Understanding Wide-Format Plotter Paper Weights

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

Like any other industry, the wide-format equipment sector is extremely competitive. As such, you typically will not find many companies openly sharing positive information about their direct competitors.


But, this is one of those rare, shining moments when I am bucking the trend and actually giving one of my rivals a “tip of the hat.” After all, good info is good info.


Chris Johnson at CAD Supplies Specialty in Austin, TX published a column in their November 2015 Newsletter explaining differences in wide format plotter paper weights. I thought this article was very insightful.

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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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Create Magic with Wide Format Plotter Paper on an Océ ColorWave 500

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jan 17, 2016 @ 05:00 PM

Without a doubt, the Océ ColorWave 500, by Canon, stands out as one of the most unique and innovative large format systems on the market today. The driving force behind its uniqueness is the one-of-a-kind printing technology used by the ColorWave – Océ CrystalPoint Technology. This is a process where small TonerPearls, each about the size of a paint ball, are heated to a gelled state before they are precisely jetted onto the print material. The concept is similar to inkjet, but since the TonerPearls are, in fact, toner and not ink, all of the frustrating issues experienced with traditional inkjet plotters are absent—wet media, curled prints, smudging images, etc.

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The Problem with Printing on Oce Tyvek Paper Solved

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Jun 08, 2014 @ 04:48 PM

Just look around new construction sites and you will spot plenty of Tyvek material. It is the plastic “wrap” that builders use to provide a moisture barrier on newly constructed homes and buildings. But, Tyvek has other uses besides wrapping new construction projects. It is also used for shipping envelopes (Think FedEx), luggage tags and even as an extremely durable print media. Canon Solutions America provides a version branded as Océ Tyvek Banner, but some users have complained about problems with printing on the Océ Tyvek Paper. Once this issue is investigated, however, it usually turns out to be user error.

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Benefit From Better Ink - Canon LUCIA EX Details

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Apr 21, 2011 @ 11:23 AM

For some time now, LUCIA EX inks have been the staple of the Canon line of imagePROGRAF 12-color printers. These are fantastic units that are made specifically for photography and fine art applications. The image quality from a twelve color printer is unmatched. In fact, these units are often held in the highest regard by many prominent artists in the industry.

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