AEC Tech News (#327)

18 Apr, 2013 By: Cadalyst Staff

Epson SureColor T5000

First Look Review: Superb print quality and an excellent price are highlights of company's first wide-format printer for CAD market.

By R.K. McSwain

Epson has long been known for the ink technology that draws professional photographers to its printers. Last fall, the company plunged into the CAD market, debuting a line of wide-format printers designed to meet the needs of those users. It appears the company did its homework: The new Epson SureColor T5000 reviewed in Cadalyst Labs looks as good — and performs as well — as its competition.

A 36" wide-format printer, the Epson SureColor T5000 is one model in the new Epson SureColor T-Series, which also includes the 24" SureColor T3000 and the 44" SureColor T7000. Other than the printing width and price, these machines are virtually identical.

The Epson SureColor T5000 36" wide-format printer comes with a stand and a stacking print basket.
The Epson SureColor T5000 36" wide-format printer comes with a stand and a stacking print basket.

SureColor T-Series printers can accommodate a variety of materials without any special mounting, from inexpensive 20-lb bond and photo paper to 1.2-mm poster board and 1.5-mm rigid stock, according to Epson. They draw on five cartridges of Epson UltraChrome XD pigment-based ink (cyan, magenta, yellow, photo black, and matte black), available in quantities of 110 ml, 350 ml, and 750 ml. They run on standard 120-volt power and include standard USB and Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity. Read more »

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Cadalyst contributing editor R.K. McSwain is a designer and CAD systems administrator for Pate Engineers in Houston.


Pillar of the CAD Community

Cadalyst's CAD Tips are made possible through the efforts of many readers — and one very hard-working reviewer, Brian Benton.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Brian Benton is a multifaceted contributor to the CAD community. A senior engineering technician in a civil engineering firm, Brian shares his expertise with his fellow CAD users through a variety of formats. You may have watched his CAD tutorial videos, read his software guidebooks, or used one of the many Cadalyst CAD Tips that he's vetted. Or perhaps you follow CAD-a-Blog, where he shares updates and commentary about Autodesk software and other CAD-related topics.

Brian Benton.
Brian Benton

At the end of 2012, Benton was selected as an inaugural member of the Autodesk Expert Elite program. Launched at Autodesk University 2012, the program recognizes customers who make extraordinary contributions to Autodesk's online support community. According to Autodesk, the goal is to empower these super-users to "better share their knowledge, assist their peers, and support the Autodesk community."

"The Expert Elite program is making a strong effort to recognize that contributions to the Autodesk Community come in a variety of forms," explained Jillian Bejtlich, community manager, Autodesk discussion groups. "Oftentimes it's a phenomenal answer to a question in the discussion groups. Other times it's a high level of interaction and helpfulness through social media. In Brian [Benton]'s case, we chose to recognize his phenomenal contributions through his blog, CAD-a-Blog. It is an undeniably wonderful resource and we're happy to call him an Expert Elite now."

Cadalyst: Were you surprised to learn that you were selected for the Expert Elite program?

Benton: I was surprised, but also proud to be included. I have worked in the design business for 20 years, and I find it very satisfying to be recognized by the creator of my main design tool in this way. When I look at the people who were selected, and I see their work and other contributions to the Autodesk user community, I am very humbled to be a part of this group. If anyone needs to know anything about an Autodesk product, these Elites have the answer — they have seen and done it all.

Tell us about your blog.

I started CAD-a-Blog in 2007. I had been in the business for about 15 years at the time, and I knew that I had a lot of experience that others might benefit from. Plus, it feels good to help people! The site covers several topics, but it focuses on tips, reviews, and news about AutoCAD and other Autodesk products, because that's what I know best. Read more »

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's senior editor.

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

BIM Solutions for Healthcare
April 26, 2013
11 a.m. CT
Autodesk reseller Hagerman & Company will host this webinar about improving patient care and addressing business challenges with Autodesk building information modeling (BIM) and simulation solutions. Read more »

Architectural Visualization of ArchiCAD Models Using Artlantis
April 30, 2013
12 Noon ET
Graphisoft will present this online seminar, which will focus on architectural visualization using Artlantis 3D rendering software. Read more »

Crystal Clear BIM
June 17–18, 2013
London, United Kingdom
A two-day conference presented by Amtech Group will focus on the practical aspects of implementing and engaging with building information modeling (BIM). Read more »

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to


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