Last edited 28 Oct 2020

Architectural reprography

The term ‘architectural reprography’ refers to the reproduction of graphics through various technical processes, for use by architects, engineers, designers, surveyors, and so on. It refers to the process by which a copy is made on a graphic surface, such as by printing, xerography or photocopying. It may also refer to reproduction in a digital (soft) rather than physical (hard) form, such as by scanning, digital copying or electronic storage in databases.

Large-format reproductions can be made from smaller originals, computer-generated from computer aided design (CAD) files, or other design software packages.

The technology used depends on the use of the final product and the quantity required. Typical physical reproduction methods include:

  • Diazo (blueline).
  • Electrostatic (xerographic).
  • Photographic.
  • Laser.
  • Ink jet.

In recent years, 3D printing has become a common means of reproducing graphical content in model form. See 3D printing in construction, for more information.

Reprographic technologies can be used in construction for a variety of purposes:

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