Watch 6 Different ColorWave 500 Plotter Paper Applications on the Fly

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, May 17, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

Océ ColorWave TonerPearl Systems are quite remarkable. The patented CrystalPoint Technology allows these printers to quickly print both black/white and color images. But, what most people don’t realize is the versatility of these printers. Since the imaging process relies on TonerPearls instead of ink, the documents produced are naturally waterfast and fade resistant. This quality, paired with a wide-range of media options allow the system to do much more than simple color CAD prints. Watch the Océ ColorWave 500 print on different types of plotter paper for variety of different applications.

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Introducing the Océ PlotWave 345/365

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 01:31 PM

The next evolution of Océ wide-format systems is here. The new PlotWave 345 and 365 replace the previous PlotWave 340 and 360 units respectively. Although there are many similarities between all of these models, there are some major improvements under the hood.

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TAVCO Becomes New Bluebeam Partner in Texas

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, May 02, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Architecture, engineering, and construction companies (AEC) are all always looking for ways to become both more efficient and productive. Software applications have certainly been a driving force in this effort. New digital workflows have enabled AEC to accomplish tasks that used to take days in just minutes. Likewise, one of the leading titles in this digital evolution is Bluebeam. TAVCO is proud to announce that we are now an official Texas Bluebeam Partner. Not familiar with it? Check out how this software tool can simplify your workflow and help you win more business.

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3D Print Jewelry for Casting

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

The art of making jewelry has been around for thousands of years, with much of the same techniques in place, until now. Today, instead of creating a wax investments by hand, Jewelers and Designers are utilizing CAD software for the creation of their pieces. This has forced many jewelry makers to venture into 3D printing, although most choose to outsource this work to a large 3D service bureau. Good News! Technology is now at the point where jewelers can 3D print jewelry investments right on their desktops.

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Upgrading a Large Plotter to a Canon MFP? Go with SmartWorks MFP PLUS.

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

It’s that time of year when construction projects are heating up and companies purchase new equipment to keep pace with project demands. Over the years, we have seen Q2 as usually a time of higher activity regarding wide-format equipment. Also, since AEC companies are shifting some of their workflow to more digital applications, full-color drawings are increasing in popularity. Likewise, having the ability to scan plans is crucial. This is where it makes sense to upgrade your older, large plotter to a new MFP plotter/scanner. If you are considering a Canon, here are a few reasons why should spring for the SmartWorks MFP PLUS software upgrade instead of simply sticking with the version that comes with the basic system.

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3D Print Miniatures – How I Made Plunderous Pete Game Pieces

Posted by Adrian Hutchens on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 04:26 PM

Since 1987 a company called Games Workshop has released resin miniatures for a gaming genre known as war gaming.  Each box you buy contains parts to assemble vehicles, creatures, and soldiers. The assembly required painting, sanding, and gluing a 28 millimeter (1.1 in) scale object. Creating enough of these objects for a really great gaming session can take weeks, even months. But now, there is an easier way to quickly get miniatures, 3D Print them.

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Do a Cost per Square Foot Comparison for Wide-Format Plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

If you work in AEC - architecture, engineering, or construction, then you know the way you handle construction drawings has changed dramatically over the years. In the old days, bid sets were printed and distributed by print shops to general contractors and subcontractors. Now, almost all plans are shared electronically via email or some type of online planroom. Obviously, this has resulted in a drop in demand of large volume printing. Traditional reprographic shops have been hit hardest by this change. But, wide-format printing is not dead, it has just shifted.

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TAVCO Named New Formlabs Printer Texas Partner

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Drum roll please! With the ever expanding 3D market in full sight, we have been on the hunt for the next stellar product to champion. So, without further ado, we are proud to announce our joining of forces with Formlabs.  TAVCO is now the new Formlabs Preferred Partner to offer the revolutionary Form 2, Formlabs printer in Texas. You have to see this thing in action!

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See Why the Océ ColorWave 500 Out Shines the New Kip Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 07, 2016 @ 03:37 PM

Today’s CAD environments are a new kind of animal. New, powerful software applications and large, complicated files are the norm and they can literally choke the life out of an old, outdated plotter. These challenges tend to grind an architecture or construction company’s workflow to a halt. In order for these companies to compete and be successful in a heated marketplace, high-stakes deadlines need to be met. To do so, more powerful and sophisticated equipment is needed to meet these challenge head on. One of the new tools that these companies are turning to is a powerful plotter/scanner systems that utilize toner instead of ink jet technology to gain a whole new level of dynamics to their wide-format printing.

In this new space of color-toner wide format machines, there are two primary players, the Kip 800 Series and the Océ ColorWave 500/700. On the surface it seems like a pretty even match, but once you peel back some layers, the Océ simply brings more to the table.

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Killer Plotter Lease Special - 0% Interest for a Limited Time

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Mar 04, 2016 @ 04:31 PM

As the weather is warming, construction is also heating up. Companies are getting busy and looking for more efficient ways of getting things done. If a plotter upgrade is on the horizon for you, now would be a good time to consider a plotter lease. This is a great way to capitalize on new gear without having to expend a large amount of cash.

Until March 31st 2016, Canon Financial Services is offering a 0% interest lease promotion. This certainly is a “no brainer” option if you have already thought about leasing. But, there are some requirements that need to be met. Be sure that you know all the parameters to see if you qualify for this incredible 0% plotter lease offer.

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