5 False Kip Printer Myths about the Océ ColorWave 500 System

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 01:00 PM


You know that competition is getting fierce when the inflammatory statements start flying. In this case, Kip America Corporation has been exaggerating claims in an effort to support their 800 Series Kip Printer. This model is a direct rival to the Océ ColorWave 500 from Canon. The common ground between these two is that they both use a dry-toner process rather than liquid ink to produce full-color wide-format documents. However, they use completely different technologies that are as far apart as fire and ice. Here are 5 myths that KIP is attempting to spread about the Océ ColorWave and the actual truth behind them.

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6 Awesome Advancements of the New Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

The new generation of ultra-high-quality large-format printing equipment is here. The Canon PRO-4000 and PRO-2000 are Canon’s newest iterations and they promise not to disappoint. Both are designed for the highest quality of output demands to meet the needs of photographers, artists, and marketing professionals. One thing that makes this new wide-format platform so different is that they have been developed as a Canon-to-Canon, camera-to-printer solution. This enables these printers to produce incredible large-format prints that maintain all of the color, texture, and emotion captured in the original image. Check out all of the advantages offered by the new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series.

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Plotter Paper Clearance - Summer 2016

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

After our last warehouse inventory check, we have noticed some legacy items that need to go. However, we realize that these items could be worth their weight in gold for some. There is plotter paper, printheads, and Océ ColorWave 600 P1 TonerPearls stock up for grabs. Perhaps we have something available that you could use. If so, here is your chance to get it at a great discount. 

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Simple Trick for 3D SLA Parts Processing

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Let me give a big shout out to the Formlabs Community Forum. There is a ton of great insight there about Form 2 printers and 3D printing in general. One of the post that I ran across was about how to remove parts that are directly printed on the build plate without supports. This is an issue that we have run into a few times because, sometimes, supports just get in the way—although it is certainly the best practice to print using them. If you run into one of those types of situations, here is a great hack when undertaking your 3D SLA parts processing.

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KIP 7170 Printer vs. Océ PlotWave 365

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 @ 01:30 PM
More digital document workflows have increased the demand for smaller, more dynamic wide-format systems. Unlike years past, the need to print tens of thousands of square feet per month has vanished. However, this has not completely eliminated wide-format printing altogether. Actually, this has increased the value of smaller wide-format, toner-based printing systems that can quickly print and/or scan on demand. Two of today's most popular units are the Océ PlotWave 365 and the KIP 7170 printer. See how they compare side by side.
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Special Bluebeam Promotion - For a Limited Time

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jul 10, 2016 @ 08:00 PM

Ask anyone who works with large, technical documents about taking their work more digital and you are bound to hear an emphatic, “Yes Please!” It’s no wonder. Digital wide-format workflow provides a speed, clarity, and accountability that is virtually unmatched by traditional paper processes. Though there are serveral software applications that facilitate this type of functionality, there is one that tends to stand out, Bluebeam Revu. And lucky for you, they have a fantastic, special Bluebeam Promotion for you—for a limited time.

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Top Requirements for a Map Plotter for Printing GIS Maps

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 09:35 PM

In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon declared that "knowledge is power."  Back then, the world was a lot smaller, and he was only armed with a handful of books. Today, we can all instantly get a mountain of knowledge, with a single mouse click. But, if if mapping lots of data is on your "to do" list, you should tap into the information monster that is GIS. But, the real challenge arises when you need to print the data collected. After all, GIS files can very very large, complex, and detailed. You better have the right map plotter for the job. 


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Canon Resets the Bar with New Graphics Poster Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It has been interesting to watch wide-format printing trends over the past few years. Surprisingly, the highest area of growth has been in the graphics and photography segment. This is partially due to companies of all types stepping up their marketing efforts with more display graphic materials. Canon has responded to this new demand by investing their R&D resources on the next wide-format platform, the new PRO Series. This includes both the 24-inch PRO 2000 and the 44-inch PRO 4000. Both promise to be the new graphics and poster printer standard. Here are the highlights of the new improvements.

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Top Reasons to Lease a 3D Printer Instead of Purchase

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Look around, 3D printing is everywhere. At least is seems that way, and for good reason. While it is not necessarily a new technology, it certainly has come of age in the past few years. More industries are now embracing the dynamic benefits that 3D printing offers. It is most commonly found in engineering and rapid prototyping environments, but you can also see it in art, dentistry, and even custom jewelry design. With all of these applications, it is no wonder why so many companies are looking at getting a printer. What is not often realized is that large cash outlays are not always needed for acquisition. In order to get the technology today without investing a ton of capital, companies should lease a 3D printer instead of purchasing one. Here’s why.

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Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet (Updated for 2016)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 @ 12:00 PM

The comparison between which wide-format plotter technology is better, toner or ink jet, has been questioned among companies looking for new equipment for years. Historically, this has been relatively easy to examine. The cost of ink jet printing is higher, but the price of the toner-based equipment was more expensive than their ink jet counterparts. After some calculations, the break-even point was determined at about 2,000 square feet per month of print volume. However, the playing field has changed. Ink prices have dropped and some ink jet systems have gotten faster. So, how do the two plotter technologies compare now?

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