SAN LUIS OBISPO - Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department received two Kongsberg digital cutting tables from Esko Graphics, which will allow students to further explore finishing and packaging technologies both in the classroom and in graphic communication clubs. In addition to these two machines, Esko donated tooling for the two tables, training, software, installation and delivery. The approximate value of the Kongsberg configuration as equipped is $185,000.
The cutting tables, the Kongsberg XE and the Kongsberg X24, are able to accurately cut a variety of materials such as corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, wood and a variety of plastics from digital design documents. The Kongsberg XE table is designed for high-quality, fast, short-run production of folding cartons. The Kongsberg X24 table specializes in producing packaging, signs and displays; it also includes a designer PC table, monitor, mouse and keyboard.
“The addition of the X24 and Esko’s new software to the Graphic Communication Department allows designers and students who were previously limited to ink, paper and two-dimensions to work in new and exciting spaces,” said Robyn Burns, electro-mechanical technician in the Graphic Communication Department. “The ability to integrate structural design elements and new materials into projects allows students to create engaging signage, scenery, packaging and more. This gives students hands-on exposure to the many industries that design for a world of applications beyond the page.”
Graphic communication Professor Colleen Twomey is ecstatic about the opportunities that Esko’s donation brings to the students. “Our new Esko iCut allows us to cut materials like never before,” said Twomey. “Thin paper to thick plastic and foam core — not a problem for our iCut table! What Esko enables GrC to do is apply a hands-on experience with state-of-the-art software and hardware that allows students to create amazing work. What was once a 2D world is now a 3D interactive world!”
Esko produces packaging, printing and finishing software and hardware for the graphic arts industry. Esko Graphics Vice President of Partner Programs Larry Moore is a sitting member of the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Advisory Board. Moore said, “As a partner and supporter of Cal Poly, Esko is excited about the GrC program, and we are happy to know that this new technology will be responsible for advancing student education and research within our growing industry.”