Wide Format Printing Is All The Rage At Hotel Trade Shows

Wide Format Printing Is All The Rage At Hotel Trade Shows

Welcome To Wide Format Printing
Wide format printing, or large format printing, is a process that prints large format artwork or signage on a print roll width between 18 and 100 inches. Grand format printing prints on rolls over 100 inches wide. Posters, wallpaper, banners, murals, architectural drawings, construction plans, trade show graphics and theatrical and media backdrops are among the many products that require a wide format.

More economical than screen printers, wide format printers generally use inkjet technology and print on a roll of media instead of individual sheets. Some types of wide format printers based on form of ink transfer include:

1. Aqueous. These printers use aqueous or water-based ink. Aqueous printer technology is similar to that of a desktop inkjet printer.

2. Dye sublimation. Different inks create photographic-quality prints.

3. Solvent. Solvent ink is not water based and thus produces waterproof prints. Some solvent inks contain petroleum or petroleum-based by-products; others contain glycol esters or glycol ether esters. One disadvantage of solvent inks is that as they dry, they emit fumes that can potentially be harmful. The odor strength depends on the level of solvent.

4. UV. These inks dry when they’re cured with ultraviolet, or UV, light. This method creates prints that are both intense and waterproof.

Wide Format Printing Services

Many reputable companies offer wide format printing services. Charges for printing posters range from just over $7 a square foot to nearly $124 for a 2-foot by 3-foot super heavyweight print with mount, laminate and easel.

Prices for printing banners can range from around $16 for a 1.6-foot by 3-foot indoor banner to over $95 for a 3-foot by 8-foot outdoor banner.

The cost for printing signs can range from roughly $9 for a 12-inch by 18-inch single-sided sign to around $50 for a 24-inch by 32-inch sign.

Engineering prints can cost between around $2 for an 18-inch by 24-inch black-and-white print and about $12 for a 36-inch by 48-inch colored print.

Wide Format Printers

If you prefer to create your own wide format printing, there are a number of printers on the market from which to choose. You’ll want a printer that efficiently produces high-quality material. The cost for a wide format printer can range from $5,000 for a basic machine to more $80,000 for one with all the extras.

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