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Old Mar 15, 2006, 9:16 AM   #1
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I am looking for a wide carriage printer to use for plotting CAD drawings. I imagine most of the plotting will be in black only, but the other colors might be handy to have on occasion.

My requirements are probably much more modest than those who are doing photo printing. I'm just wondering if there might be a low cost unit out there that would be acceptable for my purposes. No point buying a Rolls Royce when a Ford will do as well!

Any suggestions would be appreciated.



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Old Apr 6, 2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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I am using the i9100 for CAD drawaings for 3 years now. Excellent. I use it for 13x19 or 13x22 paper size which gives you a dwelling say 40'x30' perfectly scaled in the paperspace in 1/4" scale.

I do have a problem with the color printing though.

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Old Apr 9, 2006, 8:32 AM   #3
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HP Designjet series. If you need A1+ (meaning model 100+ and more), there is no competition, including price.
If you want photo quality at A1+ you need 130/160 version depending on network and roll paper feed. It costs fromm $1000 to 2000. the lowest 100+/130 has automatic paper feed for A2 size or less.
Going for A0+ and more will get you into the $10000 for same quality or less.
For A2/A3+ models below 100 will bring you in the consumer products area and competition, but CAD isn't making it at that size, isn't it ?
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 8:46 PM   #4
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What kind of problems with color printing?


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Old May 9, 2007, 4:22 PM   #5
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I am looking for a wide carriage printer to use for plotting CAD drawings. I imagine most of the plotting will be in black only, but the other colors might be handy to have on occasion.
I belive I have found just the thing, as my requirements are very similar to yours.

It's the HP-8350 and can be found for about $200 new (not refurbished).

Lets see ...

1) It uses two cartridges at a time, but will work with just one. (Black, 3 Photo Grey, 3 Photo Color, and 3-Color carts are available)

2) Does up to 13"X19" paper, including quite thick stock.

3) Fast print speeds

4) Can be networked through a USB-ethernet adaptor so every computer in the house can use it.

5)You can get a duplexer for double sided printing

6) Drivers for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux

7) Caps to prevent dryout of unused ink carts included with each Photo ink cart (can be used with any cart.)

8)As it is HP, every ink cart has a new printhead built right in, so if the printer sits idle for months a clog is not fatal (ask an Epson owner about that).

For this kind of use it seems ideal - check it out.



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Old Jul 12, 2008, 5:11 AM   #6
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You should be looking at any thing over 24" or 610 A1 print

You can try Epson range (not your 7or 8 colour but the 4 CMYK) then there is HP,

Roland, Mutoh, Mimaki and even Canon.

More details contact me
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