Wide-Format Plotter, 3D Printer, and Scanner Blog

Now Hiring Field Service Technician - Job Opening

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

We are growing and hiring more people for our dynamic team in Central Texas!

TAVCO Services, Inc. has a full-time, entry-level position to enter the exciting field of digital imaging. This
 position requires mechanical ability with knowledge of computer hardware and software. If you seek a job which allows weekends off, paid benefits, technical training, and a friendly and exciting work environment, this might be the right fit for you. 

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Tags: Wide format plotters, 3D printer

Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet (Updated)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

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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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC

Top Reasons for Wide Format Printers for Construction Subcontractors

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

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.

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Tags: Construction plans, Wide format plotters, AEC

Océ Plotter Again Trounces Kip Rival – PlotWave 500 vs Kip 7770

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 09, 2014 @ 08:44 AM

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.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Lease Large Format Printer Equipment – Latest Options

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 08:46 AM

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Tags: Lease options, Wide format plotters

Developer Uses 3D Architectural Models to Show New Property

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

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.

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Tags: Architecture Plans, 3D printer

Océ PlotWave 500 Wide-Format System - Perfect for AEC

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 @ 06:25 AM

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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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Top Reasons Why You Should Get a New Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 08:40 AM

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Tags: Wide format plotters

New Wide Format Printer Dealer Resources Link

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jul 07, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

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.

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Tags: News, Wide format plotters

What is the Best Plotter for GIS? One with these qualities.

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 @ 08:16 AM

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.  

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Tags: GIS & map printing, Wide format plotters

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