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  • 1.  Printers?

    Posted 09-14-2018 13:23
    Hello All ---

    Finally, my source for printing my manually-drawn work has quit.  I can still get paper, but it does have valid quality issues, and the new not-quite-so-local source is not that great.

    So, I asked for quotes for plain-paper printers, and got two; $9K and $11K.  When I asked for ideas for something more modest, maybe B-&-W only, the response was; "Why not just have us do your printing?"  Sure, that'll work for a residential meeting on Saturday evening, or Sunday afternoon, with just-completed sketches.

    So, please ---
    Does anyone know of a good, basic printer that can take 36"-wide sheets, and make Black-&-White prints?  For a modest-enough price, I'd consider color...

    Thanks ---
    william j. devlin aia, inc.,
    Springfield, MA
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  • 2.  RE: Printers?

    Posted 09-17-2018 17:30
    I have a HP T830 & love it. Copier, scanner, plotter. It's color.

    The 36" Model is about $6000.00

    the 24" model is about $3000.00

    Otherwise, you might find something used online.

    Rudolph Beuc AIA, NCARB, CBO
    R. Beuc Architects
    Saint Louis MO

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  • 3.  RE: Printers?

    Posted 09-17-2018 17:35
    Bill, I am going to go way out on a limb here.  Consider BIM!  Check out Soft Plan or Chief Architect - two great, easy to learn, BIM programs for residential architects.  You will be drawing in 3-D.  When you select a window, it will have parametric properties.  i.e., it will be a Pella DH 4153.  You can easily change it out and it will keep track of what you have, and then generate a schedule - or if you prefer, just have the tag next to the window on the floor plan!  Eventually you will be able to generate 3-D models to show your clients!

    I know many great architects who were great at hand drafting.  But, I say CAD is better, and BIM IS BEST!  This is the future of the profession.  I urge yo to consider it!

    The good thing is, you don't have to learn CAD! You can skip right past it!   CAD was simply 2-D vector line drafting on a computer.  But, BIM is information rich and smart!  Give it some thought!

    Edward Shannon AIA
    Edward J. Shannon, Architect
    Des Moines IA

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  • 4.  RE: Printers?

    Posted 09-17-2018 19:01

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  • 5.  RE: Printers?

    Posted 09-18-2018 17:57
    I've been using a Canon iPF 760 imagPrograf for years and it's absolutely fantastic.  Way better than my HP Design Jet.  Five color and a breeze to use.  Ink tanks are 130ml and fairly long lasting.

    It has been great to plot B & W, B & W with translucent color poche, and then pull off a full drawing size sheet of annotated color photographs for a presentation.

    Jeff Clarke

    Jeffery Clarke AIA
    T. Jeffery Clarke Architect LLC
    Princeton NJ

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