California Polytechnic Institute’s Graphic Communication Department has received a Hewlett-Packard Indigo 3050 variable data digital printing press. The equipment, valued at approximately $350,000, is capable of seven-color printing on a wide variety of substrates at high speeds.
“Students will learn about the HP Indigo press’s capabilities, applications and variable data functions, preparing them well for leadership positions in industry,” says Harvey Levenson, head of Cal Poly’s Graphic Communication Department, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA.
The equipment will also give the Cal Poly Graphic Communication Department leverage in performing research, testing, product evaluations, and conducting educational seminars and workshops for people in the industry. In addition, HP has been invited to perform its own testing on the press within the university’s lab environment.
Graphic Communication Professor Penny Bennett, who specializes in digital printing, says, “The HP press will be instrumental in teaching the values of variable data printing, an area that is expected to continue to grow as traditional commercial offset printing declines in the United States.”
Additional industry supporters of digital printing systems at Cal Poly include Xeikon, Xerox, Heidelberg, Epson, Kodak, and Fuji.