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What is Plotter Paper

Understanding Plotter Paper already may date you. It will always be a USA major resource.

There are boats today that use a plotting machine to plot a course through high and low waters. Although there is, at times, a boat that may have a depth plotter in which they  may print the plots of course to review them later the papers used are not quite the same as the majority use and printing staff that understand plotter papers.

It is the Pen Plotter’s Fault.  Before the canon inkjet or hp office jet printer many were drawing by hand or had a pen plotting devise in use, or were trying to get one.  Just as the name says it used a Pen to draw vector points A to B, B to C etc and often revealed a print just as if it were done by hand.  To scale a blueprint model on paper to show the doors and windows of a building project or a myriad of uses in building the future from the 1970’s forward.   Such is true because of the number of US Plotter Printers out there today. (and just a side note if you are in America you will be able to find all you need with us for this article like all our articles are going to be copied or plagiarized to such a level by those in UK or some company working for Staples or Office max that it will become hard to find a quality of what ones needs on the net. Suggested to just go to our website and book-mark the page for the internet is just going to become more saturated as days go by) The difference with our company one will find is not only customer service but a quality that has LESS issues, LESS jamming, and faster turnaround. Everything else is just internet noise. If you own your own company that stands behind quality you already know this and in all promise this is not said with any disrespect nor a ‘boasting attitude’ yet there is a difference and your $3,000.00 plus cost plotter machine is worth no more issues, no sputter printing and no one at the end of the phone saying, “what?, I am sorry… what?”.

Ok – back to the topic of plotting around. After the pen plotter, which those are still sold and refurbished, the idea of the plot matrix to dot matrix gave the engineers at Hewlett Packard an idea; if we could generate a printer that sat on the desk or was so user friendly that those who could afford it could use it on their yacht boat or architect firm and we should think about the office. That was all it took hence the Office Jet was created … more to come

Wide-Format Vellum Pen or Inkjet Plotter Paper

Wide-Format Vellum using Pen Inkjet Plotter Paper Supplies

It is understood Inkjet Vellum Plotter Paper used today is spun from Cotton yet there was a time when the name Vellum stood for a couple of things, one; a writing parchment which pig stomach was sun dried, stretched and drafted (with a few word of the time) on. History records this as far back as the Jesuit priests Later it became cow hide.

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During the same time line the same stomach of those pigs was treated, soaked and barbequed of the day then eaten. Yes, the name then too was Vellum. Can you imagine people speaking of that era saying things like, “Tonight we have Vellum, YUM what a delicacy”, and that is exactly what it was known as, a Good time food. Vellum became popular as the archival ppr go paper go today blue 1b12parchment of choice mainly due to the water resistant properties of the animal hide. Vellum always a translucent, almost transparent at times, yet with good strength, untearable gave it another endearing archival quality. It was Hewlet Packard that rolled a “tracing paper”, used in the Designjet series, which inclined the demand for a translucent material and since there was a new process of calling for Vellum from Cotton, the users would line up and again governments were using the material, same name, however, entirely new process and material for cotton was used. Widely used, by many, was the Pen plotter (the predecessor of the Inkjet technology) where a pen was used via a program and computer from point to point vector plots were, and still are somewhat today, formed and used. Koh-i-noor, an Indian origin company, made the commonly used points on the pen plotter whereas by which size the engineer used on the pen, the engineer could determine the spread of ink upon the Vellum, with Inkjet Technology it is the droplets sprayed on the Vellum that become the print or image we use. Herein is still the tricky part today. Since Vellum does not absorb the ink (as most Bond like media does) the ink has to dry before the media is moved. It takes patience to print Vellum and one may wish to choose the fasting drying Vellum on the market today, with that being said, here are a few tricks, or trick that may speed the process.

Things You’ll Need

  • Blank vellum sheets
  • Inkjet printer
  • Permanent gel pens
  • Hairdryer

Using; Vellum with Inkjet Plotter Paper Printer Choose a relatively thin vellum paper. Thicker sheets move through printers less smoothly. Wide Format Vellum Plotter Paper 17 lb (17#) (17 pounds) is the most common on the thin side and 20lb or 20# (20 pounds) when talking thick side. Read your printer manual and make sure that “Transparency” is included under “Recommended Paper Brands.” Set your printer on “Draft Printing'” or “Economy Printing.”

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This will ensure that very little ink will be printed onto the non-absorbent vellum paper. Feed one sheet of vellum paper into the printer and print a small test on it before printing your entire project. Monitor it to make sure the paper moves smoothly. When the printer has finished, remove the sheet, taking care not to touch the printed ink. Leave the ink to dry for about 20 minutes. Speed up the process by blowing hot air onto it from a hairdryer. Keep the hairdryer about half a foot away from the vellum, to prevent the ink from blowing around or causing the ink to feather. After 20 min, If your test print looks right, print the rest of your project. Using Pen Plotter or Gel Pen

Use permanent ink gel pens. Use dark colors if you are using light vellum paper and light colors like white or silver if you are using dark paper.

Test a small area of vellum paper with a gel pen. Leave it to dry for 20 minutes. Put a few droplets of water on the ink once it is dry. If the ink runs, then you are using the wrong kind of ink gel pens.

  • Print most of your project using a printer, but if it is too light, go over it by hand, using a permanent ink pen. You can also add fine details by hand.

references: Chris Moore, 30 years Sales Team Leader South East @ Dietzgen Media —————————————————————————-