Technical, CAD and GIS large format printers


Architects inspecting a plan print with a HP Designjet T730 in the background

Printing in architecture, engineering and construction (AEC)

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector is crucial to the UK economy, with construction alone contributing more than £90 billion every year. It also employs thousands of people across the country, with companies of all sizes competing for the big contracts.

Despite a major shift toward digital technologies, these businesses still rely daily on physical visual representations of their work. High-quality printed drawings have an essential part to play in every stage of the building process: from pitching and planning through to execution and analysis.

In the initial phases, architects must be able to accurately demonstrate their ideas to stakeholders. Blueprints must also be accurate to the smallest of measurements, to ensure projects are completed safely and to the high standards expected by everyone involved; one millimetre could mean the difference between success and disaster. 

What do AEC companies need from a printer?

Most printers on the market today have some level of versatility, but there are certainly some features and characteristics that will suit some industries more than others. The AEC sector is no exception, and firms operating in this area will likely be on the lookout for the following:

Accuracy – This, as mentioned above, is essential to AEC firms. Designers, architects and engineers must be able to rely on the finest of details in their printed drawings. Any error, however small, could have severe implications.

Colour capabilities – Thanks in part to the widespread adoption of CAD, AEC firms are relying on colour more than ever. Drawings that depend on more than just black inks are capable of getting a message across more effectively, so firms should prioritise great colour production capabilities.

Speed – With colour printers traditionally much slower than their monochrome counterparts, AEC firms have long been forced to rely on multiple machines to ensure all bases are covered. These days, however, technology allows you to get jobs completed quickly without any compromise.

HP Designjet T3500 scanning a full A1 Colour print of a world map
HP Designjet T7200 being used in an Architects office

Which printers?

HP’s fabulous Designjet range is split into a number of categories, but it’s the T-Series that should be of particular interest to those in the AEC industries. As you may have guessed, the T stands for ‘Technical’, which goes some way to explaining why these machines are so suited to architects, engineers and construction professionals.

Below are some examples of the models most commonly used by AEC companies.

HP Designjet T2530 – One of the more recent additions to the Designjet family, the 36-inch T2530 offers full CAD and GIS capability, allowing users to reproduce their technical drawings with complete accuracy and detail. Speed is another plus-point, with the power to print one A1 page in just 21 seconds.

HP Designjet T7200 – Those looking for a little more versatility will be impressed by the 42-inch T7200, which - at four A1 sheets per minute – is even quicker than the aforementioned T2530. Add to this some fantastic previewing features and it’s easy to see why this machine proves so popular.

Away from HP, you’ll also find great machines from the likes of Epson and Canon. The former, for example, makes the fantastic SureColor SC-T3200, which is capable of producing the finest architectural drawings in record time. The latter’s 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF825 is just as capable, with dual roll loading for maximum productivity.

Perfect Colours offers a wide range of technical printers, perfect for companies working in the AEC industries. Our experts are also on hand to advise on which one might be best for you, so get in touch today to find out more.