TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

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

Print injection molds with a 3D printer – Key Benefits (Part 1 of 3)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 @ 02:59 PM

Most plastic items that you own were produced via injection molding. This includes everything from hairbrushes, to keyboard keys, to garbage cans. Obviously, injection molding is a common manufacturing process used to create plastic parts quickly and economically.

This process is accomplished by injecting molten thermoplastic into a mold cavity and allowing it to cool. Typically these injection molds are made out of metal that is machined into the desired shape. But, metal injection molds are expensive—incredibly expensive. That is why some manufacturers are now directing their attention to 3D printing as a resource to print injection molds. After all, there are some compelling reasons why someone should print injection molds with a 3D printer.

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Tags: 3D printer

See New and Innovative Uses for the Océ ColorWave 700

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 02:24 PM

Wide-format printing technology has definitely reached new heights with the introduction of the Océ ColorWave 700 system. This new, large-format platform from Canon Solutions America is designed to print both graphics and technical wide-format documents equally well. Sure, there are plenty of other printers out there that claim the same, but the ColorWave 700 (CW700) is fundamentally different in that it uses patented TonerPearls rather than ink. This difference opens a wide range of new and improved uses for the Océ ColorWave 700 system.

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Tags: Graphics & photos, Océ wide format plotters, Wide format plotters

Large Format Plotter Reviews – Canon iPF780 vs HP T920 ePrinter

Posted by Dawn Miller on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

When choosing a new wide-format plotter system, there are many factors to consider.  Is it easy to use? What is the print speed? What is the print quality? Is it durable? The research company, Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI Labs), has conducted an independent study comparing two top models, the Canon iPF780 large-format printer and the HP Designjet T920 ePrinter. The study was a series of stringent tests to compare device performance and to report on the strengths and weaknesses of the two products. See how they compare regarding large format plotter reviews in the following categories:

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Tags: Canon iPF plotters

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

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