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Green with a Touch of Glass

New Vista Image outputs design onto eight 4 x 8-foot glass panels.




The Client: Bio-Logical Capital, Denver

The Player: New Vista Image, Golden, Colorado

Tools & Supplies: HP Scitex VeeJet (FB6300), HP inks, Onyx ProductionHouse RIP

The Job:  After showcasing its flatbed printing capabilities to ShearsAdkins, a Denver-based architectural firm, New Vista Imaging was chosen for a job on the firm’s project list. The project was a new office space for Bio-Logical Capital, a “green” real-estate firm in Denver that plans, develops, and manages land. The task for New Vista: Output a design onto the panels of Bio-Logical’s glass-enclosed conference room, consisting of eight 4 x 8-foot glass panels (each a half-inch thick) and two doors.

Production: For the panel image, Bio-Logical selected an image of a corotu tree captured by National Geographic photographer Christian Ziegler using a Canon EOS 1Ds digital SLR (the tree is actually on the property of Bio-Logical founder Chip Isenhart, in Panama). New Vista took it from there, prepping the image for output: “Our creative director stitched together three separate images of the tree, retouched the seams, and color corrected each image for consistency and exposure across the entire panorama,” says Ann Brown, co-founder of New Vista.

The shop then used its HP Scitex VeeJet flatbed (now FB6300), UV inks, and Onyx ProductionHouse RIP to output the image onto the more than 320 square feet of glass. “We did a double pass of ink to get the right amount of color density, yet still preserve the transparency of the glass,” Brown says. Total print time was three days.


The glass panels required some special considerations. “Our printers and handlers wore gloves at all times and cleaned the glass thoroughly before printing,” Brown says. “The glass was checked when it arrived for any defects or scratches, and we had the installation team sign a release that there was no damage when the panels left our shop.”

Overall, Brown was pleased with the job, although, “If we had the job to do over, we would have requested that the glass not have beveled edges, because the ink spray on the edges is not the same as the surface.”

A two-person team from Patriot Glass in Denver completed the two-day install.






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