Posted 14 July 2006 - 02:11 PM
Does anyone use and own a plotter? I've been looking at some lower end HP models and wanted to get a feel for what people felt about those products.
Posted 14 July 2006 - 04:35 PM
Posted 14 July 2006 - 08:03 PM
Posted 17 July 2006 - 09:29 AM
Posted 17 July 2006 - 01:19 PM
My only experience with an Epson was a medium format (5000) printer that was a complete nightmare.
Posted 19 July 2006 - 09:54 AM
Posted 19 July 2006 - 03:22 PM
I also have an HP 130 nr in my office that is a very nice little plotter for quick jobs and it prints photos well also.
Posted 25 October 2006 - 09:43 AM
I just purchased a Canon imagePROGRAF ipf600 Inkjet printer (24"). I have been very impressed with it's output and features. It was also very reasonably priced.
Posted 25 October 2006 - 12:09 PM
Paid $4k one year ago. Color calibration is key though.
Posted 25 October 2006 - 05:57 PM
I also purchased an HP Officejet ProK550 for the office work...e.g printing the invoices. Does a nice job using Vivera HP inks, and is very fast so I get the invoices out faster...however don't expect high speed from the HP500 but you can let it work while you sleep.
Posted 25 October 2006 - 06:03 PM
The 4500 is massive in comparison - I'll let you know how it works rip-wise. I think I'll be able to send to it tomorrow.
Posted 06 November 2006 - 12:59 PM
It also has a very informative 'job queue' portal (http). I just sent Patterson's new Physical Map of the US at 42" (test purposes ) and it plotted in 11min5sec and used 2.23 ml of ink and 15.91 sq.ft. of paper.
Posted 27 September 2008 - 09:21 AM
We are looking at moving to a Canon plotter after many years of reliable service from our HP's. The pricing is significantly less and the output looks tremendous. Any comments?
Posted 21 October 2008 - 09:48 AM
If you are doing any kind of archival or Giclée plotting, Canon has some incredible archival "100 year" inks.
Although one of the more expensive 60" plotters, Canon's iPF9100 is an incredible machine.
If you are just doing in shop proofs, I would check out the Océ line.. they are incredibly fast, and their sharp image is great for proofing.
g r e g @ c a r t o g r a p h i c d e s i g n . c o m
Posted 02 May 2010 - 05:32 AM
We have one HP800, one HP500 and smaller 17 wide Epson 4800. If we ever were buying another plotters again we all agreed never to buy HP plotters. Don't get me wrong, those plotters are a work horses. We got the HP500 about four years ago and HP800 last year. The four year old 500 plotter is used daily by our engineering department and had at least 3000 24X36 size prints plotted with just the print heads and belt replaced. The quality of the print is the problem. The 500 series is 600dpi and the 800 is 1200 dpi. Well the 800 prints look the same as 500. It uses the same print heads #11 but the 800 software supposed to simulate 1200 dpi with 600 print head. It tries, it runs slower and the prints look the same even under 30X magnification. We tried all types of expensive high res. media for some of our posters and the image always is grainy and colors are way off. Take any map with lakes that have 100% cyan in YMCK color mode and plot it out using standard HP software. The lakes are so dark that paper gets soaked with cyan ink. Try dark blue and it comes out as dark purple. We had the HP guy trying to calibrate the plotters so that we get better and sharper lines and we were told that the plotters are really good for simple Cad drawings and not to expect high quality output. We never new just how bad they were till we got our four Epsons 4800s. It's like night and day. The prints are crisp and colors are what you get on the offset press. Even using cheap plain paper, the output is sooo much nicer. I don't know about Epson plotters, but if they plot anything like the 4800, HP 500-800 plotters will be collecting dust. There is also problem with HP 500-800 plotters and Adobe products. The HP offers free rip program to fix the problem, but you have to call the HP tech support and give them the serial # of your plotter, they will mail you a CD. Like I said, we had the 500 for a while and I was vary happy with it till I saw prints from 4800 and realized what I've been missing. After printing few maps on 4800, I disconnected the HP plotters and never used it again.
Does anyone know the reason for this problem? We have a HP1055 and a HP5500uv for local plotting needs (normally local proofing). The HP1055 is a sequence of grainy dots and the HP5500uv is a sea of blue, cyan and purple. That's even using the ICC print profiles. A lack of colour calibration cannot be responsible for colour errors of this magnitude!
Like the post above, we have an Epson StylusPro 4800 that whilst it can't cope with the fine lines and small text on maps at least it prints things in the right colour! Only thing is that many of our maps are over A2 size therefore we need to use the plotters.
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