Wide format plotter paper is a category of coated and uncoated bond papers used to make original prints or reproductions of digitally created line drawings on wide format inkjet printers or toner-based engineering copiers.
Today’s wide format plotter papers are updated versions of the types of papers used in the 1970s and 80s on “plotters” that used computer-driven ink pens to draw engineering or architecture designs created in computer-aided design (CAD) software.
As you search for wide format plotter paper, you will discover a variety of options. Some wide format plotter papers are designed for making inexpensive first drafts with black ink only. Heavier weight, coated papers are available for special purposes such as color renderings, client presentations, or long-term archiving of building plans and site surveys.
Some wide format plotter papers are similar to the sheets of bond papers you use to print everyday office documents. So, you can use wide format bond paper rolls for projects other than technical drawings. For example, you can output posters, charts, short-term signs for events and promotions, or early-stage proofs for graphic designs.
Below is a quick overview of the types of wide format plotter paper that Freedom Paper offers for digital printing devices, including inkjet printers that use aqueous inks and toner-based devices such as engineering copiers and laser or LCD printers.
Plotter Papers for Wide-Format Inkjet Printers
Freedom Paper offers inkjet printable wide format plotter paper in standard cut-sheet sizes up to 30 x 42 inches and roll widths from 17 to 60 inches. Wide-format plotter rolls for inkjet printers are supplied on 2-inch cores and in two roll lengths: 150 or 300 feet.
Uncoated Bond: This inexpensive white paper is typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. It is typically a 20 lb. paper. Freedom Paper offers 21 lb. and 24 lb. uncoated bond plotter paper, as well.
Eco-Friendly Bond: This paper contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled paper. (“Post-consumer” paper has been used, discarded, and recovered from the waste stream.)
Coated Bond: The surface treatment on this type of bond paper helps keep droplets of inkjet inks from spreading through the fibers of the paper. Coated papers are best for sharp, accurate printing of fine lines, small text, and multi-color drawings. While a medium-grade coated bond is suitable for many requirements, you may prefer a Premium Coated Bond for documents that will have heavier ink loads or will be presented to clients.
Premium Coated Bond: The inkjet-receptive coatings on these 24 to 32 lb. papers are engineered to handle drawings and documents that include light-ink-coverage graphics or colorful charts or line drawings. Some premium coated bond papers have an anti-curl back coating to help prints stay flat after they are cut from the roll.
Heavyweight Presentation Paper: These 35 to 38 lb. premium coated bond papers have a higher level of opacity than lighter-weight papers. These papers can also handle the heavier ink coverage in documents that contain photographs, graphics or solid blocks of color. The ink-receptive coating on these premium bond papers supports bright, clean contrasts, rich colors, and smoother tonal gradations.
Inkjet Translucent Bond: This smooth, 18 lb. white bond paper provides an economical option for everyday printing of non-archival translucent overlays and blueprints.
Inkjet Vellum: This 100% cotton-fiber, solventless inkjet paper is used to make archival-grade overlays and blueprints that require high-resolution text and uniformity in solid print areas. It is available in 17 lb. and 20 lbs. Choose the heavier vellum if you need more durability.
Wide-Format Papers for Engineering Copiers
The papers in this category are optimized for use in xerographic copiers and LCD and laser printers that use toners instead of inks. The coatings on wide format papers for engineering copiers are formulated to enhance toner adhesion. Rolls of these papers typically have a 3-inch core. Roll lengths range from 150 to 500 ft., depending on the weight of the material. Some models of Xerox copiers require rolls that are taped to the core. Most of Freedom Paper’s bond papers are available in taped-roll form.
Opaque Bond Wide Format Plotter Paper: This white paper is an inexpensive white paper, typically used for black-ink drawings and text documents. This paper is available in 20 lb. standard-weight or 24 lb. premium-duty rolls, and can be purchased with blue, pink, green, or yellow tint. It may also be referred to as Bond Laser Paper.
Eco-friendly bond. This bond paper is manufactured with 30 percent post-consumer recycled paper.
Translucent Bonds for Laser Printers: These papers are a great choice if you need a more affordable, non-archival translucent alternative to Mylar films or premium vellum.
Solventless and Production-Quality Vellum Paper Rolls: These 100 percent cotton-rag, archival grade papers that produce crisp lines and high-resolution images. These papers are sold in 500 ft. roll lengths.
Other Drafting Materials
Xerographic Mylar Film: This thin, polyester, translucent film provides a durable, alternative to drawing paper. It can withstand repeated revisions and mark-ups with wet-erase markers. Mylar is unaffected by humidity and temperature extremes, including the heat of engineering copies. This dimensional stability minimizes shrinkage and image distortion and enhances the longevity of the prints. Xerographic Mylar Film is specifically design to work with engineering copiers and laser toner printers.
Inkjet Double-Matte Mylar: These translucent films have a coating for inkjet printing on one side, and a coating for drafting on the other side. Both sides can be marked up with wet-erase markers. While this film looks and behaves almost identically to the Xerographic mylar film, it is coated specifically to be printed on with aqueous inkjet printers.
Clear Films: These optically clear films can be printed to produce informative overlays for maps and drawings.
Call Us With Questions
If you have any questions about which wide format plotter paper is right for your specific printer or copier, call Freedom Paper’s technical support team at 866-310-3335.
For more than a decade, we have been helping customers from all types and sizes of businesses get the wide format plotter paper they need for architectural, engineering, and technical drawings, maps, and general office printing.
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