[vcf-midatlantic] Correction: Semi-OT: printer for new museum signs

Herb Johnson hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Tue Jan 5 16:49:54 EST 2016

Evan wrote:

>  I just learned that even very cheap inkjets, sub-$200, can print 11x17.
 > That might be our best compromise if a larger printer is unaffordable.

There are a number of 11X17 inkjet printers. In fact I own an Epson 
WF-7520 from two years ago which not only prints 11X17, it SCANS 11X17. 
Produces PDF directly to a USB "stick". Scans both sides through the 
automatic feeder. WiFi network-capable. And on sale, these printers are 
near $200. New.

For the handful of signage in discussion, these are reasonably priced, 
and pay for themselves in say a year. Plus one would provide local copy 
and scanning capability (hint hint hint). You'll have to replace ink 
carts at intervals of course, but "printing to flash" avoids a lot of 

And there's laser printers too, some of which also scan, at modest 
prices (but large toner costs).

Buying a larger printer is entirely a VCFed business decision, as it 
would either cost more than a few hundred dollars, or would be a result 
of some donation. But most signage would be 11X17 or smaller, and a 
dedicated printer/scanner for that class of work, at a few hundred 
dollars, would be a reasonable purchase if only to reduce use of a more 
expensive printer and its no-doubt more-expensive supplies.

Translation: burn up a cuppa $200 printers instead of over-using a $1000 
printer. and get a scanner while you're at it.

By the way: a long time ago, didn't InfoAge have a professional class 
large printer on the premises, for large signage?


Herbert R. Johnson,  New Jersey USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net

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