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Hey thanks for ANY information you can supply!

I have several original plans for small children's rocking chairs etc. that I want to make available in plan form. I think I could handle Sketchup or one of the drafting style pieces of software to originate the plans. But, has anyone dealt with actually getting them printed up? I wanted full size templates and that will take really wide paper and the appropriate printer.

Any ideas how to go from ideas to printed page?

Thanks!
 

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There should be at least one business where you live that can print large drawings. The key word is Reprographics.

I've had large maps printed locally and the cost was low and they did it while I waited.

Some Kinko's like businesses can also print large formats.
 

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You might be able to take your drawing files to a print shop like Kinko's, Office Max, or another type of copy center. I've never dealt with those places for large prints, but I know they do banners and things like that so they can probably handle 'full size' plans ie 24×36 size.

OR you can definitely go to a document printing service. There are businesses that do nothing but prepare prints of plans and documents for engineers, architects and construction firms. Some around here are high capacity printing outfits that can handle alot of large sheets, and fast. Plus you can email your files to them and then go pick the drawings up later.
 

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I tried having Kinko's ouput my files and they couldn't do it. They have certain software available. If that software isn't something like Autocad, there can be a problem with outputting the file. I thought it would've been easy but it wasn't. Talk to them first and find out what kind of file they can output. I tried .PDF, .DXG, .DXF, etc. and there was always a problem with the print not really being to scale. I specifically drew a scale with dimensions and other test objects. They were never right.

I even thought about just renting time on their computers but the software to deal with my drawings wasn't there. I ended up pasting up my own rawing and then had them make a copy.

I'm sure there is a way. I just never figured it out (and their geeks CERTAINLY had no idea how to do it.)
 

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Take them to a blueprint house that prints blueprints for architects and engineers. If the drawings are on paper they can scan them into a computer using a very wide scanner or they can use a computer .PDF file (best) or a .JPG file from your own computer. Should you have a CAD file like a .DXF file, they are used to these kind of files. They will then print them out on a wide inkjet printer. Usually the prices these people charge are lower than Kinko's and the like.

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