Last edited 17 Aug 2017

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:

  • Plans, drawings and CAD drawings can be printed in high quality, in colour or monochrome.
  • Adhesive graphics can be printed on a variety of adhesive-backed materials.
  • Backlit images can be produced on high quality injet printers, for posters or signs.
  • Banners cna be printed with a variety of inks on vinyl, fabric or paper in spot-colour or full colour.
  • Posters can be produced using a range of substrates and printing options.
  • Window graphics can obscure or decorate glazing.
  • Presentations.

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