TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

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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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Competitive comparison

Océ PlotWave 340 vs the HP Designjet T3500 MFP Wide-Format Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

When it comes to picking the best wide-format solution for your business, several factors have to be considered. The challenge is to make all the Pros/Cons make sense without getting lost in the details. Here we lay out data on two popular systems - the Océ PlotWave 340 and the HP Designjet T3500 MFP.

Sure, both will print, copy, and scan, but which will be the best fit for your specific demands. See for yourself.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Competitive comparison

Top 3 Ink Jet Plotter Problems and What to do About Them

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

No matter which brand of ink jet plotter you have, most all are built on the same type of mechanical platform. Therefore, ALL wide-format printers are susceptible to the same types of operational issues. So, after tapping into the vast mental resource of our technicians' mega-minds here are the 4 most common issues, and suggestions solutions for each.

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Tags: Wide format plotters, Service and support

Including Students in Creating a Classroom Rules Poster

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 24, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Historically, wide-format printers have been mainly associated with engineering or construction companies. But, because of changes in technology, there is a whole new world of non-traditional placements in the market. One of these areas is education.

There is a wide-range of applications where a wide-format printer/scanner could benefit the education market. One specific example is the creation of classroom rules posters. Recently, it has become acceptable to allow students to participate in the creation of classroom rules. Although, this may seem counterproductive, research shows that when students are involved in creating the rules, they are more apt to follow the rules.

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Tags: color printing, Education

Create Magic with Wide Format Plotter Paper on an Océ ColorWave 500

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 17, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

Without a doubt, the Océ ColorWave 500, by Canon, stands out as one of the most unique and innovative large format systems on the market today. The driving force behind its uniqueness is the one-of-a-kind printing technology used by the ColorWave – Océ CrystalPoint Technology. This is a process where small TonerPearls, each about the size of a paint ball, are heated to a gelled state before they are precisely jetted onto the print material. The concept is similar to inkjet, but since the TonerPearls are, in fact, toner and not ink, all of the frustrating issues experienced with traditional inkjet plotters are absent—wet media, curled prints, smudging images, etc.

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Tags: Large format supplies, Océ wide format plotters

Plotter Paper Inventory Sale - Making Room for the New Year

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 02:00 PM

It’s that time of the year where we have gone through the warehouse and uncovered some forgotten plotter paper and ColorWave 600 toner stock. Perhaps we have something available that you could use. If so, here is your chance to get it for next to nothing. 

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Tags: Large format supplies

Oce Wide Format Printers Are Ready for the 2016 Full-Color Fight

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 12, 2016 @ 06:30 AM

You know what they say about the weather in Texas…if you don’t like it, just wait five minutes, it’ll change. Apparently, that can also be applied to the commercial wide-format equipment sector. It’s crazy to think about all the new things coming forth this year. Both HP and Kip launched new color products and plan to make a big impact. But, just like a champion prize fighter, Océ still has a couple of knockout punches ready to go in the form of the ColorWave 500 and ColorWave 910 systems. Let’s just say that with these two, Oce wide format printers are ready for the full-color fight.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Competitive comparison

Introducing the Canon L-Series Wide Format Plotter Scanner Combo

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Dec 20, 2015 @ 08:30 PM

Canon recently unveiled their new wide format plotter scanner—the L-Series. It comes in two versions, the iPF670 MFP L24 (24-inch plotter/scanner) and the iPF770 MFP L36 (36-inch plotter/scanner). Both of these units provide basic print and scan-to-copy functions at a very affordable price.  The overall functionality of the L-Series is a bit scaled back from the more robust M40 model, but if your wide-format needs are basic, it may be a great option to consider.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Understanding Wide-Format Plotter Paper Weights - Competitor's Lesson

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

Like many other industries, the wide-format equipment sector is extremely competitive. As such, you will not find many companies openly sharing positive information about their direct competitors. But, this is one of those rare, shining moments when I am bucking the trend and actually giving one of my rivals a “tip of the hat.” After all, good info is good info.

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Tags: Large format supplies, Wide format plotters

It's Time to Upgrade My Plotter - Now What?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Everyone knows that as soon as you buy the latest tech gizmo, it is already outdated. Just look how fast new smart phones are released. This concept appears to dissolve, however, when printers are involved, especially wide-format printers. It is amazing how some companies will hang on to their wide-format equipment for years. Eventually though, the time will come there is no other option. You need to upgrade your plotter. If that is the case, here a few things to keep in mind. 

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

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