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Plotting high quality fast

Question asked by Jeff Parmentier on Oct 11, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 15, 2012 by Mike Agan

I'm new to this blog so please bear with me.

I need to plot drawing files with shaded views and embedded jpeg files in high quality to an HP Designjet T1200 Postscript plotter.

The drawing file is 42 MB and the part model is 42 MB.

I'm running 2011 SP 4.0 on a Dell T7500 64 bit work station with 12 GB ram. It takes me roughly 23 minutes to spool a high quality plot at my computer before it is sent to the plotter. This locks up this session of Solidworks.

Then it take another 30 minutes for the plotter to process and 2 minutes to plot.

I created a PDF file. If I do get a good PDF file which only takes about 1 minute, it takes about 2 minutes to send to the plotter.

It then takes between 5 & 10 minutes at the plotter processing before plotting.

I want to avoid this PDF step if possible.

We have a batch program to plot, create a jpg of the part model, create a pdf file of the drawing and a parasolid of the model file for the shop.

Thanks for any help.