Why You Need a Wide Format Printer

by VENDIREX on 06/09/2015 - 02:52 pm |

Tag: Document Management

Does your company regularly outsource oversized printing jobs? Though architects, engineers and construction firms have long used plotters on-site for printing their technical documents and blueprints, design and printing shops are now investing in wide format printers and plotters. Other users are colleges, advertising companies and also retail stores.

If you are printing large scale items like banners, posters, signage, floorplans, durable outdoor graphics or textiles over 2’ wide, a wide format printer at your location could save you time and money.

What’s Important?

The Application - The products you are printing are going to basically determine which printer you purchase. Depending on the machine, you can print in black and white or color. They print on a variety of materials, including less absorbent textures such as vinyl.


The Size - Next, consider the size of the materials to be printed. Most printers can handle widths of 24" to 60", while certain models will handle up to 72" or larger. Paper rolls may be up to 300’ in length, though you can also print on individually fed sheets of paper.   

The Print Quality - The technology may be more important than the resolution, therefore you can make a better judgement based on sample output. Be sure the sample is printed on the same type of material you will be using; not all brands and models handle the same media.


The Software - Make sure the printer has drivers which speak the same language as the software you will be using.


Extra Features/Modules

Large Format Scanning - such as copying full scale blueprints in-house

Paper Cutter - built-in cutters save considerable time

Multiple Paper Width - some machines even allow you to load more than one at a time

Accounting Module - helpful when prints are billed to various projects or clients

Varied Ink Types - so you may select the right ink for the media on which you are printing on; such as vinyl or other materials which are less absorbent.

Raster Image Processor (RIP) - used for very precise color work




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