MakerBot 3D Printer ……… Arrr Me Hearty!

makerbot_3d_skullIt’s always interesting the things we get asked to print on the mighty MakerBot 3D Printer ……… Arrr me hearty!


A Very Sad Week Indeed!

292ppm Copy SpeedSo this week is a very sad one for us here at Blueprint Imaging, as we have finally retired our trusty Ricoh MP C2800.

The super reliable little 28ppm backup machine was sent off the be recycled and turned into a Ricoh Park Bench or maybe a bunch of Ricoh Scooter Docks. So even though it’s retired it will still be doing good work.

On the plus side we have replaced it with a new mid-range Ricoh. This latest little Full Colour 50ppm machine has a multi-optioned booklet finisher and 4-Way Hole Punch unit installed and is now sitting nicely in the corner with its identical twin, doubling our booklet printing speed when our mighty Ricoh Pro C5110s are busy on other tasks.

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Needed faster large format scanning, so got this as well ……… The Contex IQ Quattro 4400!


So it turns out that when you increase your large format printing speed, you have to speed up your large format scanning as well.  So this little beauty was acquired to handle the task.

The Contex IQ Quattro 4400 is a very special machine, it’ll scan an A0 / E size document in just 3.5 seconds.

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Needed faster large format printing, so got this ……… The Epson SureColor SC-T7000!

epson_surecolor_sct7000_colour_printerTurns out, due to the high volume of large format work we have been getting this year we needed more speed, so we decided to grab one of these bad boys to solve the problem.

The Epson SureColor Technical series is a versatile and compact range of printers. They are designed for users who need to produce high resolution, large-format colour and black-and-white images, economically and at high speed. They are compatible with a wide range of media from basic bond paper to thick cardboard, and are ideal for maps, architectural drawings, technical schematics, geological surveys, sales presentations, indoor signage and display.

The SC-T7000 uses Epson’s patented Thin Film MicroPiezo™ print head latest generation pigment based aqueous UltraChrome® ink technology. The head supports fast printing with an A0 image produced in as little as 50s while the ink high resolution images that are resistant to damage through abrasion and moisture exposure. The ink is cost effective and supplied in individual colour cartridges that come in a range of sizes to suit different production levels. Designed for business and corporate environments, the printer can be used stand-alone or networked. It features a small footprint, convenient front loading, low noise, and power consumption. It comes with a large suite of software that facilitates easy printing from office and CAD applications, job costing and remote management.

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Something else we just can't stop watching ……… The Duplo DC-646 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser!

duplo_dc-646_machineSo this is a great time saver, unless, like us, you count the time we now spend watching it work that is.

The Duplo DC-646 Slitter/Cutter/Creaser is Duplo’s versatile digital color finisher providing printers the ability to create a multitude of unique full-bleed applications with more efficiency and flexibility. Performing up to 8 slits, 25 cuts and 20 creases in a single pass, the DC-646 eliminates white borders and prevents toner cracking on fold lines up to 30 sheets per minute and also offers optional rotary tool and cross perforating modules, both with strike-perforating capabilities, for increased versatility.

With the DC-646, users can produce 24-up business cards on 12″ x 18″ or 36-up on 14″ x 26″ paper sizes, slit-score greeting cards, micro-perforated coupons, direct mailers with tear-away cards, and much more!

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Better not forget about this ……… The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner!

makerbot_digitizer_scannerIntroducing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

With just two clicks, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s easy to use, yet sophisticated software creates clean, watertight 3D models that are ready to 3D print.

We’ve optimized the whole process to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, but you get standard design files to use on the 3D printer of your choice.

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Recommended Read : Leo The Maker Prince

leo_the_makerLEO the Maker Prince teaches children ( both young and old ) about 3D printing by following Carla and LEO’s journey through Brooklyn.

LEO is a walking, talking robot who happens to be able to print ( in plastic ) any object that Carla draws.

The other robots in the book have their own special capabilities: H1-H0 prints in metal, Sinclair can find and print objects from a huge catalogue of designs, and the others ( including AL1C3-D, IRIS-7, and NiXie ) have unique talents, too.

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We’re carboNZero, are you ?


We’re carboNZero, are you ?

As of the 15th of February 2010, Business Applications Limited, our parent company became a carboNZero Certified Small Enterprise company. Making us one of the first to companies in Gisborne to achieve this qualification.

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Oh, so did we mention this ……… The MakerBot Replicator 2!


Welcome to prosumer 3D printing. With a resolution capability of 100 microns and a massive 410 cubic inch build volume, the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer is our easiest, fastest and most affordable tool yet for making professional-quality models.

We set a new standard with our work, so that you can set a new standard with yours.

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Got one of these as well now ……… a Duplo Automatic Paper Folder!


Got one of these as well now ……… a Duplo Automatic Paper Folder to save our fingers from those annoying paper cuts!

The Duplo DF-980 Automatic Paper Folder is the quietest tabletop folding machine in the industry.

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