Which is more difficult: achieving world peace or making a
one-ton book about
Our Professional Partners:
Award winning children's book designer and illustrator Joan Paley of Joan Paley Design, North Scituate MA, has donated literally hundreds of volunteer hours to design the huge volume of pages within the Big Book: Pages for Peace.
Each page will be 12 feet tall by 10 feet wide and be printed on DuPont™ Tyvek®. DuPont, headquartered in Wilmington, DE, donated the Tyvek required for the project that is 10 feet wide and 4000 yards long or nearly three miles.
Following manufacture of the giant role of Tyvek in March, it was shipped to DuPont's distributor Material Concepts in Philadelphia, PA where the huge role was broken down into 15 smaller roles so it will be more manageable for the printer. Material Concepts also donated the cost of shipping the Tyvek® to UniGraphic.
Hundreds of liters of ink required to cover 90-square feet of 1,000 pages is being donated by EFI of Meredith, NH for printing on their grand format printer, the 3.2 meter wide VUTEk GS3250LX.
It takes about nine minutes to print each page in the book, or 18 to print two sides of a page at UniGraphic Inc., one of New England's leading printing operations in Woburn, MA. UniGraphic is printing the massive book at their cost.
A prototype page-turning device, developed by the
Massachusetts, Lowell's James B. Francis College of Engineering, provided the base for design of a full size page turner, currently under development. A team of volunteer, professional engineers from several New England high tech companies is currently working on the design and implementation of a robotic device that will be able to turn each page of the book, for display at museums. Two of the engineers on the final design team originally worked on the prototype page turner when they were students at UMass Lowell!
To read a more detailed article about the logistics of creating such a book, read the boston.com article.