TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

Cad Plotters Help Reduce Construction Costs

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

According to the Wall Street Journal construction costs are on the rise due to an improving economy. Labor and material costs have been increasing close to 3.5 % a year. This means that companies need to find ways to make up for those rising costs, whether it’s looking for cheaper material vendors or letting some employees go. Therefore, it’s important to look at the areas where you can save without losing the integrity of the project.  Believe it or not, one way that construction companies can cut costs is to simply print color plans with a color-capable CAD plotter.

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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC

Océ ColorWave 500 Printing System - Watch the Demonstration Video

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Mar 04, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

The Océ ColorWave 500 Printing System is here and it is destined to redefine some wide-format industry standards. Built on innovative and proven CrystalPoint Technology, the ColorWave 500 leads blends the best of LED toner and ink jet technologies into a single powerful system.

Though there are some common traits shared with the previous model, the Océ ColorWave 650, the ColorWave 500 adds some great improvements. See for yourself.  

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, CyrstalPoint Technology, AEC

Large Format Plotter Reviews - Canon iPF785MFP vs HP T2500eMFP

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 02, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

When it comes to picking a new wide-format system, there are many factors to consider: ease-of-use, print peed, durability, etc. Add a scanner to the mix and your analysis becomes that much more complicated. Luckily, a research company, BLI Labs (Buyers Laboratory LLC), has performed an independent study that compares two of today's top models, the Canon iPF785 MFP and the HP Designjet T2500 eMFP. See how they compare concerning large format plotter reviews.

BLI Labs conducted very stringent tests to compare device performance and produce a report comparing the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two products in these specific categories:

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters, Competitive comparison

Print 3D Models of Architecture - Best Practices

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Over millennia, architects have been motivated to produce physical models of their creations. This is obvious as various artistic renderings has been excavated at archeological sites, some of which are estimated to be thousands of years old. However, it was during the Renaissance Period when Leon Battista Alberti first documented the use of models for study and analysis. Since then, the model making methods have no doubt changed, but the premise remains the same. Luckily today, the technology exists to simply print 3D models of architecture from a digital file.

Make no mistake, while 3D printing is incredible, some effort is still required. We have not quite reached the "microwave stage" where a user can send a print and simply collect their final product --like a microwaved hot beverage. But, we are pretty close. There are a few manipulations that need to happen first.

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Tags: 3D Systems, AEC, 3D printer

Canon Announces the New Océ ColorWave 500 Wide Format Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Feb 20, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Canon Solutions America (CSA) has announced the new Océ ColorWave 500 wide format plotter as the successor to the award-winning ColorWave 650. Like its predecessor, the ColorWave 500 is based on legendary Océ CrystalPoint technology which blends the best of LED toner and inkjet into a single process. This unit represents the next generation of color toner wide format systems in the Océ CrystalPoint product family. Though some common features are shared with the ColorWave 650, there are some fantastic improvements with the ColorWave 500.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

How to Get Oce PlotWave 350 Meter Reading

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 05:47 PM

There are several reasons you may need to get the meter reading from your Océ PlotWave 350, but most of this time it is related to a service contract. Overall, it is an easy process, but for someone who is inexperienced, navigating the menus could be slightly cumbersome. No worries, we a have put together a short instructional guide to help you get your Oce PlotWave 350 meter reading in a snap.
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Tags: Océ wide format plotters

TAVCO Announces New Canon iPF Service Plan

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 07:30 AM

Most companies who invest in new wide-format equipment usually go with some type of extended warranty or service plan for ongoing support. It only makes sense to protect your new asset. But historically, this concept is handled at a very basic level. It usually covers only parts and labor. Consumables such as paper, ink, and print heads are not included.  Those items are usually purchased separately. Not anymore. There is now a way to protect your Canon wide-format plotter investment and include all the supplies with our new Canon iPF Service Plan.

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters

New Canon CAD Plotters Announced – iPF670 & iPF770

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 @ 03:45 PM


Canon USA, Inc. recently announced the launch of three new five-color models into the imagePROGRAF lineup: 

  • iPF770 – 36-inch wide format plotter
  • iPF670 – 24-inch large format printer
  • iPF770 MFP M40 – 36-inch plotter/scanner --Scan-to Print/File/Share System. 

These affordable entry-level Canon CAD plotters support a variety of applications including: posters, presentations, technical documents, drawings, company announcements, and enlargements. Ideal for a variety of industries including Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Education, Offices and Small Retail, the iPF670 and iPF770 printers offer advanced technology to assist small businesses in maximizing the return on their investment.

The newest additions to Canon’s technical document large format printer lineup aim to boost productivity, while staying true to some of the great legacy features. Fast draft printing, sleek desktop design (iPF670 only), and software enhancements help make printing easier and more convenient than ever before. The sub-ink tank system and user-friendly assembly all carry over to help ensure the printer operates seamlessly into your workflow. 

Alternatively, the iPF785 or the iPF780 models are still offered for users that require more functionality. Both the iPF780 and iPF785 offer faster print speeds, lower cost prints with the ability to utilize the optional 300ml ink tanks and the productivity enhancing flat stacking basket.

Highlights of the iPF770 and iPF670 Canon CAD plotters include:

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Wide format plotters

Compelling Reasons to Print BIM Files in Color, Not Monochrome

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Architectural design is something that is ever evolving. One changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling). AutoDesk defines BIM as “an intelligent model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.” This collaborative software is now allowing architects, engineers, and contractors to work together in new exciting ways. But, a paradigm shift always forces other changes. One significant change as a result of BIM is the necessity to print construction plans in full color rather than monochrome.

To explore this further, Lyra Research, Inc. (Now Photizo Group) conducted a study that focused on inadequate collaboration in the design-build process. They strived to find ways to reduce construction costs and in doing so, they made a remarkable discovery. AEC companies can actually save money if they print BIM files in color.

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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC, BIM

Canon Large Format Software on iPad for CAD Plotter Users

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 @ 10:00 PM

Canon has developed a large format software application for iPad users which allows them to print to a wide range of Canon large-format imagePROGRAF inkjet printers. The app is called Canon imagePROGRAF Print Utility and it allows users can print PDF data from iPADs to their plotter via a local wireless network.  

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters, Software solutions

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