Wide-format plan printer buyers’ guide
The history of drafting can be traced back to 2000 BC, when a fossilised plan was found showing an aerial view of a Babylonian fortress. Ever since man has been building, erecting or fabricating, there has been a need to convey technical information. There was a fundamental shift in the drafting process when CAD replaced the drafting board. Engineers and architects no longer handed their master drawings to a designer, who handed it to a detailer, who perhaps eventually gave the approved drawing to a tracer or even to an inker. With CAD software there is no physical object to pass through the ranks. Everything is digital. We don’t get a physical sheet drawing until the design is over. It’s not always easy getting your design on paper. Each CAD program has its own methods of printing, but we all have similar hardware issues to address when we print from CAD software. When it’s time to get a new plotter (and when I say plotter, I mean wide-format printer), there are a few things to consider when considering the right one for your business.
What do you need to print?
Every company is going to have different printing needs. Different design industries will have different requirements as well. The first step in picking out the printer hardware is to determine what you print. Create a list of what your new machine will need to accomplish. Start with the size of the drawings - list every size and frequency. Will any printing be outsourced or will multiple sheet sets be printed in house? This will help determine the tray and feed roll capacities. If multiple sets will be printed, then print speed will have to be considered.
Who will be printing?
Think about the end users as well. Will multiple users be printing at the same time? This could clog up printing and frustrate staff. Depending on workload, two printers may be a wise choice.
Aarque Group have one of New Zealand’s largest ranges of plan printers. Contact Mitch Boocock today to discuss your requirements.
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