The UK’s first RISO A2 Digital Duplicator has been installed on the Kingston University campus by managed print services provider Midshire, where it is being used by students of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture to experiment with different printing techniques.
Midshire claims that RISO digital duplicators have become increasingly popular with art departments. Their eco-friendly, soy-based, translucent ink enables users to pass the same sheet of paper through the duplicator numerous times. Adding layers to their artwork in this way produces a much broader palette of colours than the 21 inks available. No pre-press preparation is required, so students can begin work straight away, and no cleaning is needed afterwards.
Ioannis Belimpasakis, Kingston University’s Printmaking & Interim Letterpress and Bookarts Workshop Manager, said: “The RISO A2 Digital Duplicator has challenged our way of thinking and our production processes. It’s not just a printer, but a tool to be creative, as it shares the same principles as traditional screen-printing. Its low running cost is very encouraging, and at 100 sheets per minute its speed is unparalleled.”
Since receiving the RISO A2 Digital Duplicator, over 1,000 projects have been printed on the device, including artistic publications, catalogues, concertinas, posters and leaflets.