This Precision Coatings wide format ink jet product is called Photorepositionable. You can stick it on glass, then remove it. Next week you can stick the same poster on a wall for another exhibit. Then remove it. Over and over.

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Precision Coatings Inc makes a wide format product for ENCAD NovaJet Pro wide format ink jet color printers far superior to mere static cling, and much more practical than adhesive wide format media.

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Here FLAAR staff Teddi DeLeo (Office Manager 1998) and Cindy Spiers (retired Office Manager) admire the Photo-repositionable poster. Once pressed against the glass the poster will stay there.

A nice feature of wide format printers with thermal print head technology in general (such as Encad, HP, and ColorSpan) is that you can use all kinds of different media from traditional paper to a wide variety of unusual materials.
It's all called "media" whether paper, synthetic, thick or thin. Photo Gloss, Photo semi-gloss, and Photo matte are my three favorite kinds of material to print on. The surface has to be coated for ink jet inks... you cannot get a good print from an untreated surface.

Media for wide format printers tends to come in rolls 100 feet long though some special kinds of media comes in shorter, 30' rolls. 24" is the minimum width. Even if you have a printer that can handle 36" or wider rolls, you can easily put on a 24" roll of paper. However if you have a wide format printer it may be easier and more economical to print 24" high across your full width than to print 24" on 24" paper.

This eye-catching image has been licensed to Weyerhaeuser for letter and legal size color printing samples. If your digital imaging company wishes to license an image(s) from the FLAAR Photo Archive, we have thousands available. We also produce new images for specific purposes, such as the unique textile pattern here, done for the FLAAR Digital Imaging Resource Center for testing color media.

If you need information on what inkjet media to consider for your own wide format printing, we have two sources: first source are the independent FLAAR Reports on inkjet media.

Second source is a company who knows media inside out, LexJet Direct. Contacts for LexJet are Tel 800-453-9538, from outside USA 941-330-1210 , Fax 941-330-1220 e-mail for general information:

The beautiful color of this Maya textile from Guatemala was possible courtesy of a Fiery hardware RIP from Electronics for Imaging (EFI) and a wide format printer courtesy of Encad in 1997. We have upgraded to the HP DesignJet 5000, ColorSpan Mach 12, and Mimaki JV4. Found out that EFI Fiery RIPs were non-upgradable and lacked needed features, so we now use PosterJet, Wasatch, and other leading software RIPs.

If you really want technical details on inkjet media, inks, and/or inkjet printhead technology, and especially if you wish to meet the movers and shakers in this industry, be sure to sign up for the next conference organized by IMI. Contact is These seminars are outstanding; the senior review editor of FLAAR usually attends because he can get so much fresh information for the readers of the FLAAR Reports in PDF format and the FLAAR Information Network of web sites.

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An entire web site devoted entirely to wide format printer product reviews

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How did we get such a great photograph? What equipment produced this textile image?

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