17 November 2015

Vehicle Wrapping Course

A three-day summer course was organised for Oxford Brookes students and was led by Jason Price of Corbeau Studios. The aim of the course was to develop the department’s engineering portfolio and students in preparation for projects in 2015/2016 academic year.

Vehicle Wrapping

Students from the department, Paul Lancaster, Alec Byhurst, Paige Walters and Ralph Dale, were taught how to professionally wrap a vehicle. The course utilised printing, laminating and cutting equipment that has been loaned to the department by Hybrid which distribute Mimaki equipment. As part of the deal, Metamark and Corbeau Studios have supplied materials and expertise. The advantage of wrapping a car is that it is a third of the weight of normal paint.

The print material is vinyl and this has huge advantage for vehicle applications as it can be stretched over curved surfaces. The main vinyl material used was Metamark MD-X. After printing a top see-through surface, soft PVC, was laminated onto it which provides UV protection. The process of applying the vinyl onto vehicles (wrapping) is an art. Jason Price took the students through some of the aspects of preparing and printing the vinyl material but the main purpose was to teach the students how to go about applying the vinyl onto a Ford Fiesta and a MINI.

One of the students who attended, Ralph Dale, said: "Over the course of the three days, the five of us were transformed from having never laid a piece of vinyl before, to fully trained vinyl fitters.

Initially we were all reticent to take a heat gun or a scalpel to a lecturers car - reasonably so! But by the end, we could wrap efficiently and precisely individually or in groups.

Jason's wealth of experience in the industry rubbed off on us, providing us with all the tips and equipment we'd need to become competent fitters. By the end of the course, we had one completely wrapped car, with various different styles and skills used on it.

In all, the course was a great insight into the world of vehicle wrapping, and I'm glad the university is keen to invest in this sort of new technology."