By Melissa Donovan
Part 4 of 4
A variety of applications were represented in this year’s Application of the Year awards. To round out 2016, we profile Mister Print Productions of Saskatoon, SK, Canada. The print service provider (PSP) created a table for repeat client LB Distillers located in the middle of Canada. A micro-distillery, LB Distillers handcrafts spirits and liqueurs in very small batches and only distills about 250 liters at a time.
Mister Print is actually a division of PrintWest, it was acquired in 1997. Out of the Mister Print location, 24 employees work in about 13,000 square feet of space. The commercial printer offers sheet fed up to 28×40 inches and wide format up to 96×48 inches.
LB Distillers traditionally has worked with the PSP in the past ordering posters, signage, and banners. The project that won honorable mention for Digital Output’s Application of the Year awards was developed as a prototype to thank LB Distillers for their hospitality in hosting a retirement party for one of Mister Print’s sales representatives.
Looking to create something worthy of a thank you, the team at Mister Print worked together to create a one-of-a-kind table. “In our thinking, anyone can do a straight cut table, but a round table with curved inserts would be a challenge and have an awesome visual with four different product images popping out into the room,” explains Murray Timm, operations manager, Mister Print.
Images were chosen based on previous graphics from LB Distillers that were used in prints and large posters. It was decided these would be backlit inserts to really make the table standout. Pieces of lexan were used and the images directly printed on them using an Acuity UV wide format printer from Fujifilm North America Corporation. A double hit of white ink provided the necessary pop for the backlits.
According to Timm, the most difficult part of the entire project was properly sizing the lexan pieces and then flexing them into the grooves on the cedar frame that made up a large portion of the table.
From the original idea to build the table to final completion—this includes numerous test designs—the project took a total of 50 hours.
LB Distillers was thrilled with the final outcome and placed the table in their tasting room. Timm believes the combination of a rustic handcrafted table and the lexan-based images—which showcase the intuitiveness of the Fujifilm Acuity printer—are what make this project a candidate for the 2016 Application of the Year awards.
Do you want be part of Digital Output’s Application of the Year awards? Keep an eye out for emails requesting participation in May of 2017.
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