Jump to content
  • 0
Sign in to follow this  
Drake

Mac Wide Format Printers

Question

We are a Mac office looking for a new wide format printer. Our needs are as follows: (2) rolls (D & E size paper), B&W (we do not need color, but will take it), fast printing, OS X compatible, less than $15,000 (preferably way less).

We are looking at some toner based printers (KIP) but the drivers for the mac are pretty weak. The print quality is sharp, though.

We currently use a pair of HP 430 DesignJets and they are much too slow for our needs, plus print quality is not as good as we would like.

I would really appreciate any recommendations. Really!

Share this post


Link to post

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

  • 0

Looks like this question went over like a lead balloon.

We have opted for a KIP 3000. Two rolls, electro-photography (think Laser), scanning and copying. Does not print in color but does scan in color (send color scans to reprographics house for color prints). We tested some of our beefiest files and they plotted from our Powerbook (OS 10.4) using Vectorworks 11 in about a minute (from the time we pressed 'print' to the time we held the print in our hands). Most files take closer to 30 seconds.

We do not yet have a machine in our office, but I hope to post updates in about 3 or 4 months.

It runs about $16,000...I think.

Share this post


Link to post
  • 0

We currently use a pair of HP 430 DesignJets and they are much too slow for our needs, plus print quality is not as good as we would like.

Workflow-wise, I'd rather go for two or three cheaper and slower printers than one fast one (which may break down). Or maybe one really fast for BW jobs, one or two for colour. Colour is, after all, the future. HPs seem to be nowadays OK - I've almost forgiven them the headaches of the 400-series caused.

Edited by Petri

Share this post


Link to post
  • 0

I considered your point about work flow. If the one machine goes down, we lock up. Our backup plan is to print to PDF and send prints to our reprographic service (something we already do with big jobs, as it is actually faster when printing sets of 6 sheets or more...even factoring in delivery time).

We expect color could become standard in the next 4 or 5 years...at which time we will look for a color solution.

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Answer this question...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

 

7150 Riverwood Drive, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA   |   Contact Us:   410-290-5114

 

© 2018 Vectorworks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Vectorworks, Inc. is part of the Nemetschek Group.

×
×
  • Create New...