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#319841 - 08/24/10 02:31 PM Need help choosing a printer for renderings
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I usually know what I need to about hardware, but I've been asked to research a suitable color printer for our engineering department to print out photo quality renderings of the product we design for our clients, and I know squat about printers........ any thoughts, any help?

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#319843 - 08/24/10 02:40 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: Glitchy]
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Question 1: How big do you need to print?
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#319844 - 08/24/10 02:46 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Ugh. I hate those questions. But, like Mark said, question 1 is how big the printout needs to be.

I know a few years ago, I would have recommended the Epson Stylus Pros, but...
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#319847 - 08/24/10 03:06 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Most of the time just 8 1/2 x 11. I looked at large format 18 to 24" wide. It wouldn't hurt to have that capability, but not a requirement.

Our marketing department has a 4yr + old Epson 3800 Pro 18" WF. But I thought with technology progress might not really need to go there.

I don't need specific model numbers more of a price/specification range (but a specific model wouldn't hurt either smile )

Thanks
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#319859 - 08/24/10 04:00 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: Glitchy]
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Do you need full color, photo-quality prints? What do you mean by rendering?
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#319863 - 08/24/10 04:07 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: pmbuko]
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Originally Posted By: pmbuko
Do you need full color, photo-quality prints? What do you mean by rendering?


Yes full color photo realistic.

We take 3d engineering CAD models of our casegoods setups and "lay-on" the veneer grain/direction, custom finish color, hardware finishes, etc. Then as needed; add a high-rise city scapes in the window if there is a window in the simulated space, plants, knic-knacs, etc.

So our client get the real look of what they might purchase without actualy building them a physical mockup.

They might be ordering hundreds of this one setup or hundreds with slight variations.


Edited by wordgasm (08/24/10 04:09 PM)
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#319873 - 08/24/10 04:22 PM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: Glitchy]
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Canon inket printers are pretty good and can output full color prints relatively quickly. This one is not the latest-greatest, but will certainly fit the bill. ($400)
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Pro9000-Inkjet-Printer-3295B002/dp/B001R4BTIA/
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#319951 - 08/25/10 09:54 AM Re: Need help choosing a printer for renderings [Re: pmbuko]
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Thanks!

That looks like it will fit our needs. And the reviews are promising.
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