Some teachers in a class I'm taking were discussing a poster making machine at their school which will turn an 8.5x11 paper into a large poster. We are very interested in this, but when I did a google search, I couldn't find what I was looking for.
Anyone know anything about these? A product manufacturer or name would be very helpful. Thanks!
at my school. They are very handy. There are only 2 limitations I have noticed. First, you can only have one color ink cartridge in the machine at a time. If you don't need a full color poster, it doesn't matter. The other problem is that when I tried to laminate my poster, the blue ink just smeared and the whole poster came out solid blue! We had one at the school where I worked previously, and we had a cold laminator to go with it. Now I know why!
Other than these two minor problems, I really like having this machine at school. I use it to make class-sized charts and graphic organizers and other things like that.
Several years ago we had a salesman try to sell our school one. Like a PP stated, you could only print one color and could not send it through the laminator without ruining the entire poster.
I tried making some poster, but they usually wrinkled on the way out. Even the salesman couldn't get them straight. The paper was very thin and without lamination wouldn't last very long. It was, at that time, very expensive to make these poster. Our school opted not to purchase due to these problems.
We had one at my old school and it was awesome! The paper we had could go through the laminating machine. I liked to run off tables or graphs I made for specific activities so that I could laminate them and write on them. The paper is a little thin so you just have to feed it very carefully through the laminator.
check your printer at home to see if you have a poster printing option. I have made many things in a word document for my class using this option. I can print up to a 5x5 (8.5x11)/25 sheets of paper) poster. I have to cut and paste it together, but it can go through a laminator without a problem. This could be another option for you if you don't have that machine.
Make sure you get a poster-making machine that uses paper that can be laminated. We have a poster-maker machine at our school, but the posters can not be laminated because if they are heat-treated they get totally ruined. (although if you have a large cold laminator it should work). I know there are some poster machines that have the paper you can laminate hot.
Thanks for the replies and info. While I'm willing to have posters made at office/printing stores, I'm looking for a solution for the whole staff. I already do the cutting/gluing together method and am looking for something less time consuming. Our PTA is always looking for ideas for a school gift, so I thought this might be an idea. I had never heard that some of the posters couldn't be laminated with a hot laminator (which is what we have) so that's helpful to know.
If anyone has any specifics (or can get them) about the poster makers you have that can work with a hot laminator, I'd love it.