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Risograph @ Lab

Risograph is a brand of digital duplicators manufactured by the Riso Kagaku Corporation, that are designed mainly for high-volume photocopying and printing. It was released in Japan in 1980. The RISOGRAPH is a stencil printing style digital duplicator. It works by piercing a printing stencil plate with holes and passing ink through the holes to transfer an image onto paper. Due to working with vegetable based ink and organic based master, large-volume printing with less power consumption than e.g. off set, printing with the risograph is environmentally considerate.

-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risograph

Materials and ink

  • paper: 60 - 270 gr, open structure needed
  • ink: vegetable based mark (rice bran oil ink for black, vegetable oil ink for colours)
  • available colours at our lab: black, yellow, dark green, gold, neon pink, two shades of blue
  • master: rice based paper

Getting started

Preparing images

...more information following later...


  1. switch the printer on
  2. open the tray and the feeder
  3. type passcode: 1914
  4. start with "MasterMake"
  5. feed paper: it's always better to set an excess amount of paper - if there is only a few sheets remaining, often paper jam happens
  6. set ink cartridge (there are pink, blue, medium blue, green, yellow, gold and black)
  7. turn on the PC
  8. transfer data using Wolke (private window recommended) or USB stick
  9. lazy way
    1. print from the browser
    2. set to no frame, and adjust the magnification to fit the paper
    3. print
  10. proper way
    1. open the paper in acrobat etc
    2. press print settings (Einstellungen)
    3. ...
  11. on the printer, press Pause
  12. press Output. It will start making a "master", and print 2 sheets
  13. use the keypad to set the quantity and print


generally after your printing process: with a soft tissue/ cloth and some water, clean residue at the machine
during the process: if necessary, the roll at the paper feeder must be cleaned carefully with a damp cloth to avoid ink abrasion on subsequent paper

Tips and Sources

  • very detailed informations can be found at exploriso

to be continued

Working with Processing

...following later...

see also material & process-links (coming soon)


in case of questions/ if you would like to discuss a project/ get an introduction to the risograph:

Jacqueline Hen/ Karin Lingnau

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