enjay etching presses from the early days
The first enjay etching press was made in 1968 for George Baldessin. The picture shows a delighted George Baldessin pulling the first artist proof from his new enjay press. A second, similar press was put into operation the following year.
Example of the enjay model RP32 etching press - produced during the early and mid 70's. This model established the enjay name in Schools of Art throughout Australia.
1975 saw the introduction of the enjay model RP18 Basic. This model can be found in 100's of artist's studios and schools - giving generations of art students their first hands-on experience of printmaking.
During 1978, the RP32 model evolved into its final form and contined to build the enjay reputation with its excellent printing performance. Production of this model continued through the late 70's to the mid 80's. An example of the RP32 is shown.
1986 saw the beginning of the future of enjay etching presses. The early e28 model, first built in 1985, incorporated most of the features of the current version. These included a stronger structure, a Bakelite bedplate and a compact gearbox. The e28 evolved further in 2007, with gauges and a cabinet base added.
1990. One of the industrial presses made by enjay. It is a roller diecutting press 1.6m wide, for cutting automotive components. Note the Bakelite bedplate.
The early 1990's saw a cabinet base and roller height gauges added to later versions of the e26/660 and e34/865 etching presses.
The enjay etching press, shown, is the current e34/865. This press and the e28/750 incorporate many recently added features and is very popular with professionals and universities.