Wide format printers are those that have a print width between 17 in and 100 in. These printers are used to print posters, banners and signage. They provide a much more economical solution than technologies like screen-printing. They use rolls of print material and some of them have built in hot air dryers to prevent sticking of prints. Some of the most popular wide format printers are:
3M Scotchprint Printer 2000: 3M is still developing large-format electrostatic printers and loved by the users for low cost and fast output.
Accuplot inkjet printers: Accuplot 3400, 4300, and 6200 are popular large format printers that are loved by all because of their quality and flexibility in using hardware. They come with Epson Pizzo heads and therefore can be replaced and changed without much hassle.
Agfa Sherpa: These are large format ink jet printers that are available in 61 cm (24 inches) to 2.21 m (87 inches) size range. The operation is fast and reliable in terms of color reproduction. They come with color-management tools and can be used for posters, backlit display as well as vehicle graphics.
Roland FJ 400/500/600/540 and Roland AJ-1000: Versatile and fast working large format printers from Roland are liked by all because of their quality. They have eight/twelve color head models as well along with earlier batch of six-color ones.
Alpha Merics Spectrum: They have automated positioning system-based machines with sizes ranging from 52×90 inches (300 dpi) to 600 dpi monochrome imagesetter, pen plotters, etc.
Orion from Gerber: Capable of producing extremely lustrous print for outdoor advertising that can be used without lamination. It is a solvent-based printer ink. It is liked for robust construction and reliable output.
Arizona 1100-3: These printers from GretagImaging and Oce provide quality output and Arizona 180 digital screen press is popular for fast and clean operations.
ATPcolor textile printers: These retrofitting printers for Roland and Mutoh are popular for their superb quality and versatility in using wide range of substrates.
Bellise and Bellise Plus: This 6-color large format inkjet printer offers a resolution of 1440 dpi and comes with 24 print heads. It is 54 inches wide and largely used for outdoor visuals.
Piezo inkjet printers from RasterGraphics: The high speed professional inkjet printers are best for outdoor advertising as they use UV durable inks. You can also have PiezoPrint 5000 which is a 54-inch wide 309 dpi inkjet printer.
Variatronics: Varitronics ProImage Plus and XL3000 are heat transfer printers and they are best suited for printing posters, signs, banners, large teaching materials, etc.
Encad NovaJet 8 color: Liked by the commercial printers because of quality and flexibility with color reproduction.
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 500: These 36-inches wide desktop models are best for medium size advertising agencies for smaller prints. The software offers innumerable options for manipulating the output.
DisplayMaker Esprit: This 8-color printer is 52- to 62-inches wide and can produce 160 sq. ft. per hour with a resolution of 600 dpi. But if you want a resolution in the range of 1200-1800 dpi it produces 55 sq. ft. per hour. The adjustable print head allows substrates with varied thickness.
These are the few wide-format printers but here we list some other printers and manufacturers that we would discuss in some future posts:
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 600
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 700
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF 9000
Canon imagePROGRAF W8200
Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000
Colorspan DisplayMaker Mach 12
ColorSpan DisplayMaker XII
ColorSpan FabriJet for printing textiles and other fabrics
ColorWings textile printer
D-gen textile printers
DTP Link UJET MC3 Express
DTP Link UJET MC3 Premium
DTP Link UJET MC2-P
3M Raster Graphics printers
Encad wide format, 24 inch, Chroma 24
Encad 36 inch NovaJetPro
Encad 50 inch NovaJetPro 50
Encad NovaJetPro 500, 505, Nova Xsell
Encad NovaJet 600 PROe, 630, 700
Encad NovaJet 736
Encad NovaJet 750
Encad NovaJet 850
Encad NovaJet 880
Encad NovaJet 1000I
SignJetP from Graphtec
Epson Stylus Pro 11880
Epson 1520, Epson 3000
Epson Stylus 9000 large format color printer
Epson 7500, Epson 9500 large format printers
Epson Stylus Pro 4400 7400 9400 for CAD and GIS applications
Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Epson Stylus Pro 9900.
Epson Stylus Pro 10000CF
Gandinnovations Jeti 3324 AquaJet
Giclee large format Fine Arts printers
HP DesignJet 5000ps
HP 430, 450c, 488ca
HP 750c, 755cm
HP DesignJet 1055CM
HP DesignJet 3000
HP DesignJet 2800CP
HP 500ps for CAD, 800ps for graphic design
HP Designjet 500, 500ps, new updated page.
HP Designjet 500, 500ps, old page
HP DesignJet copier cc800ps, HP DesignJet 815mfp
HP DesignJet 5000ps and 5000
HP DesignJet 5500
Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 90, 90r, 90gp
HP Designjet Z2100 and Hewlett-Packard Designjet Z3100
HP Designjet Z6100 Photo Printer Series
Ilford Imaging, wide format inkjet printers
Kodak 2042, 2060, 3038, 3043
Kodak Professional 5260
Legett & Platt
Source by John C Arkinn