Printers and Plotters that do ACCURATE Mylar or Plastic Film Overlays
I’m looking for input on any models of printer / plotters that do well for ACCURATE mylar or plastic film overlays. Trying to hold max of +/- .020” over a 19” length. What I’d like is anyone’s experience with a model that is scalable in the X & Y directions separately.
Background: AudoCAD has a user mode where you can tell it to print a rectangle (ie 19.00” * 20.00”). It prints it, you measure it and put the actual back in (18.98” * 20.03”). AudoCAD then compensates and saves the profile as a PS3 file. From then on (using the new PS3 file) all your drawings are dead on.
Problem is that SolidWorks does not have the ability to do this (only where you can do printing as 101% etc) which is not tight enough. The newer printers do not have this ability either. The wide format Xerox lasers are not accurate enough in both directions and don’t support scaling / compensation either. I’d like an inkjet type but might be stuck with a plotter. As for checking the company web sites, brochures, and their tech support (HP) it’s useless. One says within 0.1% and the other 0.01%. Tad bit of difference and you get different answers when you call back just to see if you get the same answer. The mylars are used to check product on a comparator.
I know I’m old school but doesn’t it make sense that if the “technology” was available back for CAD & plotters it would be on the newer stuff as well? That it would be one of the whole points of a printer that big (36” or bigger)? I welcome any suggestions or thoughts. Thanks.