projects from the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to the Commonwealth Games. They also design and produce graphics for public service vehicles such as police cars and ambulances.
UWE’s Centre for Fine Print Research has a long history of developing digital print wide-format applications. This new partnership will help the company speed up the production of graphics for 3D objects such as vehicles, and produce road signs that can cope even better with harsh exterior conditions. Stephen Hoskins worked with Rob Kettell, Graphic Design, in aspects of this KTP.

The development of a specialist canvas for artists

Project Manager: Dr Carinna Parraman, Prof. Steve Hoskins
Researcher participants: Paul Laidler
Project duration: Ongoing

Project details:
In consultation with the Getty, Tate, British artist Richard Hamilton, and the CFPR, Hewlett Packard have developed a new inkjet canvas that is specially designed for the fine artist. A high quality linen was chosen as the substrate, and which, presents a particular surface quality, not as yet achieved for the average canvas for inkjet. The conservation departments at Tate and Getty have been consulted as to suitable coatings for linen, and tests were undertaken on the coating and linen combination for its archival properties to ensure longevity, appropriate surface qualities and colour reproduction.