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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:49 pm

Architecture Plans request.

I have had a request for printing architecture plans and have never done this before. The files are in pdf and contain text and basic lines with some thick black areas. I would lke to know if its worth doing on a roland vp300 and whether its better to print or plot the work. i have 15 plans and they all have to be a1 in size and i would like to know what kind of paper would be suitable for this. I have poster paper but i know it will be way too expensive for it.

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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:04 pm

We used to print Architects Drawings on an A0 HP inkjet printer so I would presume you have to print them, I would say black and white, just check whether any colour in them. The old pen plotters, which are not dissimilar to vinyl cutters had a carousel of different thickness pens to plot with so I don't think you could plot them with just one pen. You would have to get a roll of 120g paper or you can get A0 sheets, dont know how easy it is to line them up in a VP300.
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:10 pm

print as fast as it can on to 90gsm plotter paper. solid fills may present a ink overload problem.
ask if they will be taking working measurements from this plan if so make sure that your machine is calibrated for this paper.

as new build plans are being distributed to electricians etc.like this now it will happen more often.

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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:13 pm

We are currently in the process of building a new house and workshop. at the beginning i print up about 10 sets of plans on cheep vinyl and gave them out to trades men and companies to price different aspects of the job.

They all commented on the quality of them and the fact they were water proof and more durable. I even drove over one set with a JCB Teleporter and it made no difference to them.

Because of that we have sold a number of sets (2 Plans to a set) to other clients of our architect for €120 per set. We probably do 4 of 5 sets a month. Each plan is 730 x 1000mm
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:21 pm

Dermot Howard wrote:They all commented on the quality of them and the fact they were water proof and more durable.


Great idea! I remember HP used to do an indestructible paper like vinyl.

I remember my first job in an Architects Office plan printing with ammonia! The paper had a yellow coating, the drawing was on tracing paper, you ran it through a UV light exposing the plan, then run the yellow paper through the ammonia tray, then hang the prints up to dry! :lol1:
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:23 pm

wow!!! I charge about £15.00 for an a1 size!! was that just for the printing??
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:06 pm

David-Foster- wrote:I remember my first job in an Architects Office plan printing with ammonia! The paper had a yellow coating, the drawing was on tracing paper, you ran it through a UV light exposing the plan, then run the yellow paper through the ammonia tray, then hang the prints up to dry! :lol1:

We used the same system at my first job, working in the drawing office at the York Trailer Company. Wow, it seems like forty years ago now.

Hang on a minute - it WAS forty years ago. :( :D
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:11 pm

HI Soyebe.

Well, there is a few min spent laying out the different elevations, floor plans and site map, id say all of 10 min, then its just printing. I also roll up the plans and put them in an old core and it looks the part, its also a way of me getting rid of the cores.

The architect will email you the plans in pdf or dxf(auto cad) and illustrator will open these and you can do the layout in a few min.

People always love building their own house and if thy have a big set of shiny plans to show people they are delighted. Its a sentimental / emotional thing and you can always charge more in a case like that.

Also if the architect tells them about your service, its even better as he is recommending your service and the architect generally is not too cheep, so they will expect to pay a little more than you would charge for prints normally
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:19 pm

What!! Am i missing something here?? I get mine for £1.40 mono for an a1 sheet 90 gsm. :o
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:49 pm

Stuart Green wrote:What!! Am i missing something here?? I get mine for £1.40 mono for an a1 sheet 90 gsm. :o


surely not worth turning the printer on for that money?
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Post Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:09 pm

For colour copies i just do them on my roland, But I know a guy who prints mono a1 sheets for £1.40 dont know what machine he uses but i know its pointless switching my machine on for that. They actually specialize in architecture but do graphic design and have there own printers also. How do they do it?? Dont know but I know that its not worth switching my machine on for it. Rather just mark it up!! :)

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