In general, in-house printing tends to cost less because the organization is able to control what is printed, how it’s printed and how much is printed. Large format documents are mission critical to an AEC organization, so control over quality is very important and, sometimes, that quality assurance can only be done in house. In-house printing also affords flexibility and the ability to meet demanding deadlines that outsourced printing simply cannot. Of course, this all comes at a cost: the organization must purchase or lease and maintain the device, purchase supplies, implement future technology upgrades and dedicate facility space to the device.
The bottom line: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to printing in-house or outsourcing. But, an AEC firm can make an informed decision – and the best one for the organization – by considering all of the key cost components, not just print cost, as well as the pros and cons of each approach.
For more information on how the true costs of printing large format technical documents, download the Canon Solutions America whitepaper “Printing Large Format Technical Documents – What’s Best: Print In-House or Outsource” here: MyPRINTResource.com/10954350