I have a simple question, that hopefully someone can point me in the right direction, I was plotting a simple little drawing and went to plot it using one of our Dell Laser printers, and half the objects were missing. I tried a few things, like making sure that the objects were all on printable layers and such and the same thing happend. I then tried printing to another printer (HP Ink Jet) and low and behold all the objects print. Why would objects plot on one printer and not another? Ideas?
The drawing is just a very simple 2D layout of a mounting flange. Basically some circles for the flange, circles for the bolt holes, centerlines and dimensions. Each type was on it's own layer, none of the layers were frozen or locked. All the dimensions printed and 4 out of the six centerlines printed and only one of the six circles for bolt holes printed.
When I plot to a different printer, I get all the objects. I tend to think maybe it might be how the Dell laser printer handles the plot code? The plots were were done identical to each other with the same plot style, same layout, the only thing that changed was which printer I chose.
as a rule, i always plot to a file type before i send to a printer, it eliminates a ton of problems with printer interpretation. My suggestion would be to output to pdf or tiff or jpg and then your printer will handle the language better.
it doesn't solve your problem, but it avoids the problem with a guaranteed result... dwf would work too. Don't worry, if the printer isn't post script enabled it doesn't matter because it'll convert it to a jpeg or other format the printer understands.
plotting direct is danger (in my opinion).