What exactly are large format printers? These can be defined as printers that can produce a final print larger than the standard A4/A3 size found with most standard computer printers. They are often “roll” printers and can support roll widths of between 18″, (45 to 46 cm), up to 100″ (254 cm). The larger the printed image the more the definition will be affected. The initial image and graphics have also to be of very high quality. These are specialist printers. They would either be used by design studios producing high-quality visual images and graphics. The other main use would be in electronic and general engineering or architecture design. These applications will possibly use large formatprinters in conjunction with industry standard software such as Auto Cad. Again precision would be all important. An engineer may have to work from, for example, an A2 side elevation Auto Cad drawing on a specific feature that had to be welded precisely.
Equally specialized design graphic software like Photoshop may be used to produce visual images of say a hair product, which will go on display. Any large format printers that are used will have to make sure that the definition, color blends and hues, along with any details are clearly printed without fuzzy edges, bleeding or lack of definition in the final print.
Also, large format printers can be used for “one off” mock ups. If a large advertising billboard is to be produced, then it would help looking first at a larger image as part of the design process.
A further use for large format printers would be in producing a large spreadsheet or as plans that could be used in departmental meetings on a daily basis.
There is a range of different large format printers available. A small design studio may require a printer that produces the odd mockup or limited runs of a particular design or poster. There are some machines that can produce tens of thousands of pages a month. It is, therefore, important to have a large format printer that fits the needs of your particular business or concern. Check out Gom for more details.
Hewlett Packard (HP) Printers
All the major brands are now producing a variety of large or wide format printers. To look at one example of large format printers Sydney has today is from HP that is available currently:
HP Designjet Z3200ps 44-In Photo Printer
This is a printer best suited for a design studio. The best resolution is “optimized” 2400 x 1200 dpi (dots per inch) for black and white prints and the same level of resolution for color printing. The maximum “media” width is 44″ or between 111 – 112 cm. The maximum roll length is 300′ or 762 cm.
This printer can use paper rolls, or individual sheet feeds. It also uses “Media Bin”, an HP software support system. There is also a wide variety of print cartridges available. An automatic cutter can cut all media with the exception of canvas.
Another interesting feature is the variety of different media that can be used for printing. This includes a whole range of different photographic papers and art printing medium of all kinds. Plastics and films, fabrics and silks can all be printed upon.