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Benchmark’s Printing Wows at MSI Chicago

Numbers in Nature is a new permanent exhibit at Chicago’s very own Museum of Science and Industry.  The new exhibit replaces the old Petroleum Planet, which had stood in the same spot for 13 years.  Ravenswood Studios was selected to create the exhibit for Numbers in Nature, and soon after Benchmark got a call to assist in creating the graphics.  Benchmark was selected for the quality of large format printing we are known for.

Numbers in Nature/Lambda Printer
The accordion panels were printed by Benchmark

The Numbers in Nature exhibit used mainly wall covering graphics that were printed on the Vutek machine.  The Vutek uses a UV ink curing technique for its printing process- similar to traditional silk screening.  The graphics were printed on a 10 mil melinex DuPont film.  From there, they were mounted to MDF.  Benchmark assisted by printing out the graphics for the large accordion structure that leads museum visitors into the exhibit.  Ravenswood Studios then constructed and painted the structure that was used to mount the pictures that Benchmark printed.  Ravenswood also applied the graphics to their structures throughout the exhibit.

Numbers in Nature
Benchmark prints just about anything!

The Lambda printer was also used in this project.  The Lambda creates photographic quality prints- on actual photo materials.  This was used to print some back lit panels that are also featured throughout the exhibit.  Numbers in Nature is a great example of all the types of printing Benchmark can do for your large scale events.

Numbers in Nature
Backlit printed panels were printed by Benchmark

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