The Media Center in Beardsley 114 is an open technology facility for 3D printing, video/audio editing, digital media design, and scanning and printing support for faculty, staff and students.
Answers to Frequently Asked Media Center Questions.
Our Dimension U-Print SE Plus 3-dimensional printer supports models created for a variety of disciplines from Engineering of robot arms or windmill parts, to the instantiation of game characters (FMST) and fly behavior chambers and microscope parts (Biology). Faculty, staff and students create 3-dimensional models of the objects they need to create for academic purposes, then we transmit that data as a Stereo-Lithography (.STL) file to the printer, where it is created in one of several colors of ABS plastic. Many models require structural support during their "printing" and therefore need to spend some time in a highly basic wash station (located outside the Media Center) prior to completion, to remove that temporary support structure. Solidworks is the standard tool for creating these models, but potential builders can use any 3D modeling tool to which they have access, such as SketchUp, VectorWorks, etc. to create the requisite files. Faculty approval of the academic project is required for students wishing to print to this device.
Large Format & Color Printing
Faculty, staff and students can print one copy of their poster-sized content for academic purposes using our large format Epson that will handle content on 36 inch or 44 inch roll paper. [Our color laser printer will handle 8.5 x 11 inch (standard letter), 8.5x14 (legal) or 11x17 inch (tabloid) sizes.] For instructions on printing a poster from InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator, please see documents located in the media center's wall-mounted metal rack. To print a poster from Power Point, first save it as a PDF, then open it in Photoshop, and proceed by using the Photoshop printing inscructions.
Sample Adobe InDesign Poster Template for Sigma Xi (Thanks to Colin Purrington for some of the content reproduced in this template. See his web site at http://colinpurrington.com for more great detailed science poster tips!)
Our large format printer is an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 44" RGB Printer, with an 11 ink system that will handle a broad gamut of colors than older CMYK types and will print photo quality on matte (we supply) or photo paper (which you supply - Epson roll paper only!). It is a true RGB printer that uses the standard Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (K) plus Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black, Photo Black or Matte black (depending on your media) and then adds Orange and Green to flesh out the gamut.
We also support the Art Department printing on 16", 24", and 44" roll photo luster 260 paper. Photo printing is geared to the Art Department students faculty and staff and that department supplies the paper used for Photo classes and the departmental independent work of their students.
Our large format printer prints through a Fiery XF Raster Image Processor for outstanding color consistency and matching to what you see on screen. We color correct both the screens of the computers in the Media Center and each different media type with a spectrophotometer for the best possible match.
For single copies of standard or duplexed Letter (8.5x11), Legal (8.5x14) or Tabloid (11" x 17") color printing, we have a Canon ImageRunner Advance C5035. This printer uses a single-pass CMYK system. We don't allow private paper stock or transparencies in the Laser, since we've had too many problems with their printing. Those wishing to produce flyers or who need multiple copies should consult with Office Services or an external resource.
We support scanning of slides and flat media up to 12"x18" with Epson flat-bed scanners. We have a larger flat-bed scanner an Epson Expression 10000XL, which is capable of scanning transparancies, including slides and 35mm or medium format film. We also have two smaller Epson Perfection V500 flat-bed scanners, which are both capable of scanning transparencies, slides and 35mm film strips. For those needing a document feeder for their scans, our Canon ImageRunner doubles as a quality scanner that can scan, and send you a PDF of the scanned document via e-mail.
Our 35mm slide/film strip scanners include a Nikon SuperCoolScan 9000 medium format film scanner to handle the work of photography students. The Epson 10000XL and two V500's can handle slides reasonably well too, particularly the 10000XL in larger batches.
All of the Epson flatbed scanners can be driven by their native scanning software for quick scanning processes. For more professional results with all the scanners,, SilverFast Ai software can be used to improve scan quality. We also support optical character recognition (OCR) to turn images into editable text with Adobe Acrobat and the Scanners.
Software for Digital Media, Web and Document Layout
Media Center computers include the complete Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Premiere Pro, etc.), Microsoft Office, and the Macintosh OS X machines have the iLife and iWork suites installed as well as Quicktime Pro. The 64-bit Windows 7 workstations also support ArcGIS 10.2, as well as the Solidworks CAD software suite favored by Engineering. We've also installed AutoCAD on the Windows workstations here. We have 10 Wacom Bamboo Fun pen-tablets connected to most of the workstations of the main room to be available for digital illustration, along with an outstanding Wacom Cintiq 21x tablet/screen. A webcam, headsets, and USB mics are available as well.
The Media Center has professional-grade video editing stations. We have a set of four Windows systems with Quadra K4000 video cards, a new MacPro CPU with a solid state 1TB drive. We've transitioned to Adobe Premiere Pro as our Video Editing solution of choice, although we do still have Apple's Final Cut Pro 7 Suite and Final Cut Pro X installed on our Macintosh systems. All of our workstations each have their own headphone splitter-amplifiers for group work. We support a large data storage array for faculty sponsored video projects or for turning in class video assignments. This system allows the user to sit at any workstation and have access to the same files across the campus, no matter where they last worked. Our iMac machines also have legacy Final Cut Express, and iMovie for those who don't need the full bore video editing suites.
Resources and Support
The Media Center Coordinator is available from Noon-8pm Monday-Thursday, and Noon-5pm Friday. Our Student Consultants are available to support work in the Media Center - Sunday 1pm-1am, Monday-Thursday, 5:00PM-1:00AM, Friday 5-7pm and Saturday 1-5pm. Outside those times, Academic Technology provides primary support for scanning and printing. Media Services staff provide backup support for the video editing workstations and software as needed. The room is also occasionally booked for video editing or digital photography classes, but we keep the back room open for general work at all times the facility is open.
The Media Center is open Sunday 1:00PM-1:00AM, Monday-Thursday 8:30AM-1:00AM, Friday 8:30AM-7:00PM and Saturday 1:00PM-5:00PM. Student access is restricted after hours to those working on special projects or enrolled in specific Video Production, Soc/Anth or Photography, or other media intensive courses. The instructor should contact ITS initially to arrange for student access.