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job log Shooting for Perfection “We printed 3-inch x 8-foot strips of the artwork where each vertical set of screws would fall. We then matched up the exact area of the print to the corresponding screw head and wrapped each.” 44 The Client Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame The Players 42 Design Fab (, Go Graphix ( Tools & Supplies HP Designjet L25500 printer, 3M Controltac IJ180-CV3 vinyl, R-Tape 5-mil overlaminate, Royal Sovereign laminator The Job The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, is home to more than 300 basketball luminaries. For the Hall’s 2012 enshrinement ceremony, design team 42 Design Fab wanted to create something that really stood out within the focal point of the museum: the facility’s basketball court. The proposed backdrop mural of basketball legends would be an active part of center court and would have to withstand some hoops punishment. Production 42 Design Fab needed a shop that could take on everything from output to installation all in one week. Go Graphix in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts – which had worked with 42 and the Hall of Fame on previous projects – was a natural choice to execute the 8 x 55-foot wall mural. Images were supplied by the Hall of Fame; the shop then worked with 42 and the Hall’s curator to find the best media and overlaminate for the backdrop mural, which would take a lot of abuse. “The kids are missing and hitting the mural, and they’re running into it, so we had to come up with something that would be durable,” says Jim White, Go Graphix president. To make sure the mural was ball- and childproof, White and his team actually tossed basketballs at graphic samples to find the best choice. When all the testing was completed and no scratches or dents were revealed, Go Graphix output the images (16 sections, 34- to 38-inches each) with its HP Designjet L25500 printer onto 3M Controltac 180cv3 vinyl using HP latex inks. An R-Tape 5-mil polycarb overlam was added for protection. The most difficult part of the installation on the curved, metal-paneled wall: the 256 screws (16 screws per panel). Each screw had to be removed before the graphics were applied, and then screwed back onto the mural and individually wrapped. THE BIG PICTURE JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Big Picture - January/February 2013

The Big Picture - January/February 2013
Wide Angle
Vehicle Graphics – Making It Your Fault
Inside Output
Special Section: FOCUS
New Technology: SGIA and Graph Expo Highlights
Job Log

The Big Picture - January/February 2013