Vendors in US to print oversize PDF/Pep

Discussion in 'Tips & FAQs' started by Dave Ward, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. Dave Ward

    Dave Ward New Member

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    Friends,
    was wondering if there is a good method to print larger 110lb cardstock.

    Kinko's couldn't help, and it's annoying to have to piece together larger peices from 8 1/2x 11 sheets.

    Help welcome!
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I purchased an EPSON Workforce 1100 printer. I love it. You can print 13" x 19", and actually, print ages as long as you want, if you have long enough paper. I would highly recommend it. The other way is to use Photoshop, to rearrange parts so that you may not have to split them up. This is more involved though. :)
  3. Dented Rick

    Dented Rick Human

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    and if I need to print 51" X 66"? where do I go then?
  4. PemTech

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    When I built my Friede upscale I skipped the whole printing on stock problem. I had the rocket printed on regular paper from a plotter. Cut out the parts and glue to poster board or your fav paper and build.
  5. Zathros

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    I'd like to have a plotter. I don't even know anyone who does these days.
  6. PemTech

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    Doesn't Kinkos still have them?
  7. Vince

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    Maybe someone like Fast Signs? They might have some kind of plotter.
    I just found out they carry colored card stock. Planning to pick up a few sheets and try it out.
  8. clif52

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    Go to a sign shop and get them to print it out on the poster printer. Its usually around 52" wide. Some shops can print to 8 feet wide. I'm in Martinsville, Va but I'm sure if you can't find a place to get it done I have friends that run a shop here that would print it out for you and ship it in a tube. I built the Epson Eagle model for them at twice size and it came out better than I expected. I had to rearrange the parts to get it into a file 52" inches wide. Go to my Facebook page for Clifton Custom Toys, Displays, & Graphics and scroll down the page and you will see photos of the Eagle. Their printer prints with solvent inks so when I got excess Elmer's glue on the print it just wiped off with a wet paper towel. The prints do have to cure about 24 hours before handling. I'd post a photo but I've never been able to get it to work.

    Clif
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  9. mbauer

    mbauer Cardstock Model designer

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    There are plenty of "Wide Format Printers" available today. The aren't cheap. For around a $1000 you can get a 4-color Hp Designjet 111.

    You can buy used printers on eBay. That is where I bought 5-different wide format printers. Be warned, certain older printers (HP Designjet 450c, 650c, 750c etc. won't work with newer operating systems).

    Presently I'm using a 6-color photo quality HP 120C that can handle 125lb Tag sheets in 24 x 36 with ease.

    Backup and standy for certain projects are 2-HP 450C printers that need a updated driver to work with Windows XP. They will not work with newer operating systems.

    I would not recomend the HP 120C because of it having mechanical issues, unless you know how to fix it.

    Mike