Will the HP 1050c plotter finally go away?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Dec 15, 2019 @ 09:00 PM

There's no doubt, the Designjet 1050 plotter was a wildly successful model for HP. After all, tens of thousands of them were sold and installed throughout the United States during the early to mid-2000s.


Unbelievably, there are still a ton of those units still in the field and in use today. That fact is certainly a testament to the build quality of the 1050 series, but, that model has reached the end of its effectiveness and usefulness in the modern workplace.


If you still have one, there is a good chance that you are experiencing the law of diminishing returns firsthand. So, upgrading it for newer technology is a no-brainer. Learn why.

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What Are the Benefits of a Plotter Service Contract?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Dec 10, 2019 @ 08:24 AM

Have you noticed that when you buy something at a big-box store, such as Best Buy, you are always offered an optional extended warranty option? 


Most of the time, I blow these off. It doesn’t make sense to me to buy a $29 warranty on a $100 Bluetooth headset. But, once you start looking at bigger ticket items, like a plotter printer, an ongoing service plan or an extended warranty becomes a justifiable necessity. 

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Use the Right Plotter Paper Supplies

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 @ 07:39 AM

One thing that most people don’t realize is that when it comes to inkjet printing is the quality of the plotter paper supplies is paramount—it makes all the difference in the world.


Even if you have a very basic 4-color printer, you can get much better print quality just by upgrading the type of paper that you use.


This has a significant impact when you print wide format documents. Here’s a breakdown of some different print media.

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Increasing the Speed of Steel Construction

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 10:15 AM

Guest article by Christian Erickson of Qnect - Connection Engineering and Design Software


“This nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.”
~ President John F. Kennedy May 25, 1961

 

That was a big goal. We know the outcome. Goal reached.

 

Another big goal in the building and construction was recently announced. Specifically in the structural steel sector - a growing and important part of any project.

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Easily Create Classroom Posters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Nov 05, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

Despite today's vast digital communication options, printed media still commands a strong position. Thought some may consider it "old school", it remains one of the most successful methods of conveying ideas.


In fact, research indicates that the use of visual aids typically increases retention of the presented material six times more than when the information is only provided verbally.


One group of professionals who probably knows this better than anyone is educators.


Teachers are really some of the best creators of visual aids. They consistently use posters, signs, and other visual aids to engage students, teach new concepts, and help build connections for long-term retrieval.

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What is Bluebeam® Revu® and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Nov 01, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

Chances are if you work in construction, you have probably at least heard of Bluebeam® Revu®. Although it is quickly becoming an industry standard, there are plenty of people who just don’t know what it is or what it does.


Essentially, Bluebeam Revu is a software application that allows users to markup, takeoff, organize, and collaborate with PDF files like never before. Here's how. 


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Bluebeam® Revu® 2019 Officially Released

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Oct 29, 2019 @ 08:45 AM

The latest version of Bluebeam® Revu®, version 2019 has been released and AEC users have a lot to smile about. On the surface, you may not think much has changed, but under the hood, Revu 2019 is completely rebuilt.


The result is the fastest and most convenience version of Bluebeam ever. Check out the improvements.

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Why You Should Reconsider Getting a HP Designjet 1700dr Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 08:15 AM

The Designjet 1700dr is HP’s latest wide-format printer iteration targeting CAD and GIS workgroups. As per the product’s nomenclature, the “dr” refers to a dual roll model.


Die-hard fans of HP will look at this unit with blind admiration. However, There is more than meets the eye when it comes to it.

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Reasons Why You Should Buy a New Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 09:39 PM

Your old plotter has served you well for years. But, how much is that old technology holding you back? Probably more than you think. 


Companies generally are pretty good about keeping their IT assets up to date. But surprisingly, this is usually constrained to server, workstation and software assets.


Unfortunately, companies often tend to overlook upgrading their wide format equipment with the same level of importance as other technology. Is this the case with you?


Face it; it may be time to upgrade and buy a new plotter. Otherwise, it may be costing you much more than you think. Here's why.

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Bluebeam Revu Announced Drawings at XCON

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 09:42 AM

As technology in the construction industry advances, access to digital files, both in the office and the field, is becoming paramount. After all, this type of functionality promotes better communication across all partner channels. Keeping everyone on the same page makes jobs run more smoothly and earns companies more money.

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Compare wide format printers – Canon vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:20 PM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! 


Buyers today generally start their research on the web, and for good reason. There is a lot of content available for them to explore. 


So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison between the well-known HP Designjet T730 and the new, popular Canon TM 300.


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Bluebeam Revu Update v.2018.6

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 @ 08:51 AM

Be sure to update to the latest version of Bluebeam Revu. v.2018.6. 

See below for release notes. 

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How to Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 06:23 PM

Construction documents are full of data, today more than ever. Often contractors or other project partners need to quickly search a set of plans to identify specific, important information.

Unfortunately, manually reviewing a set of printed plans is laborious, tedious, and invites mistakes. Luckily, there is a faster and more accurate way - the Search Tool in Blubeam Revu. For those who use it, Bluebeam's Search Tool is a game-changer for working with construction plans.

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What About the Duty Cycle of Wide Format Printers?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

Duty Cycle -- It's a term that is normally related to office copiers or desktop printers. It usually refers to the maximum number of pages that a particular printer can produce in a month.


So, it is common to see a number like 20,000 or 60,000 when looking at those specs.


But, how does the term “duty cycle” relate to wide format printers?

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Create a Punch List for Construction Using Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 04, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

When construction projects approach completion, a Punch List is one of the final activities that must be conducted.


Essentially, this is a list of repairs and incomplete work items remaining at the end of a project that must be finished by specialty contractors to address and fix, before the project is completed, plan submittals are completed, and the project is handed over to the building owner.


According to the Business Directory, this is the definition of a Punch List:


A listing of items requiring immediate attention before finalizing a construction project. It is a document listing work that does not conform to contract specifications, usually attached to the certificate of substantial completion. The contractor must correct the punch list work before receiving payment.

The topics of a punch list can be wide-ranging. For example, door adjustments, flooring issues, electrical problems, and damaged wood trim are all potential items in a punch list.


For decades, this has happened via a manual paper/pen process that is slow, tedious, and marred with potential communication problems.


Luckily, now, software applications, like Bluebeam Revu, provide a way to quickly and easily complete a punch list and keep every stakeholder up to speed, in real time.

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