TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

Large Format Printing Software for Construction Bids

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 06:00 AM

The faster a construction company can have their plans to begin takeoffs, the sooner they can move onto the next job and potentially win more business. Thank goodness for digital plan rooms. They have certainly allowed companies to retrieve and share plans in in record time, mostly in the form of PDF files. Although PDF is a generic file format, they can sometimes create headaches for users when it comes to printing them on a wide-format plotter. This is because, most people are restricted to only sending a single PDF at a time, as is the case with an application such as Adobe Reader. Actually, there is a very easy way to send multiple files at once. Check out Océ Direct Print large format printing software.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters, Software solutions

The Radical Difference Between ColorWave Océ Plotters and Inkjets

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 25, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Look around and you will see that architects and engineers are incorporating more color data into their designs these days. This is largely due to the flourishing influence of BIM applications such as REVIT and Bentley. Likewise, research has shown, time and again, that color details reduce mistakes and greatly increases communication as compared to the traditional black/white format. This new approach has demanded that these companies now print their plans in full-color. Most AEC companies already have a wide-format color plotter in place, but what happens when the work load exceeds the capabilities of that plotter? They could always get a second one, or a third. But, perhaps, it time for a complete paradigm shift. In that case, see how the ColorWave family of Océ plotters is providing a radical shift from the old inkjet school of thought.

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Tags: color printing, Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Our Most Asked Plotter Large Format Questions Answered

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 @ 06:15 AM

Over the past couple of years, thousands of people who have found our website in search of answers for various plotter large format questions. We are diligent to respond to each request individually, but over time we have noticed some common threads.

After conducting a quick scan of our knowledge base, we have compiled a “greatest hits package” of the 7 most popular plotter and large format questions.

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Using Technology to Ease the Texas Construction Labor Shortage

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Throughout Texas, many companies related to construction are experiencing a severe labor shortage. They just can’t find skilled people to fill needed positions. In fact, one of my Central Texas clients told me that he needs to hire at least fifteen new people just to meet current demands. Unfortunately, this issue will not be resolved quickly. While there is no substitute for warm bodies, there are some things that companies can do to use technology to ease the strains of the Texas construction labor shortage.

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Tags: Texas related, AEC

Compare wide format printers – Canon plotters vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 09:45 AM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison chart that shows how popular Canon and HP plotters stack up against one another. This will give you an easy way to compare wide format printers. You’ll see that this chart focuses on the Canon iPF780 and iPF785 and the comparable HP plotters. We cover some highlights at the end.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Color Construction Documents: An Easy Way to Increase Productivity

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

Despite incredible advances in technology, the construction industry remains one of the most inefficient enterprises in the nation concerning labor productivity. (Source: Census Bureau, BLS). The primary reason for this is because many mistakes are made as a result of information not being communicated clearly. So, how can one improve both communication and efficiency? One simple change is to shift the company’s workflow from black/white plans to color construction documents.

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Tags: color printing, Wide format plotters, AEC

Construction Subcontractors Benefit from Having a CAD Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

If you were to make a list of the hardest working people in the country, subcontractors would certainly be at the top. Year round, they tirelessly perform their trades, meeting deadlines and striving to stay under budget. To stay ahead of the game in today’s construction market, electricians, plumbers, framers, and drywall workers need to take advantage of every opportunity to keep a competitive edge. One way they can increase efficiencies it to print their own construction drawings for estimating. Check out some of the top reasons why subcontractors should consider having their own CAD plotter.

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Tags: Construction plans, Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Océ ColorWave Plotter Demonstration – Houston, July 15th

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jul 06, 2015 @ 04:00 PM

After working closely with our architectural, engineering, and construction clients, we see new demands in the design/build process that have to be met. Many companies now need productive and efficient ways to print in color. Why? Color conveys more information and minimizes mistakes. Come see the new and revolutionary Océ plotter that is equally competent as a color printer as it is a traditional monochrome one—Océ ColorWave 500.

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Tags: Wide format plotters

Producing Parts with 3D Print Injection Molds (Part 3 of 3)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

In the first two parts of this series, we detailed the many benefits of printing injection molds on a 3D printer rather than producing them by more traditional means. One of the most compelling arguments for this is the incredible cost and time savings related to 3D print injection molds. But, there are some limitations. Specific design considerations and modifications need to be evaluated thoroughly before embarking on a 3D printed mold project.

Imagine that your project has met all of the criteria and you have successfully printed a mold. Now, what do you do with it? Here are some tips regarding running injection mold equipment with printed molds.

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Tags: 3D printer

Application Considerations of 3D Printed Injection Molds (Part 2 of 3)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

One of the buzzworthy topics in 3D printing is the ability to print injection molds. No doubt this could be a “game changer” for some companies as it provides a way to drastically cut production cycle time. But, there are a few factors to consider regarding 3D plastic injection molds. First of all, what is the material that you are planning to inject and how many final parts are you wanting to make? While metal tooling enables you to produce thousands, if not millions, of parts, plastic 3D printed molds generally accommodate only 50-200 parts before they wear out. However, in the case of prototyping or short-order runs, this can be greatly beneficial because plastic molds can be made quickly at only a fraction of the cost of a metal tool. Here are some key things to keep in mind to ensure the best applications of 3D printed injection molds.

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Tags: 3D printer

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