At the FESPA 2018 Global Print Show in Berlin, HP Inc. unveiled two new aqueous pigment-ink DesignJet printers: the DesignJet Z6 and DesignJet Z9. The new models help print-service providers, retailers, GIS departments, and photo studios keep up with increasing demand for faster production of high-quality images. The printers offer fast, simple, productive workflows to produce beautiful photo prints, impactful graphics, and detailed images with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data.
The market for large-format photo merchandise grew seven percent in 2017, partly because nearly 1.3 trillion photos were taken that year. Web-to-print services make it easy for smartphone users to order their favorite images into enlargements such as posters, wall art, and canvas wraps. Online buyers expect fast-turnaround of their prints.
GIS imagery include full-color aerial photographs (including drone photography), satellite images, thermal images, and scanned maps. Hyperspectral imagery helps GIS analysts classify different land types for agriculture, forestry, and other projects that examine the Earth’s landscape. The average size of print files for GIS documents has grown significantly with the increased use of high-resolution images.
To streamline the fast production of high-quality images, the new DesignJet Z printing systems feature:
- HP thermal inkjet printheads with High Definition Nozzle Architecture (HDNA)
- Dual-drop technology and HP Pixel Control
- HP RGB Vivid Photo pigment inks
- Innovations to simplify the efficient creation and post-processing of documents, signs, photos, and maps.
By tightly integrating HP’s new ink with advanced hardware and software, these DesignJet Z printers are engineered to produce amazing photo quality and print permanence with fewer inks. Fewer inks means reduced costs and less operator intervention.
The new vertical trimmer on select models makes it significantly faster to produce a higher volume of photo-print packages or smaller maps, retail, or event signs.
The DesignJet Z6 Printer series is designed for GIS professionals, print service providers, and retailers who require simple-to-use wide-format inkjet printers for high-quality technical and graphics applications with water/fade resistance.
The new Z6 printer series is designed for the fast, precise, and secure printing of maps and orthophotographs that combine detailed, full-color imagery with fine lines and text.
With the powerful processing architecture and Adobe PDF Print Engine in the DesignJet Z6, users can easily print the most complex sets of files.
The DesignJet Z6 can also be used to print banners, exhibition and event graphics, backlit film for lightboxes, and point-of-sale graphics.
HP DesignJet Z6
The DesignJet Z6 uses 6 ink cartridges (cyan, magenta, yellow, matte black, photo black, and chromatic red). Models include:
- HP DesignJet Z6 24-in. Postscript® printer
- HP DesignJet Z6-44 in. Postscript® printer
- HP DesignJet Z6-44 in. Dual-Roll Postscript® printer with Vertical Trimmer.
The HP DesignJet Z9 enables print service providers to sell high-quality photo prints along with a broad range of graphics and technical applications. The DesignJet Z9 with vertical trimmer supports fast, efficient production of photo packages and different sizes of prints on wide-format rolls of art paper or flexible canvas.
This printer uses 9 ink cartridges of RGB HP Vivid Photo Inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, matte black, photo black, chromatic red, chromatic green, chromatic blue, and gray).
HP DesignJet Z9
Because the Z9 uses HP’s high-definition printheads with dual drop technology, the printer doesn’t need light cyan or light magenta inks to produce a wide color gamut and smooth transitions. An optional Gloss Enhancer is available to provide superior gloss uniformity on photo prints.
For outstanding, consistent image quality, the DesignJet Z9 includes an X-Rite i1 embedded spectrophotometer and HP Pixel Control. HP Pixel Control supports a truly digital color pipeline by controlling every print-ready pixel.
With HP HDNA printheads and HP Pixel Control technology, HP says users can get amazing image quality with just 9 inks instead of the 12 inks on previous generation HP DesignJet photo printers.
Because the gamut is increased by up to 10 percent (especially in dark colors), HP says even the most discerning viewers will appreciate the natural transitions, sharpness, and details in the shadows and highlight areas of the image.
The new Z9 printers also offer HP Professional PANTONE Emulation to match brand identity colors.
- HP DesignJet Z9: 24 in. Postscript® Printer
- HP DesignJet Z9: 44 in. Postscript® Printer
- HP DesignJet Z9 Dual-Roll 44 in. Postscript® Printer with Vertical Trimmer
The new DesignJet Z printers include an array of performance-boosting features.
Printhead: HP’s HDNA (High Definition Nozzle Architecture) thermal inkjet printheads have 2400 nozzles per square inch. Because each printhead can print two weights of each drop of ink color, the printers can produce higher-quality images without light cyan and light magenta inks.
File-Processing and Storage: To process complex and graphic-intensive prints, the new DesignJet Z printers have a 500 GB hard-desk drive with more virtual memory.
Tools to create: A redesigned poster application in the HP Applications Center gives users access to all of the necessary tools to create beautiful, original signs and posters.
The HP Applications Center also includes access to Adobe Stock, Unsplash (photos), Vecteezy (illustrations), and Pattern Design (vector patterns).
Plus, the HP Applications Center can embed augmented reality (AR) technology to ignite the creation of more meaningful engaging content for print.
Indoor and Outdoor Durability: The highly stable pigmented HP Vivid Photo Inks provide water-resistant, fade-resistant prints for long-term indoor display. When printed on water-resistant media, prints from Z6 and Z9 printers are also suitable for outdoor display.
Security: To safeguard printers and data, users can take advantage of HP Secure Boot, whitelisting, authentication solutions, and HP JetAdvantage Security manager.
HP PrintOS: With this cloud-based platform, DesignJet Z printer users can use their smartphones or tablets to remotely manage the print production environment from anywhere at any time.
Dual-Roll Models with Vertical Trimmers: The 44-inch DesignJet Z6 and Z9 models can be purchased with a dual roll feed and vertical trimmer. The dual-roll support with automatic roll switching enables users to spend less time on media changes. The vertical trimmer makes it easy to cut multiple 8.5 x 11 prints from ganged-up prints on 44-inch rolls of media.
HP Click Printing Software: With one click, you can print PDF, JPEG, TIFF, DWF, and HP-GL/2 files from a PC or Mac directly to HP DesignJet printers. The software features automatic nesting, resizing, and orientation
The new DesignJet Z Printers enhance the user experience and reinvent printing possibilities for both professional photo and sign applications, notes Guayente Sanmartin, General Manager and Global Head, HP Large Format Design Printing, HP Inc. “We thoughtfully designed the new printers to deliver impressive photo quality without compromising time resources and output speeds.”
For more information, visit: hp.com/go/DesignJet Z6 and hp.com/go/DesignJet Z9.