A group of art students in Australia may need to invest in ink supplies as they have been using a printer to assist in their work.

The group, from the University of South Australia, employed an Oce Arizona 350GT flatbed printer to create works using a variety of different materials.

Workshop technician David Gordon explained the students have been experimenting with hand-formed glass, wood, plastics and metals.

"When they realised it could print on virtually anything, they came forward with a variety of fascinating techniques," he added, stating they have used the device in a way seldom imagined by the manufacturer.

Mr Gordon said the machine has been a great addition to the school and they have been "very impressed" with the quality of the results it has provided.

Recently, Oce announced a partnership with printer supplies maker Canon to develop new technology to reduce the environmental impact of printing.