The newly renovated printmaking facilities at Colorado State University are exceptional. Our communal print shop houses professional state of the art equipment focusing on a wide range of traditional, contemporary and post-digital printmaking practices. A detailed description of specific equipment is listed below:
Colorado State University’s 4,300 square foot printmaking studio has excellent ventilation and air conditioning throughout the entire shop with focused ventilation behind all acid bathes, solvent areas, and hot plates. There is ample space for each student to have a private locker, plate storage rack, large flat file access and a comfortable working environment. A large retractable screen and digital projector are suspended from the ceiling for referencing new artists online or for historical demonstrations as well as an excellent surround sound system for music during studio work.
*One large Takach etching press (39.5” x 72” press bed)
*Two medium Brand etching presses (30” x 50” press bed)
*One medium Kimber etching press (28” x 48” press bed)
*Four Etching bathes with stainless steel washout stations in an isolated room: two horizontal nitric bathes for zinc at 33” x 42” and two vertical Z-Acryl ferric chloride bathes for copper which can accommodate up to four copper plates at 18” x 24”
* Indoor Rosin aquatint box and outdoor courtyard for spray-paint techniques.
*Four Large hotplates (28” x 36” surface)
*Three Large stainless steel sinks (36” x 48”) in the main room for paper soaking.
*One large Takach lithography press (39.5” x 72” press bed)
*One large Griffin lithography press (39.5” x 72” press bed)
*Two medium Takach lithography presses (33.5” x 60” press bed)
*An expansive collection of over 140 soft yellow and hard gray lithographic stones ranging in size from small, to medium to large.
*Movable hanging power outlets are conveniently located above all six large wooden workstations for those interested in Dremel work inside the shop.
*There is a semi-private courtyard and garden just outside the shop for larger woodblock work and traditional hand printing practices.
* CNC milling machines and laser cutters are available in the Fab Lab down the hall from the print studio for post-digital applications (see below)
*There is a darkroom area with its own stainless steel sink and controlled lighting attached to the communal print shop facilities for both Photolithography and Photo-Intaglio processes (a NuArc exposure unit is primarily what is used).
*Three state of the art computer labs are located just down the hall.
*Two CNC router milling machines (accessible in the Fab Lab)
*Two Laser cutters (accessible in the Fab Lab)