HP coated papers for DesignJet printers today are different from the papers HP offered with their first DesignJet printers 25 years ago. As inks, printheads, print speeds, and printing requirements have all advanced, so have the paper coatings and manufacturing methods.
The Evolution of DesignJets
The first DesignJet inkjet printers were designed to replace computer-driven pen plotters and primarily applied light densities of black ink from early versions of CAD programs. Today’s DesignJet printers are more versatile and the expectations for print quality and durability are much higher.
The newest DesignJet printers (the DesignJet Z5600 and DesignJet Z2600 PostScript Printers) are built to output the fine text and precise lines of technical drawings as well as posters and presentations that combine bold text, full-color images, infographics, and logos. These DesignJet printers can not only print files created in CAD and GIS software, but also file formats such as PDF, JPEG, and TIFF for visually rich documents.
Achieving repeatable, consistent color on HP coated papers has also become more important. In commercial printing environments, HP DesignJet printers are used in conjunction with other types of HP inkjet printers, such as: HP Latex printers for indoor and outdoor graphics; HP Scitex industrial printers for signs, displays, and corrugated packaging; and high-speed HP PageWide inkjet presses for books, magazines, direct mail, and marketing collateral. HP PageWide XL wide-format printers are used for the fast reproduction of drawings, maps, and printers.
As all types of digital printing have become faster and more affordable, the role of coated paper is changing too.
Inkjet Inks and Paper Work Together
HP’s inkjet R&D team recognizes that “Original HP inks are more than just ink, and HP large-format printing materials are far more than just paper. It’s the chemical makeup of each, together with the careful interaction between the two, that make exceptional results possible.” Controlling the interaction between the inks and paper makes image quality, color consistency, and print permanence more predictable.
So, whether you need working comps, GIS photos, design proofs, point of purchase signage, or special event posters, HP coated papers for Designjet printers can get the job done economically without sacrificing quality.
Whether you choose papers with standard weights and thicknesses or heavier weights and thicknesses, you’ll get consistent superior results from print to print and from roll to roll with HP coated papers for Designjet printers.
Designed with the Environment in Mind
HP coated papers have become a popular option for event signs and posters. Not only are coated papers more affordable than vinyl and films, but HP Coated Papers were also designed with the environment in mind.
When you purchase HP’s PEFC and FSC-certified papers, you help support sustainably managed forests. Prints on HP coated papers can be easily recycled through programs in your local community.
HP Technical and Graphics Media
HP Coated Papers are part of HP’s Technical and Graphics line of wide-format inkjet media.
The matte coating on HP coated paper and enhanced coatings on HP heavyweight papers provide excellent ink adhesion and resist ink abrasion. Fast dry times mean you can handle your prints as soon as they come off the printer, keeping your productivity in high gear.
Whether you are an architect, GIS professional, graphic designer, or print service provider, Freedom Paper can help you choose the HP coated paper that is best for your requirements. Here are four of the options:
HP Coated Bond Paper
Create presentation-quality charts, drawings, and renderings with this premium 24 lb., 90 gsm coated bond paper. The paper can handle light densities of colored inks and is optimized for use on HP Latex printers and HP DesignJet printers that use dye and/or pigment inks. It is sold in 200 ft. rolls on 3-inch cores.
HP Heavyweight Coated Paper
This premium 35 lb., 130 gsm coated paper is easier to handle than a lighter weight paper. It’s a good choice for rich, color-accurate working comps, design proofs, POP and retail posters, infographics, maps, and presentations. The enhanced coating on this heavyweight paper adds abrasion resistance, which can be important when prints must be rolled, stacked, or handled immediately off the printer. This paper is optimized for HP Latex printers and HP DesignJet printers that use aqueous dye and/or pigment inks. It is sold in 100 ft. rolls on a 2-inch core.
HP Universal Coated Paper
This economical versatile 24 lb., 90 gsm paper is compatible with multiple models of wide-format inkjet printers that use aqueous dye and/or pigment inks. Use it for everyday printing of drafts, proofs, presentations, and event graphics or short-term point-of-purchase signs. It is sold in 150 ft. rolls on a 2-inch core.
HP Universal Heavyweight Coated Paper
This premium, 33 lb., 131 gsm white coated matte paper is compatible with many models of wide-format inkjet printers that use aqueous dye and/or pigment inks. Use it for presentations, maps, infographics, and other graphics that have a medium level of ink density. It is sold in 100 ft. rolls on a 2-inch core.
If you have questions about any of these materials, please call the wide-format inkjet experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.