How to pick a Plotter?
1) Size; 24", 36", 42", 44", or 60" wide? Determining size is just for the width, most of the plotters can cut at lengths of at least 50'. For example, if all you do is 24"x36" ("D" size) drawings, a 24" wide plotter could be adequate.
2) Black & White or Color? Are you printing with just black ink or do you want the capability to print in color? Most plotters today have the ability to print in color, but are designed specifically for its intended use. If you plan to print in color, what level of quality do you seek?
3) Technical or Graphics? Technical series plotters are designed for printing architectural &/or engineering plans containing primarily line work. Graphics plotters are designed for high quality color printing.
4) Speed? How fast do you want it to print, faster generally equates to higher cost?
5) Manual Cut or Automatic Cut feature? Older plotters that were limited to manual cut required the Operator, when the plot was done, to use a slider bar that slid a knife across and cut the paper. The Automatic cut feature which is available on all of our current models is quicker and allows the Operator to not have to be present while plotting multiple sheets, the machine automatically cuts the page and goes on to the next.
6) Cut Sheet or Roll feed? Are you printing just one sheet at a time and are you willing to feed each sheet into the machine manually? if so the manual cut sheet is sufficient. If you plan to print multiples at a time and don't want to spend as much time overall setting up the paper, a roll feed is a sensible option.
7) One Roll Feed or Two? Are you printing different size sheets? If so, having two different rolls loaded in the plotter can save time.
8) Desk-top or Freestanding? Limited on space for a smaller plotter, perhaps one that sits atop a table is a viable option. Otherwise, it's usually more sensible to have it on a stand with casters.
Please take a look at the Wide Format Plotters page to narrow down the selection.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (602) 224-9971 or by email.