TAVCO Wide-Format and 3D Printer Blog

New Canon CAD Plotters Announced – iPF670 & iPF770

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

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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

5 Benefits of Océ Direct Print over Kip Print - Large Format Software

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 @ 09:00 PM

Without a doubt, Kip and Océ are currently the two biggest providers of professional, LED, wide-format systems out there. So naturally, when companies look to upgrade their equipment, these two brands get a hard look. But, when comparisons are made, prospective companies tend to focus mostly on hardware specifications, disregarding the impact that software has on their company’s workflow. Why is this? After all, software is usually how people engage with plotters during their day-to-day activities. Therefore, the functionality of large-format software is crucial to the overall wide-format solution. When comparing the Océ and Kip options, Océ Print Direct clearly outshines Kip Print in five areas.

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters, Software solutions, Competitive comparison

See the Canon iPF 8400 Support Marvel's Captain America

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 06, 2015 @ 06:30 AM


An Unexpected Use for Wide-format Printers:

Making movies in Hollywood is usually not the first thing you envision when it comes to wide-format printers, but Russell Bobbit thinks otherwise. He is the Property Manager for Marvel's latest Captain America, The Winter Soldier. See how he has incorporated the printer into his creative process. Here's how:

  • Before manufacturing expensive props, the creative team reviews true-to-life, graphical representations before making the decision to move forward with the creation of the prop
  • The large graphic printers can also be utilized by others in the art department for life size posters and banners
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Tags: color printing, Graphics & photos, Canon iPF plotters

Perfect Map Plotter Solution With a Graphics Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 @ 12:33 PM

When it comes to printing maps, often a standard CAD plotter is not be the best choice for the job. This is because printing maps or aerial photos require more than basic plotters can provide.  So, what are the key points that you should consider when researching a map plotter? Here are a few important aspects to keep in mind.

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Tags: GIS & map printing, Wide format plotters

3 Reasons Why an Océ PlotWave 360 Plotter is a Good Investment

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

If your business is dependent on reliable wide-format printing, you need to ensure that your staff can have the performance that they need, when they need it. Whether you are looking to replace an old LED plotter or simply make the upgrade into a toner system from ink jet technology, the Océ PlotWave is a solid contender. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider an Océ PlotWave 360

Speed & Performance – Reason #1

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Tags: Océ wide format plotters

Now Hiring Field Service Technician - Job Opening

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

We are growing and hiring more people for our dynamic team in Central Texas!

TAVCO Services, Inc. has a full-time, entry-level position to enter the exciting field of digital imaging. This
 position requires mechanical ability with knowledge of computer hardware and software. If you seek a job which allows weekends off, paid benefits, technical training, and a friendly and exciting work environment, this might be the right fit for you. 

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Tags: Wide format plotters, 3D printer

Plotter Technology Comparison – Toner vs Inkjet (Updated)

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Nov 24, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

The comparison between which wide-format plotter technology is better, toner or ink jet, has been questioned among companies looking for new equipment for years. Historically, this has been relatively easy to examine. The cost of ink jet printing is higher, but the price of the toner-based equipment was more expensive than their ink jet counterparts. After some calculations, the break-even point was determined at about 2,000 square feet per month of print volume. However, the playing field has changed. Ink prices have dropped and some ink jet systems have gotten faster. So, how do the two plotter technologies compare now?

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Tags: Wide format plotters, AEC

Top Reasons for Wide Format Printers for Construction Subcontractors

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 07:30 AM

When it comes to construction projects, Subcontractors (Subs) are the heart and soul of any job. General Contractors and Architects rely on their Subs (HVAC, plumbing, lighting, electrical, concrete, etc.) to complete the project on time and under budget. So, efficiency and productivity are the keys to subcontractor success. But, it is a changing world and some subcontractors have issues adapting to some of the shifting business dynamics within the construction industry.

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Tags: Construction plans, Wide format plotters, AEC

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