For decades, mid-sized architectural and engineering offices relied on toner plotters to bring blueprints and large-format documents to life. These trusty workhorses delivered the precision and scale needed for professional drawings.


However, the technology landscape is ever-changing, and a significant shift has emerged in plotting. Today, ink technology has caught up with and surpassed traditional toner-based machines, ushering in a new era of plotting capabilities.


This article is your guide to this transformative shift and the introduction of the innovative HP DesignJet XL-3800—a game-changer that's faster, greener, more secure, and cost-efficient. Prepare to redefine your plotting experience.


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The Plotter Landscape Today

Plotter users hail from diverse professions, including architects, engineers, construction professionals, graphic designers, and marketing teams. Essentially, anyone who needs to produce large-format documents or visuals can benefit from a plotter.


Businesses across various industries, such as architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), manufacturing, and advertising, rely on plotters to create detailed technical drawings, construction plans, posters, banners, and more.


But why print when digital workflows seem to dominate? The answer lies in the tangible advantages that printed drawings offer. Large-format printouts continue to hold sway in industries like AEC, where collaboration, presentations, and project documentation play a vital role.


Meet the HP DesignJet XL-3800

As the era of toner-based plotters gradually fades into history, it's time to embrace the future of plotting technology. The HP DesignJet XL-3800 stands at the forefront of this revolution, offering an impressive array of features that address the limitations of legacy toner plotters.


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The Three Pillars of Innovation in the XL-3800


Seamless: Elevating Workflow

Effortless 1-Click Printing and Scanning: Say farewell to complex setups. With a single click, printing and scanning become a breeze.

Remote Printing for Workgroups: Boost productivity even when you're away from the office. Enable remote printing to keep your projects flowing smoothly.

Real-Time Monitoring Tools: Maintain absolute control with real-time monitoring, ensuring your print tasks are consistently on schedule and meeting expectations.


Secure: Protecting Your Valuables

Safeguarding Your Assets: The HP DesignJet XL-3800 Plotter incorporates advanced measures to protect your invaluable data.

Real-Time Monitoring Tools: Maintaining control is paramount. Real-time monitoring empowers users to supervise print jobs continuously, ensuring operations stay on track.

HP Wolf Security - A Robust Guardian: Security is non-negotiable. The HP Wolf Security feature acts as an impenetrable defense against the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats, fortifying the security of your printer's access points.


Sustainable: Environmental Commitment

Environmental Responsibility: Sustainability is a pressing concern today. Many leading AEC firms have already embraced sustainability initiatives. The HP XL 3800 Plotter embodies this dedication.

Utilization of Recycled Materials: The commitment to sustainability extends from the product to the packaging. By incorporating recycled materials, the XL-3800 reduces its environmental footprint while maintaining unwavering performance.

Going Beyond Forest Conservation: HP leads the way in forest preservation through its Forest First initiative, taking proactive steps to reduce waste and promote recycling.


Targeting AEC Printing Needs

The HP DesignJet XL-3800 is tailor-made for the specific demands of AEC professionals, offering unparalleled speed, security, and efficiency.

XL-3800 Product Details:

  • 6 D-size color pages per minute print speed
  • 20-second first printout print speed
  • 1-click scan and copy functions
  • HP Flex Inks - 100% pigment ink - sizeable 500ml ink cartridges
  • Large ink swath path - 2.6 inches - lays down more ink per pass of the print head.
  • Two media rolls (3" core size, 500-foot rolls capacity)
  • Large, easy-to-use UI
  • Includes a 100-page integrated stacker
  • Memory: 256GB NVMe (8GB RAM)
  • Connectivity: LAN/Wi-Fi/Wi-Fi Direct
  • Software Solutions: HP Command Center, HP Smart, HP Click, HP Smart Stream, HP Smart Tracker

The Future of Plotting

As we look ahead, the HP XL-3800 is poised to shape the plotting future, offering scalability, risk mitigation, and compliance capabilities that meet the ever-evolving demands of AEC workflows.


Is your large-format printing network battle-ready?


The HP DesignJet XL-3800 is equipped with HP Wolf Security, an impenetrable shield against ever-evolving cyber threats. With this onboard security system, your data is safeguarded against intrusions and malicious attacks, ensuring the integrity of your confidential information.


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HP XL-3800 Takeaways

In summary, the HP DesignJet XL-3800 is not merely a printer; it's a solution designed to meet the evolving needs of architects, engineers, and contractors. It replaces outdated toner plotters with a faster, greener, more secure, and cost-efficient alternative. This innovation is not just about enhancing efficiency; it's about revolutionizing your plotting experience.


Staying ahead of the curve is essential as the world transitions to new printing technologies. The HP DesignJet XL-3800 is your gateway to the future of plotting. Its advanced features, seamless workflow, and robust security set the standard for excellence in the AEC industry.


So, why wait? Embrace the future of plotting with TAVCO and the HP DesignJet XL-3800. Contact us today for a consultation, product demonstration, or a tailored discussion on how this remarkable plotter can elevate your AEC projects while staying within your budget. 

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Kevin Vaughan
Post by Kevin Vaughan
October 23, 2023
Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Digital Marketing, and E-Commerce channels. With over two decades of experience, he has received various awards for sales performance and channel growth. Published articles focus on AEC technologies including laser scanning, 3D cameras, CAD software, and large format plotters. When he is not geeking out on new technologies, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or Scuba diving.