Melbourne’s RMIT has installed an HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer to facilitate the high volume of printing required by its students in the Design and Social Context College, which encompasses the School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Media and Communication and Design TAFE.
Remi Krawiec is the technical services coordinator for Information Technology Services (ITS) at RMIT. ITS provide printing services for students who are able to send images to print from the various faculties on the Melbourne CBD campus. Remi talks about the motivation for the installation.
Krawiec – who purchased the printer through HP Channel Partner Celmac – says, “We’ve always operated a fleet of HP large format printers. When our HP Designjet 5500 was at the end of its life we considered the Z6200 straight away because we’ve always had positive experiences with the HP Designjet platform.
“With the new printer we were looking for two things. From an IT perspective we needed a printer that was fast and able to handle large jobs and high volumes. And from a student perspective we required a printer that could output high quality images and accurately reproduce photographs.”
In line with the University’s policy, Krawiec and his team considered three different print devices before settling on the HP Designjet Z6200, which he says, has proven its worth already. He continues, “We ran the printer hard in the lead up to last year’s end of year presentations and exhibitions and it didn’t miss a beat.”
Students from the Design and Social Context College use the printer to output images from A2-A0 on a variety of substrates. Remi says students are also able to use their own media and he and his team advise students on the parameters for printing on various substrates, but the final choice is that of the students. “We stock a volume of poster materials in matte, gloss and satin, but students can be as creative as they like and print on a range of substrates”.