Crazy Copy Center

Open : Monday to Friday 9u00> 18u00
July & August : 9u00 > 16u00

Closed during the 1st week of the Easter holidays
Closed for 2 weeks around Christmas & New Year

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YOUR PRINTING PARTNER SINCE 1995

Crazy Copy Center was founded in 1995 for the students and various departments of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Ixelles. Throughout the years, Crazy Copy Center has made goal-oriented investments allowing us to offer our customers a total solution in the printing industry.

As a result, Crazy Copy Center has a large number of external customers in the Brussels region. However, the role of the student, the printing requirements in the education sector and the social cultural non-profit sector are still our main focal point. Crazy Copy Center is a Digital Print Room from Pre-Printing down to the finished product.

Our ultra-fast printing service provides both digital color prints as well as black-and-white prints of the highest quality. Our company employs competent and highly trained staff to help you in achieving high-quality finished products. In case you have little or no experience with printing, our personnel will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance and advice.

Excellent quality, speedy deliveries and democratic pricing are only a click or a phone call away. Our shop is easy to find, conveniently located on the campus of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, entrance 6 or 13, building E, 1050 Brussels.

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DIGITAL PRINTING

Our ‘High Volume’ color and black & white printers provide the perfect solution for fast ‘print on demand’ orders like course material, master and doctoral theses, publications, brochures, flyers and posters.
Crazy Copy Center in short:

  • Excellent quality and service from Pre-printing to the finished product, fast delivery, competitive prices.
  • We can print a large number of different file formats (preferably PDF).
  • Doctoral theses delivery in 48h, 24h or “same day” (appointment required).
  • Full Color and black & white high quality prints.
  • Email file transfer
  • Course material, master & doctoral theses, publications, leaflets, booklets, brochures, flyers, forms, invitations, labels, letter heads, bulletins, presentations, programs, print-ready birth cards and wedding invitations.

HOW - USING WHAT - WE PROVIDE A FINISH

  • BINDING
  • LAMINATION
  • BOOKLETS
  • FOLDING & SCORING

BINDINGS

We use the GBC Magnapunch for our RING BINDINGS. We offer three types of ring bindings :

  • 21 round plastic rings – format: A4 – color black (other colors upon request) of 6 mm to 52 mm
  • 3:1 Renz ring wire – metal – silver –  of 5.5 mm to 12.7 mm
  • 2:1 Renz ring wire – metal – silver –  of 14.3 mm to 32 mm

We have two Fastback machines at our disposal to provide our THERMAL BINDINGS with a perfectly straight back. Color of the strips:  black or white (other colors upon request)

Besides ring bindings and thermal Fastback bindings, we also create PERFECT SOFT COVER BINDINGS for PHDs and other publications. We use the DUPLO DB-200 for that purpose

LAMINATION

We use our GBC 4500 Pro for our SLEEVE LAMINATIONS and we are capable of laminating up to A2 format. We use 125µ sleeves by default, but we would be happy to order any other size you may require.

Using our GMP QTOPIC-380 roll laminator, we can laminate with POLYNEX gloss, MAT or SILKFEEL films.

MISCELLANEOUS

Our Konica Minolta high volume printers are equipped with finishers that are capable of stapling, perforating, folding and creating booklets.

We SCORE covers and cards using our full-automatic Morgana 33 auto creaser

We FOLD letters with our ultra-fast Duplo DF-915.

We have two cutters in our shop: a IDEAL Hydraulic  5560 LT Procut  and an IDEAL 4850.

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ECOPY

For years, Crazy Copy Center has invested time and effort into keeping its ecological footprint as small as possible by taking an environmentally friendly position. The printing sector is not a very polluting sector, still we do all we can to keep our impact to a minimum.

1 - Environmentally friendly paper :

The paper we have been using for the last few years is Inacopia Office 75 gr, originating from controlled Eucalyptus plantations in Portugal. We visited these plantations and factories in person and we were able to determine that:

  • Eucalyptus globulus yields up to 75% more pulp and therefore more paper, based on the same volume of wood used, when compared to other trees used to produce pulp.
  • It is internationally acknowledged that Eucalyptus globulus provides good paper making properties such as bulk, stiffness and opacity with a low lignin content which means less chemical agents are required to remove the fibers’ bonding substance.
  • Currently, the Portucel Soporcel Group manages its forests in a sustainable way and takes care of both their conservation and biodiversity through a partnership with WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature). Opponents of the Eucalyptus tree often talk about soil drying out. We did not notice any of that and we clearly saw wild growth in between the Eucalyptus trees. In the past the landscape was primarily populated by spruce, so no great loss really.
  • Trees are replanted or naturally regenerated after harvesting.
  • The Group is the largest Portuguese producer (60%) of green energy from biomass.
  • The renewable forests store an amount of carbon that is equivalent to the CO2 emissions generated by 1,5 million car journeys around the world.
  • Indigenous peoples’ and owners’ rights, i.e. those who earn their livelihoods from and/or live in the forest, are respected.
  • Workers’ rights and welfare are protected and local employment is encouraged.

We have decided to use Inacopia Office 70gr in all our small printers and copiers instead of the 75gr. This reduction of 5 g/m² ensures eco-efficiency, since the same number of reams/boxes can be produced using fewer resources, generating less waste, without compromising printing quality and machine performance.

All our paper is provided with a FSC or PEFC label

FSC

2 - None of our trash paper goes to waste :

Redundant paper due to erroneous prints or test prints on the part of technicians are given to the students as scrap paper or it is sorted in the paper containers of the VUB. It goes without saying, we do not use any belts but non-stop boxes.

3 - All remaining toner is collected:

Ink and toner, worn printer parts are collected by the suppliers and recycled.

4 - We collect foils, old markers and corks:

The foil (HDPE, LDPE) around pallets is collected by Van Gansewinkel and it is recycled. Crazy Copy Center is a collection points for old/empty markers and pens (www.terracycle.be), for corks from wine and champagne bottles (www.recycork.be) and for plastic caps (www.vriendenderblinden.be)

BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST

High quality inkjet prints are digitally printed on our 44inch Canon image PROGRAF IPF8400S big format printer directly from a PDF, TIFF or JPEG file with a continuous tone resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi.  The Lucia Ex 8 color ink (BK, MBK, C, M, Y, PC, PM en GY) provides a wide color spectrum with an excellent black reproduction.

  • Excellent quality and service, fast delivery, competitive pricing.
  • 1 hour of production for 1 A0 poster.
  • Email file transfer or file transfer via ftp-server.
  • Special discounts for large orders (see price list).
  • Large format prints are suitable for:
    • Posters
    • Posters and signs for shop offers
    • Banners (max 0.914m x 18m)
    • Presentations
    • XXL-picture prints
  • All high-resolution orders are printed on 210 gr Photo Gloss or coated 120 gr paper

Guidelines for a Master’s thesis

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Make your online reservation

1 - RESERVATIONS ARE RECOMMENDED

During the busy periods (around the submission dates in May, June, July, August and December), we recommend making a reservation for the printing and binding of your thesis. You can reserve your spot on our website: online reservation. If you do not make a reservation and we are fully booked, you may have to print your thesis yourself using one of our self-service printers.
Any thesis for which no reservation is made will be printed at the rate of 0.05€ per b/w print and 0.30 € per color print. No reservation is required for the binding of your thesis.

2 - LAYOUT & FORMATTING

For a Master’s thesis using OFFICE or OPEN OFFICE: Always create the layout of your document in A4. In many cases, LETTER is set as the default value in OFFICE. You can verify this using the LAYOUT option and changing SIZE into A4 if needed. Documents created in the LETTER format have to be rescaled and, when printing out the documents, a large white margin at the top and bottom will appear.

3 - DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING?

In case your document has to be printed double-sided, you have to insert blank pages where necessary: After a title page, after a brief summary, after a chapter with an uneven number of pages, etc... All important pages like title pages, the first page of the table of contents, acknowledgements, start of a chapter, ... always have to be on the right on an uneven page number.

4 - COLOR OR B/W?

In case your document contains more than 10% color pages, we will print them on the color printer which detects colors and b/w automatically. All pages that do not have to be printed in color have to be completely b/w, because each microdot in color will be recognized/printed and invoiced as a color print - you should therefore remove any unnecessary blue hyperlinks, etc...
Scanned tables and figures containing only grayscale have to be scanned in black-and-white - usually the scan programs are set to color by default.  A black-and-white figure that is scanned as color is recognized as a color print. Some grayscales - e.g. large gray numbers at the start of a chapter or a fine gray line at the bottom or top of a page - are often recognized as color by the printer. In that case we will always print a test page.

In case your document contains less than 10% color pages, the black-and-white and color prints are printed separately and you will have to merge the prints by yourself.

5 - WE ONLY PRINT PDF-FILES

Why? A PDF document is a picture (an image) of your work. What you see is what you get. The PDF document will be printed exactly like you see it on your screen. You should save your document in the PDF format on the computer where the document was created. Why? OFFICE documents can differ from computer to computer, pages can jump, unknown or special fonts are printed as Times New Roman – basically, Office documents are often unstable.

Save your document in 1 PDF-file, or two if you are unable to add the title page, which is usually a template.

Guidelines for a PhD

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1 - RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED

You are required to make a reservation, both for the first draft for the jury as well as for the final draft for your thesis defense.

2 - LAYOUT & FORMATTING

The most common formats for delivered PhD's are: 16X24cm, 17x24cm or B5, but, of course, A4 is also possible. It would be ideal if the document has already been created using the correct dimensions. If we are required to reduce the document to the correct format, this will also reduce the font size. The scale and magnification percentage varies between 81 and 83%. Font 12 becomes 10, line spacing 1.5 becomes 1.2.

For PHD trial versions with layout in A4 using OFFICE or OPEN OFFICE: Always create the layout of your document in A4. In many cases, LETTER is set as the default value in OFFICE. You can verify this using the LAYOUT option and changing SIZE into A4 if needed. Documents created in the LETTER format have to be rescaled and, when printing out the documents, a large white margin at the top and bottom will appear.

LaTeX is the ideal program to write/layout a PhD:

  • You can create professional layouts easily and efficiently
  • Displaying mathematical formulas is easy
  • Users only need to know a few commands to determine the structure. They do not have to spend a lot of time on the layout.
  • More complex structures like cross-references, footnotes, an index and bibliography can be created using a single command
  • When creating long, complex documents, everything remains clear and well organized
  • LaTeX is free (read more: https://pc-en-internet.infonu.nl)

TIP: ASK FOR AND USE YOUR COLLEAGUE’S TEMPLATE …

3 - DOUBLE SIDED PRINTING?

In case your document has to be printed double-sided, you have to insert blank pages where necessary: After a title page, after a brief summary, after a chapter with an uneven number of pages, etc... All important pages like title pages, the first page of the table of contents, acknowledgements, start of a chapter, ... always have to be on the right on an uneven page number.

4 - COLOR OR B/W?

In case your document contains more than 10% color pages, we will print them on the color printer which detects colors and b/w automatically. All pages that do not have to be printed in color have to be completely b/w, because each microdot in color will be recognized/printed and invoiced as a color print - you should therefore remove any unnecessary blue hyperlinks, etc...

Scanned tables and figures containing only grayscale have to be scanned in black-and-white - usually the scan programs are set to color by default.  A black-and-white figure that is scanned as color is recognized as a color print.

Some grayscales - e.g. large gray numbers at the start of a chapter or a fine gray line at the bottom or top of a page - are often recognized as color by the printer. In that case we will always print a test page.

LaTeX users can avoid these problems by defining tables, images, etc. as black and white.

In case your document contains less than 10% color pages, the black-and-white and color prints are printed separately and you will have to merge the prints by yourself.

5 - WE ONLY PRINT PDF-FILES

Why? A PDF document is a picture (an image) of your work. What you see is what you get. The PDF document will be printed exactly like you see it on your screen. You should save your document in the PDF format on the computer where the document was created. Why? Office documents can differ from computer to computer, pages can jump, unknown or special fonts are printed as Times New Roman – basically, Office documents are often unstable.

Save your document in 1 PDF-file, or two if you are unable to add the title page, which is usually a template

6 - COVER (ONLY FOR PHD’S WITH SOFT COVER BINDINGS

Ideally, the cover is created in PowerPoint in the SRA3 format. We can provide you with a template. When using special FONTS, you have to send them via email or provide them on a USB memory stick. After the proof, we will have to adjust the width of the back in order to be able to print on the side. PHD’s that have to be printed recto verso containing fewer than 160 pages cannot be provided with a print on the back (side printing).   Any other options should be discussed first with our crew.
If you create the cover in a different program: for 100 sheets of 75gr or 80gr paper (=200 double sided) you have to take into account a spine thickness of +/- 1 cm. Discuss this with our crew.

7 - PRODUCTION AND QUOTATIONS

We will process your Softcover PhD in 48 hours (weekend, public holidays and office closing days not included). The minimum number is 10 and the unit price for each binding is 10 €, excl. VAT, the print on the cover is price included. We can complete your PhD in 24 hours or even in 12 hours in which case you will pay 15 € and 20 €, excl. VAT, respectively per soft cover binding. These prices do not include inside printing.

Quotations can only be sent via email: crazycopy@vub.ac.be

8 - ISBN

All publications with an ISBN number require one additional working day (extra 24 hours) in the production process. The documents that we provide to you and that you have to fill out, must be delivered back to us no later than the day before production. We will deliver the page with the copyrights and we will also generate the barcode.

The rate for requesting an ISBN number + creating the barcode is 100 €, excl. VAT

9 - THICKER PAPER?

If required, we can also print on 90gr (+0.01 €, excl. VAT, per sheet) or 100gr (+0.015 €, excl. VAT per sheet).