Can you and or should you rent a large format plotter in singapore?
Well , in short yes you should go for a rental model however you need to consider a few things before you do. In this post you will find some suggestions that will help you understand what is involved when you choose to go down this route.
We can rent a number of machines we specialise in HP Designjets, HP Pagewide XL machines, And HP T3600 XL MFP. Since we are a corporate resller for hewlette packard in singapore rest assured the prices you will get from us will be the very best.
So lets get to it, what do we mean by renting a machine?
A rental is often misunderstood, by many of our clients, so let me explain. You can “rent” or “lease” a machine from us for a set period of time, during that time we USC Solutions will be in charge of the up keep and maintenance of the machine. The minimum duration for a rental is not how most would understand of it being 3-6 months , but the minimum rental duration is anywhere from 2 to 5 years. Then at the end of this rental period the machine is then collected back by the finance company, or in some cases you are able to purchase the machine for continued use at the end of the lease. Do bear in mind however, if you do extend beyond the lease contract you must sign a service agreement with USC solutions in order to continue to deal with the upkeep of the machine.
What do we choose to rent a plotter machine?
Here are some reasons why you would choose to rent instead of purchase a machine outright from us.
There is less one time capital expenditure
You treat the rental as an expense for your accounting purposes
You don’t have to worry about disposing or what to do with the machine at the end of the lease
your project is not going to be so long
Attractive interest rates being offered by financial institutions.
The top reason that most of our clients prefer to rent a large format plotter from us, is because they prefer to preserve their cash and pay monthly. To give you an example
Suppose you were to buy a plotter that was worth $19,000, that $19K would be a cash outlay.
Instead if we were do do a rental programme for 5 years at an interest rate of only 2.8% , that would mean that monthly you should be looking at a payment of $361 per month.
Given the two choices many clients choose to rent the machine, after all if you rent certain machines from us we will supply you printheads, inks, service and support for the duration of the 5 years. So you are rest assured that your machine and productivity is not at all compromised.
In what case should we rent a machine?
Namely i would advice you to rent a machine if you have a set duration for a project and after that do not want to use this machine. I also would encourage you to rent a machine if you are an organization that likes to upgrade or practices upgrading infrastructure every 5 years. This is so that your technology is not old and is able to grow with you and your business.
Should you have any more questions or would like to find out more feel free to contact us : email@example.com
How can you avoid making mistakes when choosing your next plotter machine, this is absolutely critical and something which you the user must be aware of in order to avoid any costly mistakes that may take place.
Here are 5 things that you absolutely must know about when it comes to choosing and selecting the ideal plotter for your company and organization. This list provides you a handy guide to choosing the right A0 & A1 Plotter here in Singapore.
1. Choose an Authorised Reseller / Partner:
Always check with the company or manufacturer if the product you are purchasing is from an authorized reseller or partner.
Failure to do so will cause you and your organization a myriad of problems as you progress forward, especially in terms of the costs you are paying and the consumables you are purchasing.
In some cases, we have seen very cheap machines from reputed brands going to customers however they are often refurbished or second hand.
The unauthorized reseller will simply sell you the machine without any proper warranty and there might be hidden costs when it comes to services which you will inadvertently incur.
Our Company USC Solutions Pte Ltd is not only an authorized Desngjet business partner, and we are also a technical Designjet partner so rest assured that when you purchase from us you are purchasing the very latest at the best price and the highest quality.
2. Beware of companies overcharging you by way of monthly rental
In a recent case we encountered, a customer was being offered a seemingly low monthly amount from an errant supplier.
In a recent case, we encountered a customer who was being charged $190/month x 60 months for an entry-level large-format multifunctional printer.
The total cost came up to : $11,400 !!
The actual cost of the machine if you were to purchase outright would only be $5900!!
The customer was overcharged by almost two times the amount!
When you enter into any monthly rental by way of lease or hire purchase , always find out what is the interest rate you will pay, usually in singapore it ranges from 2.9% to 4.5% depending on the mechanics of the program
Secondly, always check with other vendors what is the outright price of the machine and then make your decision from there.
It is sad to see so many non-authorised suppliers behaving and offering customers solutions such as these which is a disservice to the customers.
3. Track Record and Proof of Works Conducted
Since there are such a high number of sellers and the ease in which an online store can be started. It is extremely difficult to avoid thinking that the company you are purchasing from is competent to conduct the works.
A recent search on Lazada shows a great number of vendors listing large format equipment, however, these vendors are either not authorized vendors or they really have no experience in setting up and providing a useful solution for the customers.
Always, always insist that the vendor you are engaging has a track record of installations from companies that are reputable.
USC Solutions Pte Ltd, has installed, maintained, delivered and serviced a large number of customers that range from reputable private companies to government sectors.
4. Trained and certified Service and Support
A recent case also involved a machine being supplied to a reputable construction company in Singapore.
This company purchased the machine however did not inquire or ask who would service the machine they purchased.
They paid a hefty price for their mistake, the machine was purchased at over $15,000 and the machine broke down and once again they had to pay a further amount in order to fix the machine.
Always insist that you are covered by a warranty program and the person who is selling you the machine has a team of certified engineers ready to fix the machine should it require servicing
5. Engage With Qualified and Competent Award Winning Sales People
Most salespeople you will encounter will generally not take the time to really understand the issues you are facing.
They are there to move a box and not a solution.
Boxes are great, but solutions are much better. The investment you are making such as a printer will be with you and your company for a number of years. So if you make a decision that is incorrect it will be a waste of money and time for you and your organization.
Do not be easily swayed by High trade-in values, as usually, these are just a way to mask the true value of a machine.
Do not be taken by the additional free gifts that are on offer such as, mobile phones, laptops or other goodies which are most likely costed into your purchase price.
Be vigilant towards the demeanor and competence of the salesperson and when possible try to view a demo of the machine.
Viewing a demo of a machine will allow viewing the company set up and also give accreditation to the authority of the company.
USC Solutions Pte Ltd has been in Singapore since 1958 and we continue to be the leading provider of Large Format Solutions.
In addition to that, we have received multiple awards from manufacturers and continue to strive to be the best.
In closing, always try to verify the validity of statements and do some research before investing your companies money into any solution. Speak to other customers who own the machine and make an educated decision based on your research. We at USC Solutions Pte Ltd, adhere to the highest standards of providing our customers with great machines at great prices with a solid technical support. Do visit our website at www.uscsolns.com for more information. If you are looking for reprographic machines we also have a site dedicated for this and you may visit www.largeformatspecialist.com.sg.
Print On Golf Balls, Bags, Gifts, Leather, Acrylic and so much more!
In this blog post i would like to take some time to explain what UV printing is all about, some recommendations of UV printing machines that are available in Singapore.
So lets start of with some basics, there are many types of ink inkjet machines and models, also there are a number of ink formulations which are available. It is important to realise that there is no ‘single’ machine capable of doing everything which you need. That is because the surface on which the ink lands can be different, so if you want to print on eg. leather the machine and the ink formula must allow your ink to bond successfully with the ‘substrate’.
UV printing in Singapore is fairly new, and this is how the ink works. Ink is released from the print head and here’s where the magic happens..immediately upon its release and landing on your substrate it is cured. Which means you are able to print on virtually any type of substrate or surface without first treating the surface or purchasing media that has to be coated. That is a game changing technology !
Traditionally if you were to print on leather, you would use a process called silk screening whereby you would apply colors one at a time, but then you would need to make individual screens and the process is extremely time consuming not to mention labor intensive. UV printing is what is here to reduce the reliance of silk screening and digitizing the whole process.
So in a nutshell , the UV printing process is much simpler and all you need to do is load the item or product you wish to print on, position it and press the print button. This allows you to get creative…..and i really do mean creative!
So besides just doing the regular type of printing which may range from logo, some graphics etc. UV printing has an extremely distinct advantage. This advantage will literally blow your mind! Printing with our printers allow you to now create effects, such as emboss, spot gloss, textures, and unique patterns. Read on to see this little experiment which i did using our UV printers.
Faux Snake Skin EZ-Link Card
Snake Skin UV Printed
Emboss Effect Uv Printer
In the above image, i wanted to have the most unique Ez-link card in Singapore! So i decided that i would print out a snake skin texture directly onto the surface of this card.
So , i went on google and searched for snake skin images, which i then put into photo shop and added the text to. Once that was complete i sent it to the Mutoh 426 UH printer and the machine did the rest. Meaning, the texture was automatically created by the machine!
So if you take a close look at the image you will see where the text is embossed also you will notice the snake skin texture along the card, there is a slight bleed through from the image at the back, which can be easily corrected by printing a black layer first and then the textures on top.
Think of all the things you could possibly create with the UV printer!
Uv printer singapore
Uv printing technology
The UV printer uses primarily 4 colors (CMYK) , however you will realise if for example you would like to print on black leather, you won’t be able to do that if you just use 4 colors. This is the reason why our UV machine comes with White+ Varnish.
White ink serves to add a layer of white behind a dark surface in order to create contrast and vibrancy, so when you are considering a UV printer for your gift printing or future business it is important to select a machine which gives you the best White. There are a number of machines available in the market and i find some of them to yellow quickly or the white is simply not that white….which to put it bluntly sucks because then the rest of the colors are affected. So that’s my biggest tip for you!
Secondly, varnish. This ink ..well its not really an ‘ink’ per say however it is a liquid that adds gloss and additional fixation properties to a UV print. If you wish to do things like spot gloss or create beautiful prints on black surfaces just using varnish. This machine will surely be up to the task.
Details and text
With UV printing, because of the properties of instant drying, printing out it incredibly small text and fonts is achieved with the greatest of ease and accuracy. The ink simply does not have time to smear (i am talking on a microscopic level) it dries immediately when it makes contact with the surface so it retains all the possible details.
Would you believe it , it can print as small as a 3 pt text which basically looks like this :
This level of super fine detail is almost unheard of, however it just goes to show you the technical prowess of the capabilities of this UV printing machine. A good example of when you may need to print this small, is from one of my customers who prints the watch faces directly onto the metal to allow for customization of watches for their individual clients. Pretty nifty to own a watch which has your name on it !
There are no doubt a tonne of applications that can be used with our printer. The ability to print on almost anything is a BIG deal. If you are thinking about starting your own brand or business, you could source your products and then ship them over to Singapore and brand them accordingly. Then you would have the option of adding texture, details and other featured enhancements which would create a definite value for your product.
The biggest problem that we have in the Singapore gift market is the problem of MOQ! If you have ever tried sourcing for your companies corporate gifts you will know what i mean, just after you have selected your gift the next question would be “how many of this do you need?” This forces customer to sometimes purchase more than they need, worse they purchase generic gifts for their customers. So if you were thinking about giving a real special gift to your top 50 customers, you wouldn’t be able to do so simply because it would cost too much to run an MOQ and this would be extremely prohibitive. So having or knowing someone who has a UV printer would make it simple to run small batches quickly.
What about name cards! we use them everyday, however most name cards are printed on 300 gsm stock card and are at best simple and easily forgotten! Well with a printer like this you could offer customers a service of creating exquisite name cards printed on laminated bamboo as an example! You could add color, texture and gloss and create the most amazing name cards ever!
So as you can see, the versatility of these printers and the technology truly make it a great investment if you are ready to get creative and carve out markets where no one has ventured to yet !
Contact us today to schedule a demonstration or just to learn more! We are always happy to help.
Roth+Weber, or ROWE as it is most commonly known as, has been in the wide format market for almost 60 years! You may not have heard of this brand before, but it is set to make big waves in the monochrome printing market here in Singapore.
Why? you may be wondering. Well in order to know the answer to this question it is important to know a little more about this company so that you have a better understanding.
First here are some facts that you should be familiar with before going forward :
It is the only large format laser machine that is still wholly manufactured in Germany.
Through USC Solutions Pte Ltd, full support is provided along with all spare parts and key personnel trained to handle this machine here in Singapore
It is extremely reliable and a true workhorse.
Rowe is a focused manufacturer that only deals with Large Format equipment and unlike other manufacturers with many different product lines, Rowe remains purely in the large format market.
ROWE has won a number of awards and accolades in terms of technology, some larger brands have only recently been ‘inspired’ by Rowe product designs.
So, let’s explore this company a little more in depth. The company as a leading manufacturer of perfect solutions for A0 document processing develops and produces all products within its facility- 100 % Made in Germany.
ROWE has been concentrating on specialization in wide format for more than 60 years. Scanners, printers, controllers, folding systems and cutting technology developed and manufactured by us.
The decisive advantage for the customer is obvious: all ROWE products are absolutely compatible with each other thereby ensuring efficient mapping of business processes. In addition to this, because ROWE is so focused on the large format industry, it knows intrinsically the needs and demands of users.
The medium-sized organization with its headquarter in Niederdreisbach (Rhineland-Palatinate) was founded in 1955. Today the company has achieved an international reputation and is active in over 90 countries all over the world. This worldwide phenomenon is accelerated by the simple fact, that customers trust and rely on products made in Germany more than any other country. The dedication to quality and performance while still maintaining affordability is the key to ROWE success.
One reason for this is the absolute focus on research and development. The most important drive for innovative activity is the company’s own center for research and development. This area was extended yet again in summer 2015 by the construction of a second test center.
ROWE is one of the most innovative IT companies in Germany and was awarded the “Goldmedaille der deutschen Weltmarktführer” (Gold Medal of German World Market Leaders) twice at the same time. In the two categories “The World Market Leaders” and “The Family Business”, ROWE was given the awards for its previous successes and its future prospects. The awards were presented in Berlin by German Foreign Secretary Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
There are so many customers, who worry about reliability and performance. They also often ask me where the machines i propose to them are manufactured in. So usually i have to reply, china. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with a made in china product especially when it comes with a full warranty and supported by a big name brand.
The crux of the matter is, given a choice, many Singaporeans would pound for pound purchase a German Made machine vs a China Made machine.
The issue is, that all of the large manufacturers who are in this industry are making their machines in China or nearby countries. This leaves the customer with really no choice. Secondly, the perception of a ‘made in Germany’ product is that it will be exceedingly expensive compared to its nearest competitor. Well, this is a myth, the machines that are made by Rowe are extremely affordable and when comparing between machines a quality, precision made and versatile solution like Rowe will always come out tops.
So stay tuned, as we delve into each of these machines and learn more about why this large format machine is set to make waves in Singapore.
If you would like to see the machine for yourself, do not hesitate to contact us and we will give you a full understanding and demonstration of the marvelous piece of technology.
The Fastest Possible Large format A1 and A0 wide format plotter in Singapore.
Print Color and Black and White Faster than ever!
When it comes to plan drawings, especially those used in construction and engineering. Many customers are still using a traditional large format laser printer to get the job done. This is primarily because it has been the best option for those customers who need fast print outs and are concerned about costs.
The truth is, another alternative does exist, and this comes from the revolutionary Pagewide series of large format machines. It promises to be a game-changing technology capable of replacing multiple units of machines into a consolidated device powerful enough to meet the needs and demands of its users. The best part, its faster and cheaper to print in both color and black and white than all existing current technology.
In this article, i would like to highlight the very basics of this technology and then expand upon it with machines in this series.
The major problem that faces many companies today is productivity, productivity and the lack thereof has a ripple effect within any organization. One of the things all offices do on a regular basis is print, be it drawings or documents. The printing process can be either a seamless workflow or it can be extremely cumbersome, it is the difference between long hours or going back on time.
I know it may sound silly, to think that a printer can have such implications, however, do take a look at this video to understand a little more about why a seamless workflow is important especially in peak periods. Although the video is highlight issues within a print service providers environment, similar situations occur in large format printing in offices all over Singapore.
So how and what is Pagewide Technology, simply put as the name implies pagewide is a technology that caters for printing over the entire “page-width” hence the name page wide. The general understanding of inkjet printers is that it is a single printhead that moves back and forth at the same time with the paper moving forward. This technology means that instead of moving the printheads, the entire width of the printable area is covered by a printhead and now the paper travels beneath it. So the only thing that moves is the paper moving forward! Take a look at this video to understand this technology.
The resulting effect of this is that now you have large format printers, printing in seconds vs what would take a traditional inkjet printer much longer to complete. Now i know some of you who are used to “laser printing” will have reservations and i encounter this very often, my customers often ask me “marco won’t prints printed with inkjet smudge or smear when it comes in contact with water?”
This is probably something you also consider when purchasing a printer, to this i say all prints that are printed with HP Pagewide technology are water resistant and will not smear or smudge when it comes into contact with water..more about that in another article.
So now that you know a little bit about the technology this is the result of the pure speeds the machines can achieve,
6 A1/min , 10 A1/min, 15 A1/Min, 20 A1/min and the fastest 30 A1/min
Now imagine a full color A1 drawing being completed in just 3 seconds and costs almost identically to a monochrome print.
The value of the proposition is exceedingly high, because what you have achieved if you choose to invest in this system is reduced costs per copy for color prints, top notch productivity, drawings which now can work as tools and fewer devices for your IT team to manage.
Lets face it, we live in a world full of color. Displays keeps getting better and better each day. Softwares such as BIM and other tools which are now being deployed in the reprographics market aim to give architects, engineers, consultants and more the right tool for doing the right job. The future of printing and print technologies will move away from laser machines and now be enabled in devices such as these.
We will elaborate more in the coming blogposts, however if what we have said to you appeals to you and you would like to know more, feel free to contact me or to learn more.
Hey, folks! well, this is part 2 of my previous blog post on the best large format plotter your company can buy for their large format printing needs. I highly recommend that you read before continuing this article.We covered in the previous article a couple of points, that had to do with the stacker function and the scanner function. In this article, we shall go a little deeper.
The HP T3500 comes with a total of 6 ink cartridges, that compromises of cyan, magenta, yellow, Black, Grey, and Photo Black. This is for good reason too! These days there has been an increased emphasis on BIM, 3D renderings, and far more complex drawings. In order to capture the full spectrum of colors that need to be present for some real jaw dropping print quality! Of course, if you’re doing simple cad line printing, GIS printing this machine will handle these printouts with total ease and comfort as well! So what makes this ink system so special? Actually, it’s not so much the ink system but the actual hardware that has gone into building this machine, the ink systems are protected from the environment so dust dirt and other creepy crawlies don’t get into it.
Secondly, did you know that there is NO WASTE INK TANK, this intelligent system manages to get away without the need for a separate waste ink tank! This is done through the clever utilization of software and hardware to ensure that inks are used in the most efficient way possible. So you can get your drawings printed without the excessive use of the inks! The machine as long as you don’t turn off the machine(unplug from power point) ensures the inks are kept in the most optimal condition along with the printhead.
Two Rolls: Whats so special?
The HP T3500 is equipped with two rolls, while this may be something that is relatively common on other large format printers and plotters, this comes with a surprising twist! You see most of the other standard models of printers only have the ability to hold up to a maximum capacity of 50 or at the very max 100 meters of roll paper length. Now let me be clear, the paper is known as a consumable and the cheaper you are able to purchase your consumables the better it is in the long run.
The T3500 allows a customer to purchase jumbo rolls, meaning to say you can load paper up to a maximum length of up to 200 meters. So what! you may be asking? well, let’s consider two points here which is very important when you buy rolls at this length.
Roll changes are less frequent
Cost of paper purchase is much less
Result: Roll changes are really a tiresome thing to do, just ask anyone who has a lot of drawings to print, they would have to repeatedly change the paper rolls. It is not easy and most end users hate to do it.
So with a jumbo roll in place, you change the rolls less frequently. Most inkjet machines have only a 50-meter roll length, so when you have a 200-meter roll, you change once for the equivalent of 3 rolls of paper! This makes life just a little easier and not having to carry heavy rolls of paper to conduct a roll change frequently.
Result: When you purchase your paper at longer lengths the overall cost of the paper is actually cheaper, well at least this is the case here in Singapore. Typically you will see a paper cost savings of at least 30-40%. This means that you can print with lower costs and not worry about keeping and storing a number of smaller rolls, just have a few jumbo rolls kept neatly and that’s all you need!
Oh yes, and one more thing, you may be wondering. The roll diameter is a 3″ core. Now, most inkjet paper uses a 2″ core rolls. So the question would be how then can I use existing 2″ core media if you wanted to print on coated or photo gloss. A simple yet innovative solution is in a place, it’s called the adaptor! The HP T3500 comes equipped with an adaptor that can change the roll diameter from 2″ to 3″ without any effort. This means you can enjoy a wide range of media to use with your T3500 machine.
One other thing, look at this photo.
If you look carefully you can see that the top roll is open, and the second roll is covered and protected. This is so that you can load a normal 80 gsm paper at the top roll which can be used for everyday printing, the second roll which is covered is for keeping more expensive rolls of paper such as coated media, or photo gloss paper. This feature protects your expensive rolls from people walking by or accidentally damaging the expensive plotter paper roll.
Well, this brings me to the end of Part 2 of the T3500 review. In my next blog post we shall look at the software that runs this beautiful machine as well as the unique way of producing color and mono prints for the same price…yes you read that correctly. Color and Mono for the same price. Stay tuned!
We carry a full range of plotters and printers, in fact, this is our profession, we don’t carry a4 or a3 solutions but are strictly and totally focused on the large format industry. To view, our entire range of products visit us at www.largeformatspecialist.com.sg
So why do i say it is one of the best, well let me share some of my experiences so that this may help in making a valuable decision when your purchasing or considering purchasing this machine.
Lets begin for those inclined to the technical side, at the time of writing this article, it has still the heaviest technical load outs for a machine at its price point. Even though HP , Canon and Epson have updated their machines, in terms of technical superiority at this price point it still reigns supreme , why is that so?
Intel i5 Core Processor
2.5 GB of ram
128 GB of Virtual memory
500 GB AES Encrypted HDD
A 100 Page Stacker
So you see folks…, this machine lacks in no way any lack of technical prowess. So how do all of these things actually really matter what makes this machine one of the best?
First of all lets begin from the very top of the machine and then work our way down so that we can fully appreciate the form and the design of this machine , which is no surprise as to why it won the IF design awards.
The Stacker: 100 Pages Of Perfectly Stacked A1 Copies
You might be wondering, why is the stacker even mentioned after all….how exciting could a stacker be? well if you think about it closely, the T3500 gets its form factor from the mercury line of HP products. This most notably is the HP T930, HP T2530, HP T1530, which formed the core of the machine. Now remember prior to HP’s innovation most plotters did not come with a stacker ( unless of course they were the really expensive ones) A masterstroke in design and functionality the HP Mercury Platform stackers, for the first time allowed an affordable solution for this very important aspect…..stacking.
So what! Its a damn Stacker! whats so special about a stacker! well, here’s the thing, suppose you have a set of drawings to print out, 1 set 20 copies, if you should purchase any machine without a stacker….then yes…you’d get a basket. You heard me right, a basket. Who wan’ts their precious drawings ending up in a basket, crumpled, unsorted, disorganized and need i mention a Glorious Waste Of Time!! can you imagine yourself sending 20 copies to your plotter , then having to retrieve them from a basket which practically has other drawings on top of it and then having to take them out place them flat and straighten it all over again…jeez give me a break. Trust me if your a business owner you owe it to your staff and your company to invest in a machine with a stacker..if not it will just waste their time and by wasting their time wasting your money.
Instead, imagine a scenario, you just sent 20 copies to the plotter, its all been printed. Now its held on neatly by a stacker , simply walk up to your machine hold the copies on both sides and pull straight up….really its that simple. Oh and did i mention, its a 100 page stacker so should you attempt to print 100 a1 drawings on any other machine…fair warning its gonna get chaotic really quickly. One last thing, other machines do have stackers, however they seem to be rather…how should i say..angled…so in order to see what you were printing you’d have to walk to the back, lift a copy and verify it was indeed your drawing…such hassles should be avoided at all cost!
The Scanner : Color / Mono Scans up to 36″ wide
When it comes to scanning, the HP T3500 is actually powered by another industry giant Contex Scanners. In the world of high performance and good quality scans context is hands down the leader. The HP T3500 wide format plotter comes equipped with this amazing peice of technology from contex. This combination offers seamless integration in a perfect sized bundle. So lets learn about this scanner.
First of all, the tech specs(for the tech inclined),
7.5 inches per second in monochrome
2.5 inches per second in color
600 dpi max scan
Scan formats : pdf, jpeg, tiff etc.
Not bad for an all in one scanner…again..tech specs are one thing, lets think of a real life scenario i see every time i see and speak to the customer. Most drawings are rolled, and you know what happens when your drawing is rolled….well it curls. Don’t you just hate having to uncurl your drawing! imagine you had to do 30 scans…curl ,uncurl, curl, uncurl and so on. In a short time your going to get really really really frustrated . So its not really the technical load out that impresses me about this scaner . its two things one its large table size and two its auto width detection. Let me explain.
When you have a large format print or wide format document that is curled and you try to scan it, you better make sure your scanner has the right table width for you to easily slot in your scan drawings. If at the point of inserting your drawing you have to fiddle around just to get that damn curl out of the way the time taken to scan is going to be exponential. The image below shows you what i mean, take the two examples from two leading manufacturers and critically examine the insertion point of the document..then ask yourself..is it going to be easy to slot that drawing in?
Narrow Scan Path
A Super Narrow Scan path
A narrow path might have been advantages to the brave spartan men in the movie 300, but to the brave architect , engineer or construction personnel, not really. So what i love about the T3500 large format plotter is that its scan path is HUGE! You literally get a working table for you to lay your curled drawings flat and easily slot it into the scanner!
I hope that now you can clearly see the difference a wide scanning input can make, especially when you have a great many scans to scan. The auto detection of the width is also really nifty, you don’t really have to align the document as per the size of the table, simply insert any document at its center and then the machine will automatically realize its width. It performs other cool functions like anti skew and neatly crops out your drawing for you. So its as simple as that.
Scan and copy quicksets : Making life a little easier
Owning a large format plotter and large format scanner is suppose to make your life much more smoother and alot more efficient. In this respect the HP T3500 comes with this ability to create quick sets.
What is a quick set? : A quick set is a set of parameters that have been preset for you so that when you walk up to the machine no further inputs are needed.
This works in a simple way for scanning or copying, support you have a color a1 size drawing that you now wish to print in mono chrome. well you can easily do that now. Simply walk up to your machine , slick on scan, select the quick set you desire and thats it.
In another respect you can also make quick sets of enlargements and reductions, so for example you can easily enlarge an a3 size document without having to worry about percentages if you have a quick set ready, simply walk up to the machine and select A3 to A1 and there you have it. No manual calculation needed or any of that brain numbing work.
There are factory quick sets that come with the machine but you can always add your own and you can also delete them if you find them no longer useful. The scanner allows you also to scan a multi page document, so if you have 10 copies and simply want one pdf file, then select the multi page file format. Its really that simple!
Well folks as this is part 1 of my blog post of the T3500, i shall continue again to show you how and why this plotter is one of the best large format printers in singapore…and trust me we are just getting started!
Do write to me or visit my webpage below to see my entire portfolio and i look forward to hearing from you!
The Most Affordable Big Sized 3D Printer In Singapore!
Wow, that’s what i exclaimed after i first saw this 3D printer! I was excited to see this machine for a couple of reasons. The most exciting part about this 3D printer has to do with its build volume !
So whats so exciting about the size, well in this blog series i am going to take you my readers on a journey of possibilities. We are going to understand what this machine is and follow it up with a myriad of applications. This journey will be exciting , eye opening and most importantly give you an idea of the possibilities.
So lets begin with whats currently happening in the 3D market in Singapore. The first thing you will notice, is that there has always been a hype about 3D printing in Singapore. Most customers or potential customers remain unconvinced about the possibilities of 3D machines.
This is either to do with, incorrect machines, cheap machines, poor print quality , understanding of applications and much more. When looking at 3d printing machines, what happens is an emotional response occurs almost instantly.
The ability to build, make and design things has always been a part of the human psyche. We have a strong reaction to something so innovative. I always advise to anyone looking at a 3D machine ..to take a moment step back and understand why your excited. Take this excitement and see if there is an actual use for it and most importantly whether you would want to use it.
Excitement is good but it must tie into a real world solution. There are literally a myriad of 3d printers that you can purchase from just about anywhere. You will immediately notice that their build volume is usually pretty tiny. We live in the real world, and in the real world we use ‘big’ things not minuscule models of things. Now using a large sized 3D printer will bridge the gap from machines that are producing tiny prototypes to machines that will actually build, prototype, create and make products that we all can use.
This is where the BigREP comes into play. So lets explore some important technical details, there are some others however these are i feel the most important:
x 1050 mm y 1050 mm z 1050 mm build size
The build size allows for large objects to be printed
More than a cubic volume
Resolution : 100-1000 micron layer thickness
This refers to the thickness of each layer
The thicker the layer the faster the printout however the lower the resolution
100 microns is equivalent to = 0.1 mm
1000 microns is equivalent to = 1 mm
Extruder : Two modular Extrusion Heads
having two extrusion heads allows for layers having different colors
you can also print different materials in between layers to create unique and special effects
Fabrication Method : FFF
The industry standard to make parts that are strong
The easiest to understand method for fabrication.
The above gives you some important highlights, namely it has to do with the quality of print, size of the print and also the method of fabrication. I know what your thinking , it looks like a basic 3d printer that’s just been enlarged. This however is very far from the truth. I urge you to take a look at this video to give you a basic understanding of what this machine can do before we go on to the next part of the detailed features of this machine!
Stay tuned to my next blog post which will go into the detailed features of why this machine is fundamentally different from other large size 3d printers that are available.
Contex SD ONE MF : An Affordable & Powerful Large Format Scanning System
Scanners, good to have but not really a necessity, heard that line before? Well indeed its true that we have moved considerably into the digital age..and that’s great. Paper is saved and with that the environment as well. Do pause for a moment and think it through though..every building that is being constructed requires paper drawings to get it off the ground. Things haven’t changed much since the days of old in that aspect.
So why are we talking about scanners, well scanner are essential to do two main things the first is archive and share and the other is to make copies. So lets talk about the first, when you make a change in your drawing you will need to keep a copy of the changes you have made. This is critical in the archive and documentation of a particular project, without which no record will be preserved. The second is probably after you have made that change you will need to print it out on your large format plotter, so if you have a large format scanner that works with your large format plotter then you have a complete solution.
Now of late, more and more multi functional machines are in the market, some of them include the HP T830 & HP T3500. The HP T830 has been gaining much traction due to its compact size, low cost of purchase and functional design. The T3500 is still reserved for customers who have a higher print volume. There have also been some new additions in the low-cost multi function arena from canon.
The trouble begins, especially when you’re looking at these machines is the screen size for the scanner. They practically serve no real purpose in helping you understand what it is your scanning.
If you take a close look at what is being offered with these low-cost multifunction printers you will realise the screen is really small. So lets say you’re scanning a document and would like to see a preview of what your scanning, or even lets say crop out a certain part of the image or even annotate/write on that image…You just cant do it. No way, no how. See this makes it really difficult to really get a grasp on what your scanning or copying, it adds no value to your workflow at all. In fact most models that these large manufacturers are pumping out, are really low cost. I am all about low cost, but why should I sacrifice low cost for all the negative impacts my staff would have to endure over the course of the machine especially when related to scanning.
So lets talk about a viable solution, firstly when it comes to integrated scanners, major brands like HP, Canon And Epson, rely on a basic scanner, which is more often than not a OEM either by colortrac or contex. When a brand OEM’s for another brand, they do so being careful not to cannibalize their own market share. So there are definitely better multifunctional machines out there, it’s just that you have not been presented to it. Here are some glaring issues:
Integrated Scanners and printers, mean just that…integrated, if one component fails the whole machine fails.
A scanner is actually surprisingly hardy and can be reused, however because they are integrated you have to discard the whole machine including the scanner.
The screen sizes are too small to be useful
You cannot annotate on the fly nor can you perform any form of editing.
The scan quality is lacking in reproducing accurate colors and accurate lines.
No cloud connectivity for scanners
No wi-fi capability
So with these issues, on paper when you are looking at big name brands, it looks well and good, but you really have to critically deep dive into the issues to understand. So lets talk about a viable solution. The CONTEX MF ONE.
What i like about contex, is the fact is they have just one type of business, the business of manufacturing world-class and good quality scanners. That’s it, that’s all they do. The business of optics is extremely complicated and you will realize that large format scanners actually cost more than the printers. So who is the best at it, in my opinion contex scanners are the scanners you need to get you there. In understanding the contex mf one, let me share what is unique about this particular solution:
Scanner & Printer are separate but connected:
The scanner is its own habitat.
Its connected via a wi-fi signal to your plotter
It can also be connected directly from the Ethernet port
A separate scanner ensures a contingency for failure
Keep your scanner upgrade your plotter:
Scanners usually cost more than the printers.
It would be better to keep your existing scanner and then just upgrade your plotter
Since plotters are constantly being upgraded this option is useful for customers who want the latest technology in their machines
A Useful Screen Size
Low cost MFP’s usually have a really small screen size
Also there is no preview available
The CONTEX MF ONE allows for a large screen size that is practical and useful
See more and do more when you’re not straining to see what you’re scanning.
On the Fly Edit and Annotate:
The CONTEX MF ONE allows you to do something rather unique.
You can now annotate on the preview screen save it or print it out.
In addition you can also perform cropping and enlargements of certain sections.
All of these functions without bringing your file to your PC.
Thus saving you a lot of time and effort.
Accurate Colors and precise lines:
To reproduce the correct colors and to scan fine details you need a quality scanner.
Mass produced scanners do a decent job of scanning, or rather making it appear like a good scan.
However, when you work with fine lines and details it is imperative you use a scanner which you can trust.
One example is the common use of highlighters, in our tests mass-produced MFP machines cannot capture highlighter colors well enough.
The Contex MF One will use a technology that is found in high-end scanners called ‘contex clean scan‘
This technology ensures your details are captured with the right colors and details.
Cloud and wi-fi enabled:
Most scanners do not allow you to scan your document directly into cloud applications such as google drive.
Most of the times scans are stored in the local area network folder.
In using the contex MF one, you can create individual profiles for individual users so that they can save files where they want them to be.
This added feature assist users in customizing their scan experience.
So when you are indeed looking for a multifunctional printer, take some time and explore the product, learn what you can about the quality it can produce, the efficiency it provides and the workflow which will affect your business. These days more and more low cost solutions are put toghether for the sake of apeasing the end user, to make them feel that they have indeed got a good deal. When it comes down to it, scanning is an important aspect of any architectural, engineering and construction firm. There is no way to store and capture large documents without scanning them. So take a look at your options carefully and see whats right for your business.
As always i hope the pointers here will help you understand more about large format scanners and also give you an alternative perspective on scanners which are available.
The Hp T730, comes in with an interesting proposition, that is what is the highest spec machine that has the lowest cost currently in the market at this price point and functionality. This article will explore in depth as to how this machine fulfills it promise.
Speed: The machine prints at a very decent 25 seconds per A1. It can be said that in terms of pure print speed alone, you will be hard pressed to find a solution that comes close to this machine.
Processing: i really like how this machine is able to quickly process the document through a variety of mediums from direct printing or even cloud printing.
I should mention also that it comes in built with a 1 GB pure ram. Some manufacturers state a hire value, but please be careful between “actual” ram and “virtual” ram. A virtual ram is slightly slower than a pure “actual hardware” driven ram.
Connectivity: One of the really helpful features is the mind boggling amount of ways you can connect to this printer, this is perhaps the reason why the high specifications comes in handy. The price point is also very attractive for a machine that comes with these connectivity features. making it really easy to transfer from one place to another.
Paper Loaded: The options for paper loading are also alot more, compared to other brands. You can directly load A3 & A4 cut sheet. In addition you can load various sized rolls provided they are on a 2″core
Thumb drive: You can print simple files directly from the thumb drive, jpeg, tiff and bmp files.
Build Quality: The machine is well built overall, and at the same time is not very large. It can easily fit into most offices quite easily.
Energy: The energy consumption of this machine is very very low and extremly efficient. HP has a unique ability to provide the very best low consumption of energy used during printing. 35 watts (printing), 3.5 watts (sleep), 0.2 watts (standby )
Inks System: HP T830 is a 4 color machine and requires no waste ink tank
Once again to re-iterate from my previous article, it is extremely important that you the customer understands that if you do not do photo or rendering, a 4 color machine for CAD applications is good enough.
Once again HP uses only 4 inks, some manufacturers claim they have a 5 color solution or a 6 color solution. However you need to take note for example (other brands say 5 colors but actually mean 6 cartridges!) In other 6 color machines if you are not doing rendering, area fills or photos you do not need to have 3 different types of black! Ink is expensive and you must purchase a machine that is suitable for your application.
The machine allows you to choose between 40ml ink tanks or 130ml ink tanks, so for example if you are printing alot of black & white prints then i would suggest you load (Black 130ml Cyan, Magenta, Yellow 40ml) this way you get the best value for money.
In summation, i feel that if you are looking for a high spec machine, in order to improve the productivity of your office this machine is suitable for you. Yes there are cheaper machines that are available that will do the basic print of a0 and a1 however you need to carefully consider between the running cost and also the technology being utilized.
Should you have any questions please do contact me firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at : 627836110. If you need to look at other machines or even require the data sheet then visit http://www.largeformatspecialist.com.sg for more information. I have also included below a list of videos that will better explain the workings of this machine and make it a compelling case for yourself and your management.