value of FLAAR being at a university is that the students
and faculty doing the reviews and evaluations are independent
and professors have no interest in the politics and marketing
machinations of the manufacturers. Indeed the advertising
hype of the ad campaigns is blissfully ignored because the
goal is to establish which hardware and software actually
+ BGSU are already offering courses on Digital Photography
for Wide Format Inkjet Printing. Future courses will cover
scanning and inkjet printing as well.
FLAAR is situated on the first floor of the
College of Technology on the campus of Bowling
Green State University (south of Toledo, Ohio).
After our first year here, so much new equipment
arrived that we had to move into a new building.
is easily accessible from Toledo or Detroit.
If you wish to visit, sign up for a consulting
session so you can use whatever equipment you
would like to while you are visiting.
Halley Puffer edited and updated the operator's
manual for the Cruse reprographic scanner while
she worked with FLAAR at BGSU. In other words,
when you work for FLAAR, even students get to
use the $97,000 digital photography system.
no textbook exists on large format digital photography,
Professor Hellmuth has been working the last 14
months to prepare one. Since this is a daunting
task, a team of BGSU students assist. Matt is one of the crew doing research for this FLAAR
+ BGSU course on digital
-Price is a trained technical writer. Her
attention is devoted into organizing Dr Hellmuth's
textbook material and coordinating it with the
material produced by the rest of the team. She
then posts this on BlackBoard, the web-based training
software used by Bowling
Green State University. She held a two year
full-scholarship while working for FLAAR on campus.
She also spent summers at the FLAAR facility at
the university in Guatemala.
main advantage of having students and faculty
do the evaluations and testing is that they have
no vested interest whatsoever in any company.
In the academic environement at a university people
just want to know which printer, which RIP, which
inkjet media does the best job. No one cares about
whether it is one brand or another.
Like, for example, is not paid by any printer
manufacturer; not even by FLAAR. She is one of
the several key staff members provided by the
Cavanaugh, BGSU, technical manager, large
format digital imaging laboratory. Brent has
decades of experience with professional photography.
He now runs the Iris 3047 giclee printer, several
HP DesignJets, two Mimaki textile printers,
two giant 72" ColorSpan printers, the large
Cruse scanner-camera system, and all the other
digital imaging hardware and software that has
landed at BGSU since FLAAR set up headquarters
are a neutral independent environment, ideal
for doing reviews of digital imaging equipment.
BGSU + FLAAR program is also supported by a crew
of 12 staff of FLAAR at Francisco Marroquin University.
Since FLAAR has been doing photography in Guatemala
for over 30 years our facility at UFM has been established
longer than at BGSU (which just started in 2001).
Photo shows Marlon Castillo with three of
the wide format inkjet printers, lab technical manager
Latin America at UFM.
Most recently updated May 26, 2003.
Previous updates: April 11 2002.