The Esko technology helps the packaging students unleash their creativity, a strong value at RIT. “The Kongsberg table was installed on a Monday,” recalls Kausch. “On Friday – with minimal training – they designed and cut out a gorilla using the table and stuck it to the wall; they named it KING KONG(sberg). Our students are very innovative and talented. You never know what you will see!”
Using the Esko tools, RIT students are participating in a number of national competitions, such as those held by the Paperboard Packaging Association and the Independent Corrugated Association.
Packaging Science students are also using Esko technology to find solutions to real world problems. “RIT will no longer be supplying bottled water on campus,” says Kausch. “Using Esko software, packaging students are involved in designing a flexible container to fill with water at ‘water filling stations’ throughout the campus. They are designing the container as well as the logo and graphics. The students are working with a company that will produce their design for whatever they come up with and are investigating whether or not to sell it in the campus store.”
“The ability to freely design and create designs and build real prototypes of packaging ideas is an extremely powerful learning tool for our students,” concludes Kausch. “Esko has been very generous to our program, and all at RIT will benefit greatly.”