We recently had an enquiry from a potential client - an Architects practice. They were looking for a new multifunctional printer for their office. They had been gathering quotes and searching the web for relevant recommendations. The lack of reliable information surprised them!
Plenty of firms flogging boxes but no real advice specific to the needs of an Architect. So what should you ask your potential copier supplier? What criteria should you set when looking for a new copier? OK so you'll need A3 for check plots, presentation documents and small scale drawings - thats a given.
What else matters?
Well, first among equals is quality. Does the device you are considering render fine detail? Good halftones and accurate colour?
Does it have a specific CAD setting to achieve this? Ensure you get your most challenging documents test printed by the supplier.
Next, consider application compatibility. No matter which software package you use for your work, you will need to ensure the printer is compatible. You can always print PDF first and then send to the printer but this doesn't always yield the best result. If possible get your supplier to test print those files from your native application
So you're happy that the machine will produce quality drawings and and renders. You're happy that it will play nice with your Mac or Windows network. You've had some sample prints from different machines... but you still can't make a choice. What else could a machine offer that will help you?
If you make sure that you choose an open platform based machine, it will likely have a way to integrate with everyday tasks. e.g. scan to Dropbox, Google Drive or Sharepoint. All invaluable for sharing project resources with clients and colleague.
Most important of all, make sure your supplier deals with your market, understands its needs and of course gives you a great deal!