thread I've been awarded £1250 of EU grant money
towards buying a plotter and wide format scanner.

Here'e hoping I don't need to get that spent by mid next week...
permalink I'll sell you one
...(might not be all that wide)
permalink Everyone has a 36" plotter installed in their kitchen, don't they?
I'm not doing anything unusual or weird, just to avoid driving into Chesterfield for scanning and printing, am I?
permalink whats the scanner for? or do plotters just come with that nowadays?
I was just going to buy 3 cheap a4 scanners and tape them together....

I've not handled a drawing over a3 in about a year.

i take it you have bluebeam by the way?
permalink I draw housing estate layouts by hand at 1:500 on A0 trace
It's by far the quickest way to get through them, but it does turn into an epic arseache without a big scanner.

The scanner is 60% of the cost of the scanner.
permalink alright confucius, but philosophical that.
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permalink Yes,
a graph of the cost of the scanner in proportion to the overall cost of the scanner resembles a conch shell.
permalink Just draw the plans
at 1:1000. Simples!
permalink As configured
Although it is reel to reel, the printer I work with will do a max of 800x333mm for any individual image.

However as it can do that with zero gap between images, and it can handle variable data, clever design could get you a single image 2000000x333mm
permalink wide-screen
...
permalink Indeed
Not of course what it's designed to do
permalink Paying for scanning nd printing is ludicrously expensive anyway.
It'll pay its way.

Conference Talk in an hour's time. I'm going to be in the FUCKING HUGE room.

If people get bored, we can just push the chsirs to the sides and have a game of football.