Top 5 GIS Printers

Searching for the best GIS printer option for your business in 2020? We've compiled a list of the top 5 best wide format Printers for GIS that prints simple CAD technical/lines drawings  … after all, we're here to make your job easier!

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  1. HP PageWide XL 3600/3900:                                                                   










40-inch color printer/36 in color scanner             

  • Model #’s depend on speed:
  • Designjet XL3600 = 2 “D”/min (D= 24 X 36)
  • PageWide XL 3900 = 6 “D”/min
  • PageWide XL 4100 = 10 “D”/min
  • PageWide 4600 = 15 “D”/min
  • PageWide XL5100 = 20 “D”/min

Recommended for Mid-Level production (over 5k sq ft per mo)

The PageWide series has been a game-changer in the A/E/C wide format print world. For the first time ever, you can get wide-format color printing for about the same cost as the standard monochrome. Now those that have a color device sitting next to their monochrome device – can have color printing (and color scanning) at even faster speeds than your monochrome.

For instance, the PW XL3900 prints at 6 “D”/min – so definitely faster than the aqueous inkjet device. And you can bill back clients with the software Smart Tracker – helping recoup your costs of printing.

The PageWides come standard holding 2 rolls of media (upgradeable to 4 rolls and with “auto-switching”) – saving time as you won’t have to switch out rolls for a different size or type of media. The scanner scans beautifully up to 1200 DPI – so scanned “light” line drawings, rendering, and aerials will give you clear crisp imaging.

Because of the no-heat process with pigment inks – you can print on media you can’t print on with monochrome devices – such as photo paper, satin glossy paper, and TYVEK. Plus, IT people will like that HP offers the world's most secure wide format printers in the world.



2. HP Designjet T2600 PostScript EMFP




  • 36 in color printer/color scanner

Recommended for low to mid-level production (0 – 10K sq ft per mo)

This is a best-seller – perfect for the small to a mid-size engineering firm. The T2600 will print in color and scan in color at 2 “D”/min. The printer comes with an options 2 roll – so you don’t have to switch out a paper every time you change media or roll sizes. Paper is front-loading and the T2600 comes with Smart Roll Switching.

Engineers also like the large touch screen interface -- 15.6 inches. Now including drivers for 6the Winos and MAC OS, direct printing from the USB flash drive, email printing, HP Smart App (print, scan, share for the iOS/Android/Smartphones/tablets and HP Click batch printing software.

Prints in 6 colors with pigment and dye-based ink – giving you durability, holds up in the weather and gives you a bright color distinction. Being able to scan will speed up your workflow – easily scan and email revisions and hand-annotated red lines to your partners.

Since prints stack on the top – users won’t have to retrieve prints that fall into a lower bin (and then on to the floor) – a very nice feature.



3. HP Designjet T1600: 36 in color CAD printer





Recommended for the low to mid-volume users (3000 sq ft – 10,000 sq ft per mo)

The HP T1600 is a best seller – easy to use, beautiful crisp clear prints, and 2 “D” per minute for speed are the features our customers love. It also has the “Top Stacking” so prints stack on top – and don’t drop into a lower bin and eventually on the floor.

The T1600 can come in a single roll or dual-roll configuration and with or without PostScript (but PostScript is always recommended.) The robust T1600 will give many years of printing and is super reliable.



4. Canon image PROGRAPH TX-3000/TX4000 MFP





  • Canon TX-3000 MFP = 36 in printer/scanner
  • Canon TX-4000 MFP = 44 in printer/ 36 in scanner

Recommended for low to mid-level production needing both technical and graphic prints printed and needs color scanning

This is the affordable option for those who need a 44 in printer AND scanning. Canon users love the quality of prints that are produced – and the ability to scan -to file and scan to copy all in one piece of equipment. You can even scan to a USB.

The Smart Works scanning software offers an easy to use interface with customizable background and resets, scan to multi-page PDF, and the ability to preview the scan on the screen as well as mark up a document directly on the monitor.

Wi-Fi connectivity is standard for the TX series. In addition, the TX stacker can stack up to 100 “D” size prints for increased productivity – and when not needed the TX Stacker can be folded for a smaller printer footprint.

Canon users are always impressed with the print quality that comes with the LUCIA TD pigment ink system – which always produces fine lines and sharp texts – plus it provides a balance between bleed resistance, black density, and water resistance not found in aqueous dye ink.



5. HP Designjet T730: 36 in color CAD printer




Recommended for low volume users (500 sq ft – 3000 sq ft per mo

Most commonly seen in home offices and job site trailers, the HP Designjet T730 prints clear, sharp technical prints. It is a compact Wi-fi printer best for CAD environments. While it has only 1GB of memory and no PostScript – it is perfect for the very low volume environment.

No LAN is needed – you can move this printer any time any place your WI-Fi signal can reach with wireless connectivity. Plus the T730 comes with a sheet feeder so you can print ½ sizes easily and economically.

The T730 also can be purchased to be stored in a Knaak Data Vault box for security on job sites.


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