30 Nov 2023

Creating an intelligent workflow with HP DesignJet printers

You can batch-process design files, automate manual tasks, switch to additive technologies for prototyping and use AI to simulate stress testing — but what about printing?

Increasingly, the best CAD design tools have built-in artificial intelligence which helps designers, engineers and architects find the best forms for their intended purpose, helping shortcut the design cycle.

This is just one way in which design professionals are finding new and innovative ways to streamline their work, cut out unnecessary iterations and get to the result the client needs, faster.

Whether it’s 3D printing for faster prototyping, gathering data on designs in their environment with augmented reality or using BIM to turn schematics into ever-evolving datascapes, designers are constantly finding new ways to make their work more efficient and intelligent.

But what about printing?

Printing roughs, client presentations and blueprints often feels like the one part of the design workflow that can’t be accelerated, except by simply making the print engine faster. So, is this really true?

Building intelligence into the large-format print process

In reality, improving the speed at which the physical parts of the print engine — the latest HP DesignJet plotters print an A1-size design in as little as 30 seconds — is just one aspect of making printing for designers faster, and more integrated into their workflow.

“One of things we saw clearly in our own design process,” explains Colin Easton, Large Format Printing Channel Manager at HP UK, “was that professionals were working in increasingly diverse ways with their projects. They might want to print the same file, or batch of files, at different sizes for different purposes or audiences. They might also want to work on a file on site and then print from the taxi to the next job. Yet their print workflows didn’t allow them to do that, without a huge amount of manual configuration and troubleshooting at the very least.”

To overcome these challenges and meet customers’ evolving needs, HP has released the new DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio Printer series. All three new product ranges are built specifically to help design professionals accelerate their workflows and eliminate unnecessary production overheads.

Simplicity that integrates seamlessly into your work routine

One of the most effective, and deceptively easy, workflow optimisations on the new models is simplified multi-size printing. Without manually switching the media source, you can print files at any size from A0 to A3 at the click of a mouse.

Print submission have also been simplified overall, allowing you to print multiple files with a single click. And print times for multiple files are up to two times faster than they are for comparable printers from competitors.

Another key innovation is the ability to print from any connected device, anywhere. Not only does this allow your staff to print from on site or when they’re in transit, it makes it easy for partners and clients to print files, either remotely or when they are visiting your offices. In the new, flexible workstyle of the post-COVID world, this helps you collaborate effectively, smoothly and at speed — keeping your workflows moving.

These features are in addition to the other improvements to the new HP DesignJet printers. They include the extreme simplicity — with an easy-to-use print driver and an improved 'true print' preview mode — and the ability to manage your large-format printer from anywhere, using the HP Smart app.

“The new HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio Printer series are large-format plotters designed to produce the very highest quality output, and also to automate and simplify workflows, so design professionals can concentrate on their work, not getting the printer to work,” said Colin Easton. “These new printer series are ideal for creative professionals – and prove that printing, with the right technology, is absolutely an area that can be streamlined to become even more efficient.”

To discover more about the HP DesignJet T200, T600 and Studio Printer series and how their design can streamline modern working, please click here