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An Illustrator gets creative at Hybrid Services

An Illustrator gets creative at Hybrid Services

An Illustrator and the leader of the University of Huddersfield’s Graphic Design Course, Brent Hardy-Smith has a raft of Mimaki technology to call upon when he needs to help students to realise their creative concepts through the medium of print.

A devoted fan of the brand’s LED UV technology, he uses the university’s Mimaki UJF-3042 A3 flatbed printer to demonstrate everything from core colour principles, right through to assisting students with competition entries, portfolio pieces and the artistic work that helps them to expand their creative boundaries.

Keen to trial Mimaki’s latest 2.5D printing capabilities, Hardy-Smith visited Mimaki’s UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services for a workshop session with the company’s showroom technician, Ashley Carr.

He explained; “The opportunity to put the new JFX200-2513EX through its paces was too good to miss! I’d always wanted to see how my designs worked at a larger scale, so having an 8’ x 4’ flatbed to play with allowed me to think bigger than ever before.”

Featuring fine details, splashes of highlight colour, and intricate patterns, Hardy-Smith’s designs offer the ideal test bed for Mimaki’s clear ink and complex textures,

He continued: “We used a range of substrates, from metallic vinyl to clear sheets of acrylic to test the new 2.5D feature and found the software made it easy to build up multiple layers to create really interesting textures.”

Commenting on the visit: Brett Newman, Hybrid’s Chief Operations Manager said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Brent to our showroom and to see how formidable a creative tool the new the JFX is. “Ash’s ability to get the most out of the machine, combined with Brent’s stunning artwork delivered some spectacular results.”

The new Mimaki JFX200-2513EX is a powerful addition to the market leading JFX200 Series, offering new workflow and performance benefits in the popular 8’x 4’ bed size. With increased speed when printing with white ink and new creative tools, such as the 2.5D print workflow for creating complex textures that make use of Mimaki’s clear ink, the ‘EX’ model is the most adept flatbed in its class.

The University of Huddersfield’s art, design and architecture faculty has recently moved to the striking new £30million Barbara Hepworth building on its Western Campus, with a suite of Mimaki UV and textile printers that serve students taking a range of courses.

Hardy-Smith concluded: “Being able to take print samples back to my students that further illustrated the power of print made the day especially fulfilling, for without great output, even the most imaginative designs are forever destined to stay in the software or on the sketchpad. However, during my day at Hybrid we combined design, technical know-how and cutting-edge print hardware to deliver some really memorable work.”

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