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Old Nov 05, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Best place for large format scanning

I've got a closet full of what would appear to be unobtainium sailplane plans that I would like to scan and convert to PDF.

Local FedEx/Kinkos wants a little more than a buck a square foot.............

Large format scanner is the only thing I don't have in my engineering room.

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Old Nov 05, 2013, 05:53 PM
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Try Staples, they do it cheaply here.
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Old Nov 05, 2013, 07:58 PM
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Try a commercial plans printing service. Reprographics is frequently part of the name.
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Old Nov 05, 2013, 10:29 PM
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What portablevcb said. Look in your yellow pages for blueprints or reprograhics. Way cheaper than Odepot/Staples/KinkO. And you have the added benefit that blueprint houses depend on making lots of copies for people (builders, contractors, engineers) that depend on their scale accuracy.

Many of them will scan to digital format too, but you will not get line drawings (Autocad). You get a huge (enormous!) picture that can be traced over in CAD by those who are so interested.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 08:34 AM
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Just don't expect pennies per square foot pricing. Those machines are $6k - $10K and you have to pay someone to operate them. A repro house will have the best pricing, but they will expect to get a return on their investment. If you have a few to choose from they ought to be competitive in pricing but not necessarily cheap.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 09:25 AM
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They are cheap compared to Kinkos. And well worth the cost. I think the last set of plans I had scanned was less than $20 for two 36x60.
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 06:33 PM
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If you just want then scanned, not printed, then I would try Staples. I just had some done, about $1.50 per sheet. The sheets were about 30" by 72".
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Old Nov 06, 2013, 09:00 PM
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They are cheap compared to Kinkos. And well worth the cost. I think the last set of plans I had scanned was less than $20 for two 36x60.
The blueprint places are cheaper for the same stock. OTOH, much of the price is determined by the paper/vellum printed on. I've had 3'X4' plans printed for a couple of dollars because it was thin, cheap, limited use paper; good to build on. You can also spend $20 for the same drawing on mylars that will never warp and last beyond your grandchildren.

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If you just want then scanned, not printed, then I would try Staples. I just had some done, about $1.50 per sheet. The sheets were about 30" by 72".
If you can get that price, more power to you. But you'd better boot up the image real fast and check the scale. The reprographics places scan also, but live (or die) on their scale accuracy. Their main clients physically measure off the plans and make real buildings —one that better fit together— based on the accuracy of the printed plans.
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Old Nov 07, 2013, 10:50 PM
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lie them on the floor and photograph them with a 24MP camera.
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Old Nov 15, 2013, 03:38 PM
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Staples near me scanned them for $1.99 per sheet!!

Imported the raster into AutoCAD, and well within the 300 DPI accuracy!

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