ArtiosCAD, used for the design of corrugated containers and specialty cartons, features 3D design and animation components that allow MSU students to see a virtual prototype on a computer screen prior to finishing on a Kongsberg cutting table. With EskoArtwork Studio, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator, a 3D rendering of the package is easily accessible also right on the screen, giving students the ability to design graphics in 3D rather than from a two-dimensional flat. The software suite, which helps students apply creative and innovative solutions in the production of corrugated and paperboard products, is used in conjunction with the Kongsberg digital finishing table, a large format printer and a cold lamination system.
Examples of how EskoArtwork software and equipment are being used include:
In Packaging Decision Systems, second and third-year students use EskoArtwork software to design and solve problems relating to production of packaging systems.
In Packaging with Paper and Paperboard, second and third year level students use ArtiosCAD to create a sample package, which is cut, with digital technology, on a Kongsberg table.
In Package Development Technology, EskoArtwork software and equipment form the foundation of this new offering, which focuses on development of consumer packaging using current technology tools. Using ArtiosCAD and Studio, students will learn how to integrate package structure, graphics and performance.
“The gift software is central to an expanding emphasis on Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) package design, as well as supporting the School of Packaging’s focus on transportation packaging and sustainability,” says Young. “This semester (fall 2011) we have used this capability in a joint collaboration project between a class of packaging students and a class of Studio Design students, demonstrating the cooperation between structural and graphics design to achieve planned objectives.”
Beyond the classroom
Installed in a University Microcomputer Lab in the Packaging Building, EskoArtwork technology is also used in additional classes as well as offering support for research projects both within and outside the School of Packaging. Students in a class on medical packaging, for example, which focuses on special requirements for packaging pharmaceuticals and medical devices, used ArtiosCAD and the Kongsberg table to support research on how a particular medical package worked. Requiring a carton that would fit a plastic tray to be accurately produced and designed, students used ArtiosCAD to design the project and the Kongsberg table to cut a sample.
EskoArtwork technology functions as a resource for SoP’s research programs, which cuts a swath in a broad number of areas relating to packaging, including bio-based polymers, nanocomposites, radio frequency identification, automotive packaging, pharmaceutical packaging and packaging and solutions for food quality and safety
The School of Packaging’s Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability will also make use of the donation. One of the challenges facing the Center, which aims to be a global leader in research and outreach related to packaging innovation and sustainable systems, is exploring which specific principles should be considered when designing new, sustainable packages. ArtiosCAD, Studio and the Kongsberg table will support the efforts of those involved in examining this issue.
“EskoArtwork’s donation is a resource available for people outside the packaging department; anything that gets done around here may require a carton or a box structure,” notes Young. “A student involved in MSU’s nutrition science program, for example, might have a packaging challenge that they need addressed as part of their capstone research project. The student will be able to use ArtiosCAD to design the structure and cut out a sample on the Kongsberg table.
EskoArtwork also supports MSU with its involvement in seminar programs. On October 13, in addition to receiving the Kedzie memento, EskoArtwork’s Susie Stitzel joined Dr. Mike Richmond, PTIS Global; Dr. Vicki VanHurley, Femme Phatale and John Silva, President, Creative Director, The DuPuis Group, as part of MSU’s expert panel on Consumer Packaged Goods.