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Black Resin’s opaque finish rivals injection-molded plastics, capable of producing incredible looks-like prototypes, such as this enclosure for an after-market car attachment from Holley (the prototype is pictured on the left, and final part on the right).
By adapting a large paper processor in conjunction with the manufacturers, Steve’s innovation lead the way for the possibility of producing large resin and fibre based black and white prints on a Lambda printer. Harman adapted their fibre based and resin coated paper for the Lambda and Metro Imaging is one of only a handful of places in the world where you can print digital files onto resin coated paper.
The updated Black and White Resins function similarly to their predecessors. If you’d like to reuse resin tanks from v2, remove the earlier resin version from the tank (follow steps 1-4) and select “Ignore” to set the new resin type on the Form 2.
Scanning of both film and flat artwork. Film Sales, Film Processing and an Archiving Consultancy.
The process for creating a black & white Lambda print is very similar to the digital C Type except instead of colour (C Type) paper and chemistry, we use genuine resin coated black and white photographic paper and chemistry. At Metro Imaging we call these prints ‘black and white Lambda prints’ and we are proud to state that the technology for this type of print was developed by Harman in collaboration with our creative director, Steve Macleod.
Black and white hand photographic prints A master printer will produce the finest traditional print from your photographic negative. Handprints are made in an enlarger, which holds your negative for light to be projected through onto your choice of light-sensitive photographic paper.
Black and white photo papers are commonly known as Silver Gelatin or Bromide darkroom papers. The printer will make several tests initially before making your final print. They may use techniques like cropping, burning and dodging to frame your image correctly and get detail into the highlights and shadows.
Once the photographic paper has been exposed, prints are hand processed in photographic chemicals, then washed and toned to archival standards.
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We have facilities to mount works up to 3m x 1.8m. And ensure you benefit from our expertise and experience we possess in-house for getting the very best out of every image.
Our materials library is stacked with over a dozen advanced resin materials — and growing — for everything from product design prototyping to printing retainers for dental patients. Get a sample part in the material that best suits your application.
Digital black and white silver gelatin prints are a Premier service only on both Bespoke and Self-service. If required the Bespoke service also includes an initial test print. The turnaround for each print or adjustment is three working days for prints from digital files.
We have a range of photographic printing services to give you a helping hand, save you money with generous discounts for our in-lab services, alongside affordable and competitively priced Self-service options too.
Priming is still necessary for painting any parts printed in matte materials. Learn more about priming and painting 3D printed parts in our tutorial.
Black and White vs C Type Prints C Type, black and white and Giclée prints are three very different printing processes, one is a digital photographic print, one is a ‘true’ black and white print and the other is an inkjet print.
Choosing the right paper for your image is very important.
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White Resin is perfect for creating models with smooth, detailed surface finishes that require minimal post-processing. This knee joint model, from Biomedical Modeling, Inc., can help with pre-surgical planning and allows students to easily examine the geometries of human anatomy.
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For professional black and white photo printing, Metro is the only photographic print lab in the UK where you can get genuine black and white photo prints from digital files. Our black and white prints are ‘true’ black and white prints, from digital files. We are the only lab in the UK that can provide this unique service. We can give you a silver gelatin print on traditional resin coated or Bromide photographic paper; that means no colour casts on your images, which you normally get when printing on a C Type paper.
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With over twenty years experience in the retouching industry, we pay great attention to detail and have a genuine care for what we do.
So Metroprint users have all the benefits of those years of R & D by Metro Imaging. The prints have a consistent and neutral image tone (in other words – no colour cast) and the paper offers fine tonal benefits including strong blacks and fine details in the highlights. With ‘resin coated’ papers, the paper is encapsulated in a plastic envelope and the emulsion stuck on the outside of the resin.
We’re excited to build on the popularity of the updated Grey Resin and offer more matte material options. Request free samples of Black v3 or White v3 to see the difference for yourself.
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Ready to go matte? Head to the store to order White v3 and Black v3 now, or request a free sample part to see them for yourself first. Read on for more on how to use these updated resins.
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Standard Resins are designed to be used without post-curing, though the extra step makes Standard parts stronger and generally less tacky. When desired, post-cure settings are the same as the previous versions.
For the best results, any v3 resin should be shaken in the cartridge before printing. Printed parts should be put through the standard two isopropyl alcohol (IPA) baths after printing, using the Finish Kit or a rinse cycle in Form Wash. If you find white residue on Black v3 parts after washing, replace the alcohol bath with fresh IPA to eliminate dissolved resin. Remove any residue from parts after drying by brushing with a soft-bristled brush.
Our in-house materials team is constantly at work adding to and improving our resin library. In January, we released our first matte material: Grey Resin v3, which has since become our most popular resin. Now, we’ve rolled out this smooth matte finish to two more of our Standard Resins: Black and White.
With all of our matte materials, layer lines are less visible, even on 100 micron prints, and thinner features won’t print transparent. Overall, matte resins are excellent for producing prints with a polished, elegant surface finish that requires little to no post-processing.
Resin Coated We use HARMAN (formerly Ilford) GDS RC papers for our resin coated digital prints as we do for our hand printing; but with this service, we can print your digital images on a much larger scale.
Harman Multigrade IV RC Deluxe paper is a premium quality black and white resin-coated paper with a bright base tint. We think it’s great for contact prints and test printing before a more expensive fibre-based paper.
Plenty of our clients like to use this for experimentation as well. It offers a cool to neutral tone.
Matte materials produce prints with smooth, opaque surfaces ideal for modelmaking and looks-like prototyping. Preferred by architects and product designers, White Resin’s neutral color shows off fine details and is great for iterating on designs when you want to focus on form alone. Prior to the release of matte Grey Resin, Black Resin was our most popular material, beloved by engineers and designers working on projects like consumer electronics.
The turnaround time for traditional Silver Gelatin darkroom prints from negatives is one week.
Fibre Based HARMAN (formerly Ilford) GDS Fibre is a real Baryta/Fibre based silver gelatin photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology. It has panchromatic sensitivity optimised for tricolour laser enlargers such as Durst Lambda and Océ Lightjet.
It also has excellent D-Max, sharpness and surface finish that will give superb continuous tone black and white images or text from digital files prepared from either black and white or colour film negatives or positives, prints and digital originals.
What is a genuine black and white print? We are the only photographic print lab in the UK where you can get genuine black and white photo prints online from digital files. We can give you a photographic print on real black and white photographic paper; that means no colour casts on your images, which you normally get when printing on a C Type paper.
All our black and white Lambda prints are produced on genuine ILFORD black and white silver gelatin photographic paper, which is a real Baryta / Fibre based paper. With ‘resin coated’ papers, the prints have a consistent and neutral image tone and the paper offers fine tonal benefits including strong blacks and subtle highlight detail.