AEC Tech News (#338)

16 Jul, 2014 By: Cadalyst Staff

Epson Updates, Expands Selection of Large-Format Color Printers and Scanners

New offerings in the SureColor T-Series range from 24" to 44" wide, and from less than $3,000 to more than $11,000.

By Cyrena Respini-Irwin

Earlier this week, Epson America introduced a second generation of its SureColor T-Series, a family of large-format color printers designed for professional applications in fields including architecture, engineering, education, and retail. According to Timothy Check, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, the new printers are well suited to producing CAD drawings, as well as geographic information system (GIS) maps, indoor signage, and general-purpose print jobs.

Check explained that the first generation of the SureColor T-Series was designed from the ground up for small and medium-sized architectural and design firms; the new generation, in contrast, focuses on refinements rather than an all-new design, and expands the number of models from three to five. "We've added and expanded a lot of new options and configurations," said Check, including double-roll models and an optional scanner.

More Models, New Capabilities

The Epson SureColor T-Series comprises five models. The three single-roll machines incorporate a horizontal catch basket that holds about 20 prints, while the two dual-roll versions feature a high-capacity catch basket that holds approximately five times that many sheets.

All but the smallest model can accommodate an optional multifunction printer (MFP) module ($4,500) that enables users to scan and copy in full color, without the need for a computer, and does not enlarge the printer's footprint. MFP-equipped machines can also e-mail each other, so users can scan documents in one location, then print them in another.

The MFP module incorporates a 36" full-color scanner, a stand attachment, and a 320-GB internal print server. The scanner uses Epson's REALOID image processing engine to produce color D-size copies in less than 40 seconds, and to provide color scan speeds of as much as 6.0 inches per second. Customers can buy the printer first, noted Check, then add the module at a later date: "It's an upgradeable feature, [so capabilities] can really grow with the business."

The second-generation Epson SureColor T-Series comprises five models, three of which are pictured here: the T3270, T5270D, and T7270D (left to right).
The second-generation Epson SureColor T-Series comprises five models, three of which are pictured here: the T3270, T5270D, and T7270D (left to right).

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Cyrena Respini-Irwin is Cadalyst's editor in chief.

Build a Plugin Command for AutoCAD Civil 3D

Use Visual Studio.NET to customize your Civil 3D experience.

By Andrew G. Roe

Since its inception, AutoCAD's open architecture has helped many users customize the software to fit their needs. In more recent years, Autodesk has introduced numerous vertical products, including AutoCAD Civil 3D, Mechanical, and Electrical, leading many to wonder whether further AutoCAD customization would even be necessary. But in practice, no matter how many discipline-specific tools are introduced by Autodesk, CAD users still hunger for more new options and refinements to existing tools. Fortunately for those users, Autodesk has continued to offer customization options such as AutoLISP and .NET for its vertical products, in addition to standard AutoCAD.

In this article, we'll look at a programming example that you can use to customize Civil 3D. While Civil 3D is primarily geared toward civil engineers and land surveyors, the example demonstrates some key concepts for customizing other Autodesk products, so it is relevant to users in other fields as well. This example will build on the concepts covered in my earlier article, "Create a Plugin for AutoCAD."

In short, a plugin is a custom command that can be run directly from the AutoCAD environment. The command in this example will obtain some information about intelligent Civil 3D objects in a drawing — specifically, site and alignment objects. In Civil 3D, a site object is used to group collections of other objects that have something in common, such as parcels, alignments, and feature lines that compose a residential subdivision. An alignment object represents road centerlines, pipe networks, and other construction baselines. Civil 3D provides other ways of obtaining site and alignment information, but a custom command allows you to extract this information and manipulate it for your own purposes, such as for a custom report. Watch the video »

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Cadalyst contributing editor Andrew G. Roe is a registered civil engineer and president of AGR Associates.

Mark Your Calendar: AEC Events

3D Printing and 3D Scanning: From Digital Data Capture to Physical Object
July 22, 2014
1 p.m. ET
This webinar by SPAR Point Group will discuss how to use 3D data collected from long-range laser scanners to produce models of objects, architecture, and even landscapes. Read more »

October 7–9, 2014
Berlin, Germany
INTERGEO is billed as the world's leading trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation, and land management. This event will include more than 500 exhibitors from 30 countries. Read more »

Dallas BIMForum 2014
October 9–10, 2014
Dallas, Texas
With the theme of "Optimizing Construction with BIM," the Dallas BIMForum will feature four tracks including "Designing for Construction Optimization" and "On the Job Site." 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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