We are a DIY-workplace and we want to offer everybody professional circumstances to work in. This means we require participants to be responsible for cleaning the materials and facilities (silkscreen frames, textile table etc.) after they are done. If they are not cleaned after use, we will charge you a 25 euro cleaning cost.
To be safe, always check if the tables, presses, squeegees and other materials have been cleaned properly before starting your activities. AGA LAB and their team try to manage the workplace as good as possible, but it does happen that the previous users don’t clean the materials properly. You are responsible for your personal materials (paper, fabrics etc.). AGA LAB is not liable for damage to your personal materials.
The screeprint area is well equipped with four vacuum screenprinting tables in varying sizes. Our biggest sized table is A0. We have a separate rinse room with a high pressure-cleaner and two drying racks.
For textile printing we have a textile printing-table 4,10 m long and 1,85 wide, with a very simple repeat system. Textile printing costs the same as screenprinting. The artist should bring their own inks and fabrics. Water-based ink is mandatory.
Fine Art Printing of Giclée Printing
Your digital images will be printed perfectly on durable/high quality paper, films and canvases by our professional Epson printers. The Ultrachrome K3 inks will create intense colors and light-fastness of 80 years. The digital lab is situated on AGA LABs entresol, which has a great view of the spacious gym. The lab consists of two full size digital fine art printers, an A2 printer and computers with adobe software (CS6).
Epson Stylus Photo 4880
The standard paper is Hahnemuhle Photorag Satin, Hahnemuhle German Etching and Hahnemuhle Bright White. We can also print on rolls that go to a maximum of 42 cm.
Epson Stylus Pro 9800 én 9880 per m2 (inclusief inkt)
The maximum width of the paper roll is 111,8 cm and the image width has a maximum of 111 cm. prints with bleed are not possible. Images should be supplied in 240 dpi tiff’s with 100% output or high resolution PDF.
Scanner Epson Expression 10000 XL
Reflective and transmissive (slides and negatives) scanning. Maximum size is A3.
Usage of a paper that is not listed above is possible, if discussed with an assistant.
It is possible to have an ‘Inkaid Matte inkjetcoating’ or ‘Inkaid Clear Gloss inkjetcoating’ printed on not-so conventional materials (thin veneer, plastic, aluminum) so that they can be printed on with inkjet ink. Both fluids are €0,45 per layer on A4 size.
RISO – KNUST IN AGA LAB
The Riso is a modern stencil printer, it’s environmentally friendly and very useful for posters, cards, art prints or zines with deep, bright colors. Ever since late 2014, AGA LAB manages in collaboration with Knust a DIY Riso workplace!
At Knust in AGA LAB you can work with two different Riso machines. The Riso MZ1070E (A3) has yellow, orange, fluorescent pink, red, (royal) blue, (delfst) blue, (seafoam) teal, green and black colordrums. The Riso V8000 (A3+) has purple, fluorescent orange and black. It’s only possible to print on raw, uncoated paper. This paper is available at the workplace.
Start DIY-ing at AGA LAB with the help of motivated and knowledgeable volunteers. Their backgrounds range between graphic designers, comic book makers and illustrators.
Make an appointment through email@example.com or call 020-6252186.
Interested in becoming a volunteer yourself at the Riso department of AGA LAB? Apply through firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s also possible to print morecolored printwork on a bigger size (A2), or print on demand at Knust in Nijmegen: www.knustpress.nl.
AGA has an offset proofing press (Havlik) which base is adjustable in height. • The maximum size is 60 x 80 cm. • You can also use our etching presses for relief printing by raising the upper roll (the maximum size is 100 x 190 cm). Use of the presses, newspaper press and the cleaning products are all included in the price. Artists should bring their own paper and inks.
We have four etching presses of different sizes (52 x 110 cm, 75 x 130 cm, 80 x 140 cm). The largest (100 x 190 cm) is motorised. There are two acid baths (100 x 130 cm) and a movable bath for very large sizes (up to 73 x 109 cm). A metal cutter, a tank for moisturizing paper (80 x 120 cm), three ovens and two raised worktables are also available. There is an aquatint box with powdered resin (70 x 80). A working method which is safe as well as environmentally friendly is what sets our studio apart. We have replaced harmful solvents for VCA/ salad oil. In stead of traditional varnish we use acrylic primers whenever possible. We use copper sulphate and iron chloride for etching which do not produce any corrosive vapours. All chemical and residual waste will be exhausted or recycled. A contact printing box and small darkroom are available for making photopolymer etchings. Use of presses, newspaper press, cleaning products and the possibility of biting the etching plates are all included in the price.
There are two lithographic presses: a manual press (65 x 90 cm) and a motorised press (100 x 200 cm). A grinder and a grinding tank are also available. We have a large selection of rocks (the largest stones are 60 x 95 cm), ink rollers and a tackle for lifting stones. Lithographers pay a 10% surcharge in addition to the entrance fee for the “rock fund”. Use of presses, newspaper press, resin and talc, carborundum and cleaning products are all included in the price.
The analog darkroom consists of a couple of basic facilities to make black and white prints and develop films. The darkroom is equipped with a Durst magnifier, dark room lighting, rinsing tube, and chemicals. For specific prints it would be best to bring your own chemicals. AGA LAB offers a basic provision of chemicals: developer (for paper – AGFA multicontrast), fixer (amaloco X55) and photoflow. These will be available to your for a fee of 3 euro. If you want to develop your own film you should bring your own developer. Developing tanks (for 35 and 120mm film) and fixer are also available for use in our darkroom. It’s also possible to work with old printing techniques like cyanotype (blueprint).
For booking the darkroom and more information on i.e. cyanotype, mail to email@example.com