Printmaking studio

The University of Waterloo has a well-equipped print studio in East Campus Hall (ECH) 1231, with facilities for silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, intaglio, relief and large format digital printing.  Please remember to review the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for printmaking equipment.

Recently, the University of Waterloo’s printmaking area implemented a series of methodologies that promote greener, safer, non-toxic studio habits for the print shop. Part of this endeavor included the Printmaker's Compendium. Created through the generous support of UW’s LITE Seed Grant program, this online resource includes more 50 how-to tutorials, as well as a student archive and printmaking tips and tricks.

Silkscreen

  • Metal halide screen exposure unit 33” x 40”
  • 2 screen printing vacuum tables 29” x 40”
  • 10 portable hinged screen tables 29” x 40”
  • 25 departmental screens with aluminum frames (20” x 24” and 25” x 36”)
  • squeegees various sizes
  • Speedball’s water-based screen printing ink
  • Dark room for coating and screen storage
  • Spray booth

Intaglio

  • Olite metal halide plate exposure unit 40” x 50”
  • Brown and Boggs 36” metal plate shear
  • Charles Brand intaglio/relief press 30” x 50” bed
  • Charles Brand intaglio/relief press 20” x 40” bed
  • Large intaglio/relief press 48” x 72” bed
  • Small intaglio/relief press 23” x 35”
  • Ferric chloride 20” x 24” vertical etching tank
  • Airbrush for aquatint application and aquatint screens for photo-based etching
  • Photopolymer film for intaglio plates
  • Water-based and oil-based intaglio inks
  • Variety of etching tools, rollers and brayers
  • Dark room for photo-based etching
  • Quincy 30GC Lab Oven for drying plates

Lithography

  • Charles Brand lithography press 24” x 40” bed
  • Assorted lithography stones
  • Oil based inks
  • Large rollers and brayers
  • Graining sink

Digital printmaking

  • Epson Stylus Pro 9880 (printer width 44”)
  • Mac Computer with updated Adobe Software
  • Epson Expression 11000XL Scanner  (12” x 17”)
  • Epilog Laser Mini (laser for cutting wood and paper)

Other

  • HP Laserjet 5000 printer to output film and run tests
  • Epson printer with an all black system and RIP software for outputting films for screen-printing
  • Xante Printer for polyester plate lithography
  • Paper drying rack
  • Mac computer for print studio with Adobe software
  • Large hot plate 24” x 36”
  • Light table 33” x 40”
  • Epson Perfection Flatbed Scanner (8.5” x 11”)
  • Large paper tray for soaking paper
  • Boards for flattening prints
  • Large flatbed files for storing paper