3D Print Jewelry for Casting

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

The art of making jewelry has been around for thousands of years, with much of the same techniques in place, until now. Today, instead of creating a wax investments by hand, Jewelers and Designers are utilizing CAD software for the creation of their pieces. This has forced many jewelry makers to venture into 3D printing, although most choose to outsource this work to a large 3D service bureau. Good News! Technology is now at the point where jewelers can 3D print jewelry investments right on their desktops.

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Upgrading a Large Plotter to a Canon MFP? Go with SmartWorks MFP PLUS.

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It’s that time of year when construction projects are heating up and companies purchase new equipment to keep pace with project demands. Over the years, we have seen Q2 as usually a time of higher activity regarding wide-format equipment. Also, since AEC companies are shifting some of their workflow to more digital applications, full-color drawings are increasing in popularity. Likewise, having the ability to scan plans is crucial. This is where it makes sense to upgrade your older, large plotter to a new MFP plotter/scanner. If you are considering a Canon, here are a few reasons why should spring for the SmartWorks MFP PLUS software upgrade instead of simply sticking with the version that comes with the basic system.

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3D Print Miniatures – How I Made Plunderous Pete Game Pieces

Posted by Adrian Hutchens on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 04:26 PM

Since 1987 a company called Games Workshop has released resin miniatures for a gaming genre known as war gaming.  Each box you buy contains parts to assemble vehicles, creatures, and soldiers. The assembly required painting, sanding, and gluing a 28 millimeter (1.1 in) scale object. Creating enough of these objects for a really great gaming session can take weeks, even months. But now, there is an easier way to quickly get miniatures, 3D Print them.

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Do a Cost per Square Foot Comparison for Wide-Format Plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

If you work in AEC - architecture, engineering, or construction, then you know the way you handle construction drawings has changed dramatically over the years. In the old days, bid sets were printed and distributed by print shops to general contractors and subcontractors. Now, almost all plans are shared electronically via email or some type of online planroom. Obviously, this has resulted in a drop in demand of large volume printing. Traditional reprographic shops have been hit hardest by this change. But, wide-format printing is not dead, it has just shifted.

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TAVCO Named New Formlabs Printer Texas Partner

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Drum roll please! With the ever expanding 3D market in full sight, we have been on the hunt for the next stellar product to champion. So, without further ado, we are proud to announce our joining of forces with Formlabs.  TAVCO is now the new Formlabs Preferred Partner to offer the revolutionary Form 2, Formlabs printer in Texas. You have to see this thing in action!

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See Why the Océ ColorWave 500 Out Shines the New Kip Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 03:37 PM

Today’s CAD environments are a new kind of animal. New, powerful software applications and large, complicated files are the norm and they can literally choke the life out of an old, outdated plotter. These challenges tend to grind an architecture or construction company’s workflow to a halt. In order for these companies to compete and be successful in a heated marketplace, high-stakes deadlines need to be met. To do so, more powerful and sophisticated equipment is needed to meet these challenge head on. One of the new tools that these companies are turning to is a powerful plotter/scanner systems that utilize toner instead of ink jet technology to gain a whole new level of dynamics to their wide-format printing.

In this new space of color-toner wide format machines, there are two primary players, the Kip 800 Series and the Océ ColorWave 500/700. On the surface it seems like a pretty even match, but once you peel back some layers, the Océ simply brings more to the table.

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Killer Plotter Lease Special - 0% Interest for a Limited Time

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Mar 04, 2016 @ 04:31 PM

As the weather is warming, construction is also heating up. Companies are getting busy and looking for more efficient ways of getting things done. If a plotter upgrade is on the horizon for you, now would be a good time to consider a plotter lease. This is a great way to capitalize on new gear without having to expend a large amount of cash.

Until March 31st 2016, Canon Financial Services is offering a 0% interest lease promotion. This certainly is a “no brainer” option if you have already thought about leasing. But, there are some requirements that need to be met. Be sure that you know all the parameters to see if you qualify for this incredible 0% plotter lease offer.

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Compare CCD vs CIS Scanner Technologies

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Over the past few years, scanning has become much more instrumental to the large format document workflow of many AEC (architectural, engineering, & construction) companies. Wide format scanning really makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Here are some key benefits:

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HP 1050c plotter – it’s been fun, but it’s time to go!

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 @ 07:19 AM

Without a doubt, the Designjet 1050 plotter was a wildly successful model for HP. After all, tens of thousands of them were sold and installed throughout the United States during the early to mid-2000s. Many of those units are still in the field and in use today. But, we are approaching the threshold of their usefulness. If you have one, there is a good chance that you are experiencing the law of diminishing returns firsthand. So, considering an upgrade may make sense. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your old HP 1050c plotter.

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9 Reasons Why the Oce ColorWave 500 Crushes the HP T3500

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 09, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Full-color printing has become all the rage in wide-format CAD printing, and for good reason. The amount of information communicated with color plans, transcends the limitations of traditional black/white construction documents. Research has shown how, by simply adding color lines, the potential for mistakes is greatly diminished. This is largely due to the ability to estimate bids more accurately and minimize change orders.

This new need for color CAD has been met with the introduction of new, more powerful, wide-format plotter/scanner systems capable of the task. Today, two popular contenders are the Océ ColorWave 500 and the HP Designjet T3500 eMFP. But, don’t think these models are evenly matched. Although both with print and scan in full color, the Oce ColorWave crushes the HP T3500 when matched side-by-side. Here are 9 reasons why.

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