HP Designjet T1500 beta test: Tom Kovac delivers high quality architectural prints

HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter helps Tom Kovac deliver high quality output for international architecture design research project

Challenge
• To achieve precise high quality prints of complex large format architectural plans and drawings that needed to be shared in real time with collaborating project colleagues in many countries.

Solution
• Tom Kovac utilizes the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter with HP Designjet ePrint & Share technology that allow multiple jobs to be completed in different media from any location with a web connected device.

Results
• Delivering high quality prints with coloring and pixilation true to the original plans and line drawings.
• Two roll feature eliminates need to constantly change rolls and allows convenience of dedicating one roll for special print paper.
• Enables remote printing of files stored in the cloud and accessed via email, smartphone or tablet.
• HP Designjet ePrint & Share1 enables files to be printed while out of the office from virtually anywhere.
• The HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter saves time and costs as well as eliminates wasteful errors with the ability to preview the exact finished print output before starting the print process.
• Time saving thanks to the output stacking tray that delivers prints flat and collated in the right order.

Note: At publication time (June 2013), Tom Kovac served as a beta test site for HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter and HP Designjet ePrint & Share.

Having defined the key parameters that a printer needs to meet in the highly demanding field of architectural design imaging, Kovac decided to beta test the 36-inch, two roll HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter at RMIT University. Kovac says that his team welcomed the three key areas of innovation whereby the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter is eliminating what he describes as "the horrendous pattern of hit and miss printing" that had previously been the norm.

Firstly, the user experience. Kovac's colleague, Katherine Mott, the team's Project Manager says the HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter is both intuitive and ergonomically satisfying, meaning there is no need to supervise students in its use. "It puts the user in charge of the print process. The adjustable touch screen is a neat touch."

Even when seated, her team can effortlessly front load two paper rolls. "We can also easily check the touch screen with the perfect light conditions. It is simple to monitor media rolls, view printer status and track jobs during printing," she says.

The ability to take diverse stacks, from A4 to A0 size media, in flat, collated prints improves productivity: "The integrated output stacking tray, even when other teams are printing, has made output clutter a thing of the past," Mott explains.

Secondly, performance. Kovac says the true print preview reduces errors and eliminates waste, and being able to print all files across a range of media improves flexibility. But it is the image quality that is the essential factor. "Among our peers, there is a fine appreciation for quality draughtsmanship. The HP Designjet T1500 ePrinter produces a print of such quality that it catches their eye -- they are surprised when we explain it is not the original.

"In the past when we defined the color blue, the print might turn out more green than blue, or the red might emerge as a purplish tinge. With the six Original HP inks, the printer can produce true neutral gray and smooth area fills. This is fantastic because we no longer need to debate among ourselves what went wrong with the color tones on prints."

Print quality is matched by output speeds. "Speed means time and money saved," says Kovac. "Human nature means everyone sails close to a deadline. It is incredible how much time we are able to save with the high volume of prints we produce."

Finally, he says, the benefit of being able to print from virtually anywhere. "The HP Designjet ePrint & Share1 free web service is an exciting technology. The ability to use a smartphone or tablet to access, view and print your projects even when you are nowhere near the printer is fabulous.

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