Large Format Printers
A large format printer, sometimes known as a wide format printer, refers to any type of printer that has a minimum print roll size of eighteen inches. Most printers in this category can go up to 100 inches if necessary, and they are a great choice if you need larger-sized, high-quality work that is low in quantity.What print media does a large format printer handle?
Several industries must use large format processes to handle needs that simply are too sizable for smaller print machines. You should consider a large format printer if you need professional quality print or photo work in any item of considerable size, including
- Banners and Posters.
- Trade show signs.
The industry divides the various types of large formats based primarily on the inkjet process they employ. That is to say, how they put ink to paper or other material determines the type of large format printer they are. Some of the most common types of printers in the industry are
- Aqueous: Although aqua is part of the name here, this is not always a water-based process. The format solution is at times suspended in water, but other solutions, such as the ones used by Epson or Canon, are usually soy-based substitutes. These printers use two ink types based on either dye or UV lighting. Dye will offer you the widest range of colors, while UV-based ink is more resistant to fading over time.
- Solvent: Any large format that uses ink that does not possess a water base will often be referred to as a solvent printing process. In this case, petroleum by-product inks are the key, and this is a good choice if you need professional work that is also waterproof. This type of large format printer is often used to print on surfaces like vinyl or metal.
- Dye sublimation: The process of sublimation allows these wide format printers to produce work that is very consistent in tone overall, so you may want to use these if you need to print quality photos.
- Pen and plotter: Although some other technologies can do this, some pen and plotter printers are still in use in the industry for purposes of printing professional CAD drawings or architectural designs.
Large format printers are updated regularly, with several brands working to fill your needs. This format can make your life easier in a number of ways. If you need to print several of the media types listed above in a short time, a wide format printer can do so with ease. This type of format is also much less prone than other printer types to mixing up text and images if you need to print photos that contain both.