When printing from AutoCAD, what wide format color printer/plotter do you recommend for printing construction drawings with occasional imagery? We'll need to plot 36"x48" and having multiple rolls is a bonus.
I'm also researching possible replacements for a color scanner as well so if you have recommendations on that please let me know.
How much printing per month do you anticipate?
Approximately 1200 per year. (We try to be green by printing half scale or sending PDFs.)
What do you use now for this ability?
How much do you want to spend?
Similar cost range as hp1050c was 10 years ago adjusted for inflation.
What size scanner?
Need to be able to scan 24x36 sheets.
What will it replace?
Vidar Select M36.
Hi about 6 months ago we replaced our plotter (Hp Designjet 500 42 inch) with a HP T2300 E mps again 42inch.
This plots in colour & also scans in colour as well. To date we have had no real issues with it. It can be a bit picky when loading paper but otherwise no real problems.
You can set it so that it will scan to a network but ours is set so that if the engineers need a scan they just plug a stick into the USB on the front. One advantage of that is that things are not left sitting on the network that don't need to be. I would say the disadvantage is if you scan large drawings to PDF it does create very large files even though we have it set to the lowest setting.
As well as scanning it will also just "Copy" a hard copy. Useful when you need to send out some hand marked up drawings in a hurry but keep the originals.
It does use both an A0 & A1 roll of paper & just chooses which roll when the plot "arrives". You can also do re-plots from the font panel if you need extra copies.
It has been good for us so far but was quite expensive to buy.
Sounds like it has some nice features. I'll definitely take a look at it. I like your suggestion of using the USB stick for scan to file.
Thanks for the feedback.
We are basically in the same boat (Looking for Wide Format Plotters and Color Scanners).
I'm stirring up the pot to see what floats up to the top. Hopefully this will help up both out.
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