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Wide Format Printing

Wide format printers allow you to produce large-scale plans and drawings, all without a trip to the print shop. Duncan-Parnell has the wide format printer and scanner supplies you need to successfully print in your office.

Uses for Wide Format Printing

Wide format printing is high-quality printing that occurs on a roll measuring anywhere from 18 to 100 inches wide. Wide format printers can either feature a roll head or a table that feeds the paper or other substrate through the printer.  

Wide format printing has multiple uses. It's commonly used to produce banners and brochures for marketing and advertising, for example. 

Construction companies, architects and engineers also have many uses for wide format printing. Construction drawings and plans are typically much larger than standard letter-size papers. They must be printed on large format substrates. The same is true of geographic information system (GIS) maps and architectural schematics. 

What Do You Need for Wide Format Printing?

Wide format printing companies have made it easy to get started with wide format printing at your office or place of business. First, you need to find a printer that will meet your needs. Printers vary in terms of capacity, security features, and ink types.

You may also get large format printing software. A software program can scan original plans and drawings, allowing you to print, email, or share with other network users.

You'll also need supplies to keep your printer operational. Printers can either produce black-and-white or color plans and drawings. Printer ink and toner doesn't last forever, so you will need to replace the ink as it runs out. The same is true of the print head and maintenance cartridges. 

How to Choose a Wide Format Printer

With so many printer options available, how do you choose the one that's best for your company? There are a few things to consider. 

  • Size: Think about the size of the plans and documents you'll need to print and the available space at your company. Many wide format printers are designed to have a small footprint, so they won't take up much space in your office.
  • Speed: Wide format printers are typically rated by how many prints they can produce per minute. Speed may be an important consideration if you have a lot to print but don't need super high-quality documents. 
  • Quality: Quality matters, as it affects how legible and crisp your plans and drawings are. There are several factors to examine when evaluating a printer's quality, like the number of ink colors, the droplets, and the resolution. Typically, the more colors, the higher the quality. For droplet size, smaller droplets translate to higher quality images.

Choose Duncan-Parnell for Your Wide Format Printing Needs

Duncan-Parnell has the printers, wide format printing services, printing supplies, and software you need to produce drawings and plans in-house. Contact us today to learn more about our products and to get a quote.