Designing a light booth for manual colour inspection of elevated prints was an assignment I received during my internships at Arius Technology in Vancouver.
Engineering undergraduate students at the University of Victoria are required to complete four three-month co-op internships. I had the luck of being able to complete two of my four co-op worker terms at Arius Technology, which at the time was a young tech startup in the art industry. Today, the company remains focused on art creation, preservation, and distribution. Its art replication and creation products and services focus on using a three-dimensional colour scanner that they originally developed for forensic analysis of the Mona Lisa. Accurately reproducing fine artwork is not as simple as scanning and printing it. There is a lot of research and design that went into the company’s scanner and the entire process they use to reproduce and create fine artwork.
Colour-managed workflows are commonplace in the printing industry. However, the combination of colour and three-dimensionality presents some unique challenges for the visual inspection stage of the process. Designing a neutral, uniform light environment for this process at Arius required that I research international standards, learn about light and optics, and employ my full knowledge of the engineering design process to create an appropriate solution which I then presented to the engineering team. After several revisions, the light booth was built within the required budget and has been serving the company well.
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