Thermal vs piezo printheads

This report will focus on dispelling the myths perpetuated by slick advertising by looking at the factual elements of a piezo and thermal printhead systems. Many advertising claims are largely illusionary and based primarily on hype. Here, we will illustrate to you what a piezo and a thermal printhead are actually capable of performing. We have four piezo printers and five thermal printers, hence write from experience with both. Imagine being able to have truthful information as a basis for making your decision on which inkjet printer is optimal for your specific application.

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Survival guide

The following observations are intended as a survival guide to shopping for a wide format printer. We enjoy having a wide format printer at our university to produce signs and banners as well as photos and fine art giclee prints. In addition to the practical ability of being able to print anytime at any size, it92s also great fun to be able to enlarge virtually any image to poster size or even up to mural size.

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List of wide format printers

By popular request here is a list of all large format printers we know about. We include primarily current models (year 2002-2003) along with models that are sufficiently recent that they are still readily available, as well as occasional relics that we have been able to find out about. We have not yet found any other comprehensive list nor a really complete history of large format printers, so we did quite a lot of research to prepare this report

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Wide Format inkjet pinter applications

Inspiration with Inkjet Printers: New Wide Format Printer Applications so you can sell into New Markets Tips, Help, Suggestions, for all the uses that you can apply your wide format inkjet printer to accomplish This is the original FLAAR version, substantially updated in September 2003. The published version was published earlier last year and therefore does not have the many updates that we insert into this full FLAAR version every quarter. If you wish to learn how to earn money with your wide format printer, this is the report to get you started.

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Used wide format inkjet printers

Every month we receive e-mails from people who already have, or are about to buy a used printer at such a low price that it tempts them to skip common sense. The purpose of this e-mail is to do our best to bring up some aspects of reality that come along with the 93good deal.94

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Standard printer evaluation

This important opus describes how Nicholas Hellmuth evaluates each printer model. You can learn from this how to select and choose what wide format printer is the ideal one for you or your company to purchase. The tips and help within this report are based on Dr HellmuthB9s years of experiences with twelve wide format printers at the two university testing labs as well as site-visit case studies of sign shops, giclee and photo studios, individuals printing at home, and in-house corporate use of inkjet printers.

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Glossary of terms related to wide format inkjet printers

This glossary is written to help newbies through intermediate users of inkjet printers learn the jargon of wide format inkjet printers. It is based on the years of experience of Professor Hellmuth with his 12 wide format inkjet printers at the two universities where he maintains test labs for digital imaging equipment. If you are about to buy your first wide format printer, or an 13 x 19 desktop size, or even if you already have some experience but want more, this glossary was written for your needs. You can survive a lot better in the world of inkjet printing and digital imaging if you know the arcane jargon that some people hide behind. This glossary offers you a head start to cut through the verbiage and get to the true facts about inkjet printing.

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Suggestions, Tips, and Help to prepare a Business Plan

This report offers suggestions, tips, and help towards preparing a Business Plan for setting up a wide format printing service. If you need to prepare a business plan, the documentation by Professor Nicholas Hellmuth is a godsend. His six years of experience is concentrated in this new title (new for 2003). Before you consummate the actual purchase of a wide format printer, laminator, scanner or RIP, you might wish to think things over and do some planning. So as part of our year 2004 educational program, we have added this new title, "Help towards preparing a Business Plan." This report is appropriate for * setting up a wide format printer in-house in any corporation, * setting up or expanding a sign printing company (primarily with water-based inks), * for a screen printer wanting to expand into digital imaging, * for copy shops, quick print, and commercial printers For photographers and for artists (or sign shops) who want to print gliclee. We have noticed that many sign shops wish to enter the lucrative market for giclee printing, so we have included many tips for that (plus we have an entire series on giclE9e printing).

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Questions to ask, before you purchase your next Wide format printer

This remarkable report provides a list of questions to ask before you buy any printer. Our list is unique (no one else would dare to provide so many pertinent, penetrating questions). This list is based on many years of experience with wide format inkjet printers. Exaggerated claims in printer ads are usually smoke and mirrors to distract you from finding out all the other things the printer is bad at, or sometimes things it is totally incapable of (such as printing economically enough so you can afford the inks and media). Every printer brand has its supporters. If you like that brand, donB9t let us distract you by a list of what that printer is poor at accomplishing. What counts is that it can at least do what you need it for. But, if you are about to purchase your first printer, or even a second printer, the FAQ from FLAAR will make it easier for you to uncover the true pros and cons of each model. This report contains the questions; with them alone you can initiate your search for the best brand and model.

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Common Sense on Longevity and Archival Claims

The FLAAR editor, Nicholas Hellmuth, is not paid by anyone to produce claims on inkjet print longevity that can be used to sell one brand or another of anything (neither ink, nor media, nor printers). In distinction, Dr Hellmuth is an experienced photographer at art museums throughout Europe, Japan, across the USA, Canada, and in Latin America. As an archaeologist, Professor Hellmuth knows a bit about longevity of color. We review inkjet longevity claims in our B3SurvivalB2 series, since you wonB9t survive in business long if your clients demand you reprint their images which faded B3prematurely.B2 So if you quote 200 year, or 100 year longevity claims on your website, or if you believe in the tooth fairy or Santa Claus then you might with to invest in a reality check, available from FLAAR (our Survival series of reports), based on our experience (plus common sense).

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Price Revelations for Wide Format Inkjet Printer Inks

At last, a useful price watch for inkjet inks, helpfully organized by printer brand, type of ink (dye, pigmented, or eco-solvent). Easy to use because ink costs are cross-listed by cartridge or container size, by milliliter unit, and by liter unit. All inks are listed for all sizes so you really know, once and for all, the true cost of inks. Also includes tips from Dr Hellmuth on his experiences in which printers drain your pocket book, and which inks help your print shop survive.

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