If you are in the business of producing large poster size photos or graphics, then you need a very specific type of wide-format printer. Over the years, I have seen many people try to get by with a standard, four color, CAD printer for photo quality images. While it can be done, there is no comparison to the output of a dedicated large-format photo printer.
Historically, wide-format printers have been mainly associated with engineering or construction companies. But, because of changes in technology, there is a whole new world of non-traditional placements in the market. One of these areas is education.
There is a wide-range of applications where a wide-format printer/scanner could benefit the education market. One specific example is the creation of classroom rules posters. Recently, it has become acceptable to allow students to participate in the creation of classroom rules. Although, this may seem counterproductive, research shows that when students are involved in creating the rules, they are more apt to follow the rules.
Look around and you will see that architects and engineers are incorporating more color data into their designs these days. This is largely due to the flourishing influence of BIM applications such as REVIT and Bentley. Likewise, research has shown, time and again, that color details reduce mistakes and greatly increases communication as compared to the traditional black/white format. This new approach has demanded that these companies now print their plans in full-color. Most AEC companies already have a wide-format color plotter in place, but what happens when the work load exceeds the capabilities of that plotter? They could always get a second one, or a third. But, perhaps, it time for a complete paradigm shift. In that case, see how the ColorWave Océ wide format plotter is providing a radical shift from the old inkjet school of thought.
Despite incredible advances in technology, the construction industry remains one of the most inefficient enterprises in the nation concerning labor productivity. (Source: Census Bureau, BLS). The primary reason for this is because many mistakes are made as a result of information not being communicated clearly. So, how can one improve both communication and efficiency? One simple change is to shift the company’s workflow from black/white plans to color construction documents.
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:
Historically, the construction process has been one of the most inefficient work models on the planet. In fact, according to Wikipedia, The construction industry has suffered from a productivity decline since the 1960s while all other non-farm industries have seen large boosts in productivity. The problems in contemporary construction include buildings that are behind schedule and over budget as well as adverse relations among the Owner, General contractor, and Architect.
No matter what wide-format system I'm discussing with a client, I always get asked, "How much does it cost to run it?" First of all, the answer to that question is not always cut and dry. There are many variables to consider such as the types of files printed and the expected print volume.
How many print heads does an iPF755 require? Surprisingly, only one. In fact, the entire line of Canon iPF 5-color technical plotters only utilize one single, durable print head for producing all colors. This is far cry from the HP model of using multiple print heads. The Canon PF print heads are designed for long use. In fact, Canon offers a print head warranty on each new plotter for 1-year or one trillion dots, whatever comes first. But, to truly appreciate the Canon print head and ink technology, let's explore it a bit.
I ran across a GADGETWISE blog post that had some good insight about increasing the longevity of ink jet printer inks. I would say that the main takeaway of the article is that lack of use renders ink jet printers dead. That is something that I preach endlessly to my clients. By the way, this philosophy pertains to both small and large format printers.