article As we move into the digital era, we are faced with a new challenge: making a computer screen look like paper.
While the digital canvas offers an unparalleled canvas for artists, designers, and writers, there are still some challenges that must be overcome in order to create a finished product.
Paper is a material that takes years to print, which makes it difficult to scale.
Additionally, it’s hard to use in large quantities, and the color reproduction on paper can vary depending on the angle.
Papermaking is a skill that can be acquired through a variety of methods, including traditional craft, and even the use of laser cutting.
But what if the technology could be applied to papermaking instead?
That’s what artist and papermaker Richard Hays of Avant Garde Paperworks is exploring.
“If you could create a laser-cutable surface that you could make your own paper with, that would be a very powerful technology,” Hays says.
Hays started his own company, Avant, to develop the technology for a laser cutter and a laser printer.
Avant was founded in 2014 by Hays and a team of partners, including Michael Schofield, an associate professor at the University of Arizona.
The team has since grown to more than 80 employees and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its expansion.
Hay says he hopes to use the laser cutting technology to create “a single piece of paper that you can then use as a blank canvas.”
To learn more about the technology, you can visit the Avant website.
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