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Get to Know the History of the Wide Format Printer

October 29, 2018

Dating back to the tail end of the 20th century, the original wide format printers allowed photographers and artists to print their proofs in unmatched color and clarity that hadn’t been possible by existing printers before. Today, printing technology offers a permanence and increased vibrancy to printed pieces, allowing them to be enjoyed for years to come.

The Iris Graphics Model 3047

Does this name ring a bell? The Iris Graphics Model 3047 was the original wide format printer introduced in 1989, intended for direct digital graphic arts proofing. With a $126,000 price tag, these were few and far between and were used mainly by professional photographers.

While this printer could successfully color-match inks used in offset printing, the prints and pieces produced by this machine were intended for short-term display only, as the proofing industry at the time didn’t consider the importance of light stability in printing inks.

Advancements in Wide Format Printing

As more artists and photographers learned about the potential of large format printing in the late 1990s and into the 21st century, innovation flourished. Professional photo editing software paired with more affordable technology gave more photographers and artists the opportunity to produce their work at the highest quality.

Today, as technology continues to improve, expect to see even more wide format printing applications, from car, window, and wall graphics to innovative signage, point of sale displays, poster printing, and more.

Wide Format Printers for Sale

Working with businesses in a wide variety of industries, Pacific Office Automation supplies office equipment to meet those needs, from desktop to wide format printers and more. Browse our current selection of professional grade large format printers in our products section.

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