It’s not often we get excited about large format printing but HP’s new PageWide XL printers, which can print up 30 A1 colour prints per minute, look to be something rather special.
The new family of machines are the first CAD-focused printers to be based on HP’s PageWide Technology, an inkjet technology that prints from a scalable printhead across the entire page in a single pass.
Traditionally, inkjet printers have moved a smaller head back and forth across the page, so with the new technology one can appreciate just how it can deliver throughput ranging from 8 to 30 A1 documents per minute. Check out the video above to see this in action.
HP reckons the new printers are so fast that they can do the job of two printers in one single device, providing monochrome and colour prints speeds up to 60 percent faster than the fastest monochrome light-emitting diode (LED) printer. If HP delivers as promised, this is groundbreaking stuff.
There are four models for use in production environments and engineering departments. Here are the specs.
The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer
High-end production printing
Up to 30 D/A1-size prints per minute
Two 775 milliliter ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching
Up to six rolls
The HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer and Multi-function Printer (MFP)
Small- to medium-sized reprographic houses
Up to 14 D/A1-size prints per minute
Two 400 milliliter ink cartridges per colour with automatic switching
Up to four rolls of media
The HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer and MFP
Technical work teams, including architects and engineers
Up to 12 D/A1-size prints per minute.
The HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer and MFP
Technical work teams and copy shops
Up top 8 D/A1-size prints per minute
HP is also be applying a similar technology to 3D printing. Check out HP’s J Scott Schiller talking at DEVELOP3D about HP’s forthcoming Multi Jet Fusion technology.