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.

So thanks to the latest addition to the family, we now have a total A4 printing speed of 292ppm from our fleet of Ricoh machines and with the Duplo DF-980 Automatic Paper Folder almost keeping up and hitting speeds of up to 246ppm things are just flying along.

So if you need high volume, high quality, high speed, printing or folding, feel free to drop in any time and check out how we can help you.


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.

Faster: Spend less time scanning and instead focus on what matters to you. Scan A0/E-size colour documents in just 3.5 seconds and get all the details you need.

Smarter: Works the way you do. Collaborating with large plans and documents suddenly becomes a seamless part of your day-to-day operation. IQ Quattro is networked with your entire workgroup and Cloud enabled so anybody in your project team can use it from their smartphone.

Better: Shadows and unwanted background are suppressed leaving you with crisp, sharp and natural scans – ready to be used in your continued workflow.

Unique technology: With Contex CleanScan CIS modules, superfast Ethernet and award-winning Nextimage software, Contex IQ Quattro is the leading scanner for technical projects.

The IQ Quattro scanner is the 4th generation CIS scanner from Contex and contains proven technology from our CCD range and CIS technology refined to match our customers requirements for high quality, speed and ease of use.

IQ Quattro scanners are ideal for project groups. Scan documents and enhance your files in AutoCAD.

Key Features;

  • Fast, crisp and sharp scans of regular and oversized documents
  • Fit for multi-site network
  • Scan speed up to 14 ips / sec in colour with Sigma and CFR
  • CleanScan - provides leading image quality
  • Gigabit Network
  • Magnetic document guides
  • Using only 0.5W in standby
  • Recovery from standby in just 1 second by simply loading the document
  • Cloud Enabled

Up to A0/E-size originals:
Return guides for easy document handling, by returning documents to the user with rewind through scanner. Return guides are detachable. Magnetic document guides can be used to support long documents and makes precise document loading easier.

Contex CleanScan – provides leading quality:
With new methods for diffusion you you will get the most natural light in your scans.

More power in every pixel:
Contex CleanScan CIS modules with unmatched image quality combined with the award winning Nextimage Software.

PageDrop Enabled:
Any PageDrop enabled Contex scanner can send documents directly to your preferred destinations. PageDrop does not require a PC. Instead it simply utilizes your smart phone or tablet to control the process. Load the document, scan the QR code, and send the document directly to your desired destination.

Manufacturers Link : The Contex IQ Quattro 4400


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.

Key Features;

  • High Productivity – prints an A0 image in as little as 50sec
  • High Flexibility – supports roll, cut sheet and thick board up to 44” (1118mm) wide and uses five individual colour ink cartridges including a matt and photo black that automatically switch depending on the output requirement
  • High Convenience – large LED control panel, all-front loading consumables with spindle-less roll media handling and barcode system
  • Multi-sheet Output Bin – holds 20 sheets of plain paper
  • Compact Design – features a small footprint with all connections conveniently located together on one site for corner installation
  • Cost Effective Operation – low power consumption, large waste tank and individual colour ink cartridges available in a choice of 110ml, 350ml and 700ml sizes to suit different output levels and cost-per-print requirements.
  • Epson Thin Film MicroPiezo™ (TFP) Print Head – 2880x1440dpi resolution with automatic head alignment and Variable Sized Dot Technology™ (VSDT) for exceptional fine lines, solid dark areas, superior half tones and optimised ink usage
  • Super-Rigid Stand – robot assembled with laser welding for maximum precision and strength. Enables high speed printing with minimal movement and noise.
  • High-Speed Auto Cutter – cuts an A1 sheet in 2sec with high precision finish
  • Full Workgroup Support – large memory with integrated HP-GL/2 support1, high speed Ethernet, remote management and e-mail notification, job costing, remote e-mail notification and optional 250GB HDD for continuous multi-user operation with rapid reprint facility
  • Epson UltraChrome™ XD ink – all-pigment based aqueous construction provides for consistent and vibrant colour with an enhanced gamut range and high resistance to damage through exposure to moisture and scratching.

Manufacturers Link : The Epson SureColor SC-T7000 Printer


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!

The DC-646 comes built-in with a CCD scanner, enabling it to recall any job stored in memory simply by reading the printed barcode and automatically setting up the job. The scanner also reads registration marks, correcting the sheet-by-sheet image shift and delivering accurately finished pieces every time. Barcodes and registration marks can be easily applied with the EFI Fiery Command Workstation impose tool.

Link to manufacture : The Duplo DC-646

Link to video : Demo

Printing staff cards :


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.

makerbot_gnome_modelYou don’t need any design or 3D modeling skills to get started, and it all happens in just minutes.Behind the two-click simplicity is a powerful and complex reconstruction process. MakerWare for Digitizer contains an algorithm that connects hundreds of thousands of points into a seamless digital mesh in just seconds.

makerbot_replicator2_gnomeThere’s no patching, stitching, or repairing required, so you can skip straight to your creative process. We’ve worked hard to create software that saves you time.MakerBot MultiScan Technology allows you to scan objects from multiple angles to capture the top, bottom, and hidden parts of your object. You can then “merge” them together to create the best possible 3D model.

Manufactures Link : MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner

Welcome to the future, today!


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.

Readers can come along for the journey, too: all of the objects in the book are printable one way or another.

Link :

All and all a great way to introduce children to the world of 3D printing. Pick it up at your local bookstore now.


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.

So now, even though we are Blue, we’re still very Green. For more information check out the carboNZero site or our Environmental Statement.

So what is carboNZero ?

The carboNZero programme was established in 2001 by Landcare Research New Zealand Limited, one of New Zealand’s leading Crown Research Institutes, owned by the New Zealand government. The programme is based on over a decade of research on climate change, greenhouse gas measurement and carbon monitoring.

Blueprint Imaging recognises the urgency of this issue and, as an innovation centre involved in the development of environmental technologies, aims to become an early adopter of and leader in sustainable business activity in New Zealand. We want not only to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, but also to inspire others to demonstrate their commitment to maintaining and enhancing New Zealand’s environment.

An internationally recognised greenhouse gas ( GHG ) emissions management and reduction scheme for organisations, products, services and events, offering optional mitigation strategies through the provision of credible and verified offsets. Organisations that have measured, managed ( reduced ) and mitigated ( offset ) their GHG emissions can be carboNZero certified.

Blueprint Imaging, being blue and keeping it green!



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.

Look this up right now :

Manufactures information :

Types of Filaments able to be used :

OK, let’s pull some heart strings :

For more information on this amazing technology, come in and see Martin, Paul, Kathy or Daniel today for a demo or contact us on 06 868 6096 or at any time.


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.

With a high speed of up to 246 sheets per minute, the DF-980 utilizes Duplo’s patented three-roller friction feed system to process a wide range of paper stocks and also comes equipped with Optical Double Feed Detection to ensure personalized documents are folded one sheet at a time. Easy to use and built-in with sound absorbers for quiet operation, the DF-980 eliminates folding by hand and is perfect for any office environment.

The DF-980 comes pre-programmed with six standard fold types including single, double, half accordion, letter, accordion and gate – enabling users to fold a variety of applications at the touch of a button.

The DF-980 automatically detects five of the most popular paper sizes and sets the pre-programmed fold position without any adjustments required. Users can also create custom fold styles with non-standard paper sizes simply by moving the fold plates via the user-friendly control panel and save them into one of its 20 job memories. Further extending its capabilities, the DF-980 comes standard with a cross folding unit to reprocess single folded sheets into right angle folds.

Find out more at : or come and see how fast this little thing really is any time.



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