Wide-format Output--The Bigger Picture
ColorSpan recently announced its DisplayMaker Series XII of Gamut+ variable mode wide-format printers. DisplayMaker Series XL products include 12 600 dpi ink-jet printheads, reaching beyond the CMYK color gamut. DisplayMaker Series XII ink-jet printers include 52˝, 62˝ and 72˝ widths. Each of the 12 600 dpi ink-jet printheads use ColorSpan's Endura Chrome or Perma Chrome inks to produce images with apparent resolution of up to 1,800 dpi. The DisplayMaker Series XII includes several productivity tools, including AutoInk, AutoSet, AutoJet and
AutoTune, designed to result in higher quality output in an unattended environment. ColorSpan's DisplayMaker HiRes eight-color printers, in 42˝, 52˝, 62˝ and 72˝ widths, include eight ink-jet printheads for using ColorSpan multi-density inks to produce continuous tone printing with an apparent 1,200 dpi image resolution.
With Pantone's blessing, Roland recently announced Hexachrome certification for its Hi-Fi JET 1,440 dpi wide-format printer. As part of the licensing agreement for the Hi-Fi JET, Pantone has completed certification of the Hi-Fi JET for PANTONE Hexachrome colors. The device is now calibrated to ensure accurate and consistent color reproduction of PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM colors using CMYK, orange and green archivable pigmented inks.
The six-color Hi-Fi JET ink-jet large-format printer is available in two models, 40˝ and 50˝ widths, both capable of achieving 1,440x720 dpi printing with 64 nozzle micropiezo printheads.
Prices & Points
Making the Big Decision
Pricepoints for wide-format printing devices fluctuate wildly, from piezoelectric systems with 160 dpi resolutions with price tags of $5,000, to thermal output devices boasting 600 dpi at $12,000, to elaborate 720 dpi—or higher—resolution devices based on the piezoelectric printing method starting around $15,000.
Prices will differ, depending on the extent to which an individual wide-format device is bolstered with bells and whistles, including high production output power and the print quality of the device's maximum resolution. For example, prices for more production environment output devices can hit as high as the $300,000 mark—or considerably higher.