Come See a Form 2 Desktop SLA printer at Leander Library's Tech Day

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Sep 01, 2016 @ 07:30 AM

Kids all across Central Texas will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the most advanced desktop 3D printer available, the Form 2 Desktop SLA printer from Formlabs. The printer will be set up and functioning for Tech Day at the Public Library in Leander, Texas.

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HP Designjet T3500 vs. Oce PlotWave

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 08:30 AM
Although the struggle between inkjet and toner plotters still very much exists, the lines have been a bit blurred. There are more and more cases now where these two technologies are locked into a head-to-head contest. A good example of this is the clash between the HP Designjet T3500 MFP and the Océ PlotWave. Both are capable of plotting, copying, and scanning, but that doesn't mean that they are identical. There are some very distinct technological differences between the two. So, what is the best choice? It depends...what are your specific demands?
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9 Reasons Why Canon PRO 4000 & 2000 Photo Printers Exceed Expectations

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 01:30 PM

Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers. And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field. Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely. See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 4000 and PRO 2000 printers will exceed your expectations.

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Easily Customize Markups in Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Here’s the scenario: You are a Project Manager at construction company who just can’t find enough time to handle everything. There are project meetings to attend, sub-contractors to coordinate with, submittals, site visits, RFIs and other looming bid deadlines. No doubt, things are hectic. So, if there was a way to save some time, you’d jump right on it. Luckily, Bluebeam Revu provides you a way to quickly markup, edit, and revise your construction plans, saving you a bunch of time to take care of those other things. Check out how easy it is to customize markups using Bluebeam Revu.

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New SLA Resins for Form 2 3D Printers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

As exciting as 3D printing technology is, it might be surprising to know that the biggest advancements are not always related to printer hardware. The truth is, new material technologies are what really drives the biggest changes with regards to 3D printing. Likewise, if printing in white plastic resin is your thing, then you’ll be thrilled to know that Formlabs is announcing a new version of White SLA Resin for Form 2 printers.

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See the Advantages of Océ Radiant Fusing Technology

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

For many CAD users, toner-based, large format, LED plotters are just plain magical. You simply click print and a sheet comes out. There’s often not much thought about what is going on "under the hood" or the science behind the process. But, the truth is, there is a lot going on there - exposure, charging, transfer, etc. The final part of this multi-part sequence is called "fusing." In layman's terms this is where heat is applied to the powder toner to permanently adhere it to the paper. There are a couple of different ways to achieve this, either through a pressure fusion process or radiant fusion one. Pressure fusion is be far the most prevalent and is therefore considered "conventional technology", but there are many reasons why Océ's Radiant Fusion Technology is better and something you should seriously consider. 

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5 False Kip Printer Myths about the Océ ColorWave 500 System

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 01:00 PM


You know that competition is getting fierce when the inflammatory statements start flying. In this case, Kip America Corporation has been exaggerating claims in an effort to support their 800 Series Kip Printer. This model is a direct rival to the Océ ColorWave 500 from Canon. The common ground between these two is that they both use a dry-toner process rather than liquid ink to produce full-color wide-format documents. However, they use completely different technologies that are as far apart as fire and ice. Here are 5 myths that KIP is attempting to spread about the Océ ColorWave and the actual truth behind them.

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6 Awesome Advancements of the New Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

The new generation of ultra-high-quality large-format printing equipment is here. The Canon PRO-4000 and PRO-2000 are Canon’s newest iterations and they promise not to disappoint. Both are designed for the highest quality of output demands to meet the needs of photographers, artists, and marketing professionals. One thing that makes this new wide-format platform so different is that they have been developed as a Canon-to-Canon, camera-to-printer solution. This enables these printers to produce incredible large-format prints that maintain all of the color, texture, and emotion captured in the original image. Check out all of the advantages offered by the new Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series.

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Plotter Paper Clearance - Summer 2016

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 10:30 AM

After our last warehouse inventory check, we have noticed some legacy items that need to go. However, we realize that these items could be worth their weight in gold for some. There is plotter paper, printheads, and Océ ColorWave 600 P1 TonerPearls stock up for grabs. Perhaps we have something available that you could use. If so, here is your chance to get it at a great discount. 

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Simple Trick for 3D SLA Parts Processing

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 @ 12:30 PM

Let me give a big shout out to the Formlabs Community Forum. There is a ton of great insight there about Form 2 printers and 3D printing in general. One of the post that I ran across was about how to remove parts that are directly printed on the build plate without supports. This is an issue that we have run into a few times because, sometimes, supports just get in the way—although it is certainly the best practice to print using them. If you run into one of those types of situations, here is a great hack when undertaking your 3D SLA parts processing.

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