Solar Power at MegaPrint Inc.

solar power at megaprint

Solar Construction Begins!

A few months back we did the analysis to see if solar made sense for MegaPrint Inc. It does!

Last week they started site work on our solar project. We will install 152 pedestal mounted solar panels that should generate 48KW at peak output. It will save us about 2/3 of our power bill. With all the rebates and tax savings, the project pays back in 3 years. They say.

We decided to put the array in the field behind the building. Since we have a flat roof, it is actually less expensive to put them on the ground. The big reason, though, was that the snow will slide off them this way, but would have obstructed them for several months a year if roof racks were used.

We are excited to see the meter start to go in reverse on a bright summer day!

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Foamcore Mounted Poster

poster mounted on foamcore

Foamcore Poster

Here’s a poster we printed for the Loon Preservation Committee about a study of loon populations on Squam Lake (otherwise known as Golden Pond).

In this case, the poster needs to stand on a table along with other things, and it works best to have it elevated just a bit with an easel holder. So, they bought a poster mounted on foamcore and put the edge trim around to protect the edges.

They could have used a trifold poster, but then it would have been right down on the table. This setup works really well for the way they do their display.

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Economy Tri-Fold Posters

conference self standing poster

Economy Tri-Fold Display

We are announcing our Economy Tri-Fold Display. This self standing poster is printed directly onto foamcore, which is a less expensive way of printing on board. We pass the savings on to you!

We are charging $99 for a 36×48″ Economy Tri-Fold, and $79 for a 30×40″. Everything is set up in our online ordering, and you can securely order there.

The Economy Tri-Fold Posters fold down to half size for easy shipping. The “wings” swing back out to allow the poster to stand on a table, as shown.

One thing, though, is at this price we can’t give you free ground shipping.

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Resizing a Poster

poster proportional app

Poster Resizing Tool

This great little app is now showing on our home page at

Often, you’ll want to start with a template from a colleague or a poster you created in the past. The conference where you are presenting has different size requirements. This handy poster sizing app lets you input the size of the file you have, and see what poster sizes you can get out of it without having to redesign the poster.

For instance, if you have a 36×24 poster and want us to print it 48″ wide, the tool tells you that it will be 32″ high. Order that size when you place your online order, and we’ll scale your poster up to the size you order. Everything will be beautiful!

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Square Research Posters

scientific posters square

Square Posters at a Conference

We print a lot of posters that are the same height and width, i.e. they are square. People ask for a template for whatever size they need, often 1 meter square, 48×48″, 44×44 ore 42×42.

The answer is to use the 48×48″ research poster template posted on our site. Since we can print at any proportional size, simply use the template and then tell us what size it needs to be when you place your order online.

That works for any of our templates. For instance, the 36×48″ poster template is set up in a 3:4 ratio. It can be used for any poster you want in that ratio, such as a 30×40 or a 48×64.

Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

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Fabric Research Posters

foldable fabric posters

Fabric Poster

People ask how our foldable fabric poster compares to a paper poster. The answer is:

  1. It prints just like paper, with the same bright colors and sharp type. Even fluorescent stains show up with good contrast.
  2. It is a polyester fabric that doesn’t crease sharply, so it can be folded and still look good for your presentation.

We sure sell a lot of them! Give our foldable fabric poster a try for your next poster session.

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Logo Issues on Research Posters

low resolution logo

Pixellated logo

One of the most common problems we see with research posters is low resolution logos. This is caused by people copying and pasting the logo from their institution’s web site into their poster.

The low resolution logo looks fine an inch across on your screen (which is 100 dpi), but starts to get pretty choppy when you make it six inches across on your poster, and then 16 dpi.

It’s always best to view your poster at 100% (200% if we will be printing at 200%) to see how your logos, charts and graphs, and photos are looking. If they are blurry, or stair-stepped, that’s usually a resolution problem.

A few suggestions to avoid this:

  1. You can usually get a good logo, either from the PR department or a colleague.
  2. Often a search for “logo” on the website will yield a good quality jpg or png file.
  3. We have an archive of good logos from hundreds of institutions, call us and we’ll email one to you.
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