Construction and Design Firms Embracing Technical Printers in Asia Pacific
Technology development in Asia Pacific’s engineering, architecture and design industries has traditionally lagged behind other industries. This is due to the fact that there has not been much consistency in how companies within the industry operate. Additionally, there is little incentive for companies to incorporate new digital software or processes that may hold up collaboration in these multi-million dollar projects. However, computer-aided design (CAD) growth and the adoption of other technologies are improving collaboration and efficiency as well as reducing errors throughout the planning and building stages. As the industry seeks new ways to protect profitability and reduce risks in the current market, technology will be a key focus for investment.
Within this environment, digital large format technical printer use is growing. In Asia Pacific, overall large format printer adoption is increasing faster than other regions, due in part to CAD and technical printing applications. How can the latest high-performance printers help construction and architectural design businesses convey clear and accurate visions to avoid cost overruns and errors?
Bridging gaps in construction technology
Construction projects today are often delayed or over budget, which can impact safety on work sites as well as profit. While technologies such as CAD software and advanced automation like 3D printing have emerged to support productivity and greater efficiency, the industry remains in its early stages of embracing and integrating most of the construction technologies currently available.
With a renewed urgency to streamline construction processes and gain a better handle on productivity, technology can help to bridge gaps in the design, planning and construction phases. As McKinsey points out about the direction of construction industry technology, “the industry is moving toward platforms and predicts that a combination of multiple platforms will coexist.” This will help the construction industry evolve into more of an integrated and standardised sector, manage risks more successfully and complete more projects on time and budget.
An element in the construction process that cannot be overlooked in the effort to modernise is the blueprint, which contains all the details of a project and is required to obtain permits and determine the schedule. It is also vital on-site during the building process to make sure that tasks are completed on time without wasting resources. As a result, construction plans should also be subject to the technology advancements available to the industry and considered along with other digitisation efforts. Today’s technical printers have progressed, enabling professionals to deliver accurate, clear and rich large-format renderings that impress clients and partners.
Bringing CAD designs to life
The latest technical printers like the Epson SureColor line can improve the design and planning stages of construction projects. It allows architects and engineers to showcase their CAD plans down to the finest detail, in addition to other business documents, with the ability to wirelessly print from smart devices anywhere in the office. Epson T-series printers can also be set up on construction sites, due to its anti-dust design. That way, if there is any need to make updates to the plan, it can be printed on-demand.
With long performing PrecisionCore printheads and UltraChrome XD2 ink that ensures prints are delivered at an outstanding speed with impressive accuracy and clarity, teams can stay aligned and prevent inaccuracies throughout projects. Users can also preview documents before printing, which reduces waste from misprints, saving time and money. The ink can also withstand outdoor weather conditions without smudging or washing off the paper.
As construction projects attempt to rebound and expand again in some parts of the region, it is important for businesses to evaluate their existing technology and consider upgrades. Businesses will need to assess every part of the process to make sure that all elements are contributing to the completion of projects on time and without budget excesses. New technical printer models are helping professionals on the digitalisation journey to deliver outstanding representations of CAD plans with greater efficiency and little downtime from maintenance and cartridge changes.
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