Happy Holidays from MegaPrint Inc.

research poster printing team

Happy Holidays

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers, suppliers and friends for another successful year. Happy Holidays!

If you need a poster for a conference in the new year, we hope you’ll think of us.

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Science Fair Posters

self standing foamcore poster

Economy Tri-Fold Poster

This is a typical economy trifold poster. They were getting ready to package it the other day, and I thought it deserved a mention.

This is perfect poster for a science fair. It gives a beautiful presentation and comes at the right price- only $84 plus the shipping.

We direct print these right on the foam core, which is how we get the cost so low. We score them for folding, and ship them between sheets of cardboard.

We have free PowerPoint poster templates on our website. Download the template, copy and paste your information into it, and then order your poster online.



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Portable Poster Setup

research poster on foamcore

Foamcore Mounted Poster

Here’s a research poster that the Loon Center likes to take around wherever they might have the chance to find a loon lover. I took the photo at their annual gala two weekends ago.


stand for holding a foamcore poster

Tabletop Poster Stand

To make it easy to display, they have their poster printed on foamcore board, and they then display it on a nice tabletop easel stand. In this case, they haven’t extended the legs of the stand, which works great on a table top.

The other thing they do is to use our plastic edge trim to keep the edges of the research poster from getting banged up as they move it in and out of cars and through doorways.

I think this gives a great presentation, and it certainly has lasted well. We made this poster for them almost two years ago!

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Spoonflower Research Posters

research poster printed on fabric

Poster Printed by Spoonflower

OK, so I received the fabric research poster I had printed at Spoonflower. The quality of the printing was actually not bad, although it was a little darker than what comes off our equipment. Photos will probably be darker than you like.

Two more things. First, the satin fabric that we ordered takes a hefty crease. It ships in a plastic envelope all folded up, and the creases will need to be ironed out.

The other issue is that the fabric has not been heat cut, and it frays quite a bit. If you don’t have a hot knife, you are going to have frayed edges, which are not only unsightly, but with handling will grow. The poster is printed on 57″ wide fabric, so if you trim this down to 48″ you are going to have frayed edges all the way around.

It took them 8 days to ship this research poster. When I ordered it, they said it would take 8-10 days. It was delivered a few days later by the US Postal Service. They caution you that delivery can take as long as 2-3 weeks, and our experience with the mail confirms that. Which is why we don’t ship that way. We use Fedex, and find their on time performance to be outstanding.

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Canvas Research Posters

fabric scientific poster

Happy Customer!

We’ve had a number of orders come in recently from customers asking for a canvas poster. I gotta tell ya, canvas is the wrong material to use for a research poster. I think a lot of it happens when people hear about our foldable fabric posters, and their mind thinks “canvas”.

What you want is a material that doesn’t crease, like the one pictured at the right. It’s a fairly thin polyester material that we searched really hard for, spent a lot of time qualifying, and have gotten to work quite well on our equipment. It gives us results that are comparable to paper. Which we think is pretty important.

The reason we want to use fabric is so that it can be folded and put in your carry-on luggage. That’s a whole lot easier to do than carrying a big poster tube, and it can save you a fee for an extra piece of luggage.

photos printed on canvas

Canvas Prints

Canvas prints, while great for photos and artwork, are really not the stuff to be folded. We print a lot of both, and both have their place. Canvas for stretching as permanent artwork, foldable fabric for research posters.

The good news- the cost of both is roughly the same.

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Fabric Posters from Spoonflower

testing spoonflower

Test File

OK, so I’ve seen a few posts out there from people saying they can make a fabric research poster cheaply at Spoonflower. So I thought I would order one and see how easy it was and how well it turned out.

First of all, they only accept a jpg, tif, png or gif file. If you are designing your file in PowerPoint, you can save as any of these file formats. You can save a 72 dpi gif, but gif is only 256 colors (tif is 16.7 million)  and that will really change your photos. The other file formats are saved at 64 dpi. We consider 72 dpi as the lowest resolution that will give you a decent looking poster.

Spoonflower requires that things be printed at 150 dpi. That will make your 48×36″ poster 20.5 x 15.4″ in size. I could find no way to print the photo any larger. So you are going to have a poster that’s way smaller. Like pillowcase size.

What could be done, if you have Photoshop, is to save a pdf out of PowerPoint, open it at 150 in Photoshop, and save as a jpg or tif. That can be printed in their system. So I did that, went through the order process, and it shows me only a corner of my file in the preview. I really didn’t know what I was going to get, and I sent them an email asking the question. Their reply- yes the preview is showing you just a corner of the poster, but it will be OK. So I finished my order, and am waiting the 2-3 weeks it will take to see what I get.

At postersession.com, your poster is printed by someone who has the experience of printing thousands of research posters looking your poster over and fixing problems. We fix something in about 75% of the files people send us. We replace the logo you copied from the website with a good hi-rez one, ask you for a better photo, and fix type that collides. That gives you a better poster.

Standard delivery is 8-10 working days at Spoonflower. We ship same day if we have your file by noon. They can do rush service that ships in 3 days for an extra $25. If you have a question, they promise to return your call in 24 hours.

Net result, in my book, is that Spoonflower is for people to make fabric for sewing projects, not for printing a research poster. I’ll let you know what I think of the poster when it arrives.

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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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