When it comes to construction projects, Subcontractors (Subs) are the heart and soul of any job. General Contractors and Architects rely on their Subs (HVAC, plumbing, lighting, electrical, concrete, etc.) to complete the project on time and under budget. So, efficiency and productivity are the keys to subcontractor success. But, it is a changing world and some subcontractors have issues adapting to some of the shifting business dynamics within the construction industry.Read More
Wide-Format Plotter, 3D Printer, and Scanner Blog
With construction booming again, a reinvigorated demand for mid-volume, wide-format plottershas arisen. In order to help companies meet this new mandate, two leading plotter manufactures have responded with their mid-level, benchmark products. Canon Solutions America is now offering the new PlotWave 500 and Kip is promoting their 7770 model. On the surface, they seem similar, yet the Océ plotter is able to offer some features that simply out-class the Kip.
Recently, PAW Asset Management, a development company in Southern California, printed a couple of 3D house models for their site plan model. The new development is called TaraVela. It is comprised of a small hotel and four private suites located on thirteen pristine acres of beach front property along the Pacific Coast in Nicaragua. It is a new luxury vacation destination for beach lovers and in order to easily promote the development to prospective investors, they needed a compelling way to showcase the property. See how they used 3D printing to accomplish this.
As the Texas construction market flourishes, many companies are feeling “growing pains” as
they struggle to keep up with demand. Although most companies initially feel these impacts regarding man-power, equipment infrastructure can run a close second. Besides trucks and other heavy equipment needed by construction companies, having updated office equipment can increase the efficiency of their employees. In a construction office, as well as with architects and engineers, a productive wide-format plotter can make a huge difference. Getting bid sets out quickly and accurately can help them reach the next level of success. They just need the right equipment for the job. Luckily, that perfect machine is now available.
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Since 2010, TAVCO has shared a wealth of knowledge with you regarding wide-format and 3D technologies via downloadable articles and blog posts . Now that we have amassed a small collection of material, we found it fitting to have all of those elements available in one spot. So, we are proud to announce the addition of our wide format printer dealer resource link on our web page, tavco.net.
When searching the best plotter for GIS map printing, it’s important to look at all of the factors surrounding your print needs. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a computer system that allows you visualize all kinds of large, quantitative data. That is why GIS data is typically displayed on maps. But, because GIS information usually revolves around big data, printing those files can be much more demanding than a typical CAD file; there is a lot more information to process. In fact, some GIS files can easily exceed the 100MB file size. So, in order to find the best plotter for GIS printing, you really need to know all the aspects of the source file and the expectations of the final product.
Well log (or mud log) files can be tricky for many wide-format plotters to deal with. Unknown to most users, length limitations are often characteristic with the most basic setups. At times the limitations have nothing to do with the printer itself; sometimes it is simply a constraint of printing from Microsoft Windows. That is because Windows has a built-in limitation of 109 inches at 300 dpi. This can be a problem…a big problem since many log files are much longer than 109 inches. In that case, it takes dedicated well log software to remove the limitations and consistently get the results that you want.
When it comes to picking a wide-format plotter or multi-function system for your company, it
is extremely important for you to fully analyze your needs and find the right machine for the job. For instance, you should have a good idea of the expected monthly print volume. This is usually measured in square feet per month. If your volume is substantial enough, an Océ PlotWave 340 or PlotWave 360 might be good fit. Just make sure that your print volume is within the suggested range of the unit.