Canon is to launch a new range of CAD printers, the ImagePrograf TX series. There are three models – the 24ins TX-2000, 36ins TX-3000 and 44in TX-4000. There are also MFP versions of the 36ins and 44ins models.
Canon says that it has updated the ink system, print head and mechanical platform. This includes a new Lucia TD pigmented ink, which Canon claims will deliver fine lines, sharp text and vibrant colours suitable. This ink offers a degree of water resistance so that printed drawings can be viewed at outdoor construction or engineering sites. It can print to plain paper and Canon claims that the image quality is good enough for posters on both coated and uncoated paper though I think this largely depends on what you expect poster quality to look like.
There’s an option to fit two rolls so that you can easily switch between different media, which is fairly common nowadays with CAD printers. There’s a new stacker that can hold 100 A0 sheets, and can be easily folded up to save space when not in use.
Hiroaki Shirakawa, LFP Product Management Manager, said: “Where previously, CAD drawings were printed in centres using LED plotters, today, many offices or construction sites require their own inkjet printers to produce drawings on demand. In response to this, we’ve designed a high performance, high-speed inkjet that’s ideally suited to replace entry-level LED plotters that comes with a host of other advantages such as colour printing, low TCO as well as unbeatable quality and sharpness.”
The two MFP models, the TX-3000MFP T36 and TX-4000MFP T36, come with a built-in 36-ins scanner and a 15.6-inch touchscreen panel as well as the SmartWorks MFP version 5 with customisable menus and buttons.
All of these printers can handle data-heavy HP-GL/2 CAD files, can integrate with office workflows and support direct printing from USB flash drives. This new TX series also gains disk encryption, protocol locking and secure data transmission with measures such as SNMPv3 and IPSec support to prevent leaks and intrusions.
According to Canon’s press release, these are not due to ship in the Europe and Middle East region until December though they’re already listed on Canon’s UK website: https://www.canon.co.uk/business-printers-and-faxes/colour-plotter-printers/