Many people do not understand the exact differences that exist between photographic printers and CAD printers. And the involved advantages of each of them. Wide-format printers usually come in 2 categories: CAD printers and photographic printers. Photographic printers are in principle designed to produce stunning, large detailed images, while CAD printers accurately and quickly produce wide-format technical documents.

These professional printers are a common sight in construction companies, engineering and architecture offices as well as in design studios. Critical differences in the manufacture of these machines make them uniquely suited to their objectives.

You might hear that these devices are at times called plotters instead of printers. Generally speaking, masterminds have an output width of 24 inches or more, and feature a roll feed, while printers are smaller format cut-sheet systems.

How Do Photographic Printers Work?

Graphics printers and plotters are generally designed to produce high-resolution images suitable for creative industries. On the other hand, while regular desktop printers usually use four color cartridges, photographic printers use at least six rounds, and can also go up to 9 or even 12.

These extra color cartridges empower graphics printers to match Pantone® color numbers perfectly. If this type of functionality is missing, there is no way to accurately produce high-resolution images reproducibly, which is the actual key to any photographic print business’ success.

The HP DesignJet Z-Series photographic printer machines typically print at 2400 DPI and utilize a unique inkjet shape to prevent something called tailing. Inkjet tails are small smears that happen when inkjet heads, which moving at more than 50 miles/hour, distort the dots they create, producing what looks like a tail at the microscopic level.

This can result in highly accurate color images that are typically slow to produce. However, photographic plotters do not build for speed.

How Do Technical Plotters Work?

CAD and technical plotters very rarely need more than simple CMYK color function. This happens because the majority of technical illustrations are in B&W. When we have color involved, it’s usually only to highlight various changes, sections or to show depth.

These devices need to work efficiently while placing priority on precision and speed over brilliance or color depth. The HP Designjet T-Series will create a 24×36 D-sized drawing no more than 30 seconds, outperforming a photographic printer in terms of speed.

CAD Printers

CAD Printers

Architects, designers, constructors, manufacturers, and engineers all rely on technical plotters to convert their CAD drawings into hardcopy documents. These types of companies have different needs and requirements than photographic users:

  • Lower Cost

    CAD drawings are supplementary to technical work. As opposed to wide-format photographs, they do not generate value by themselves. This gives the print process proprietors an incentive to reduce expenses while enjoying optimal versatility and efficiency.

  • Higher Speed

    Professionals may need to print out tens of copies of a single blueprint and have tens of diagrams to deliver to various clients in a single week or even in a single day. Reducing the amount of time it takes to produce these images is a definite value.

  • Media Optimisation

    Photographic printers can print on a variety of photographic stock. CAD printers and technical plotters usually print on #20 bond media – an industry-wide standard. This means that print hardware doesn’t need to offer compatibility with a wide range of card stocks. Which also saves on overall price.

  • GIS Mapping Capability

    One of the main areas for professional printing is GIS mapping, which creates highly detailed maps with full-color overlays at low costs. These are commonly required at every level of government, from municipal offices to federal agencies, and they can cover issues ranging from population statistics, environmental coverage and even water distribution.

What Is the Best Wide-Format Plotter for CAD Technical Work?

The HP PageWide XL has become an industry-standard for production wide-format plotting. It can offer all of the advantages and benefits of a high-volume production printer while the cost per page will be less than all competing printers and plotters on the market.

It allows companies that rely on professional printing to be self-sufficient. Instead of externalizing imaging needs to print businesses, these companies handle all of their image reproduction internally. This allows them to save on expenses when it comes to outsourcing, increase production, and finish projects quicker.

However, the real benefit of the HP PageWide XL is its capability to print in color with the same cost factor as monochrome. This lets owners of CAD printing machines create quick. Accurate CAD renderings that utilize color shading to draw attention to concrete elements of the render.

PageWide XL can be used to print short term banners, adhesive items, and waterproof prints as well. It’s a versatile printer that reduces costs while hugely improving print abilities as a professional plotter. This wide-format printer offers best-in-class speeds of up to seventy-five pages/minute & features state-of-the-art built-in print security.