Large Format Printing: An Overview of Custom Map Printing

Custom Printed Maps Can Serve a Wide Variety of Purposes

Maps are used to share details of a large geographical area, so they are usually printed in a large format. This is true whether the map is designed to be hung on a wall or folded into a portable size.

Who Uses Custom Maps?

Custom-printed wall and folded maps are used by a variety of organizations, including businesses, schools, park departments, event and project planners, utilities and government agencies.

Some maps are used to share information with the general public while others are designed to share information within the organization.

A Few Examples of Custom-Printed Maps…

  • Chamber of Commerce Maps: Shopping Districts, Local Businesses
  • Maps for Tourists and Visitors
  • Maps of Public Transportation Routes
  • Industrial and Utility Company Maps: Facilities, Branches and Service Centers
  • Special Event Maps: Fairs or Festivals, Parade or Marathon Routes
  • Educational Maps: Geography of Countries, States or Regions
  • Travel Maps: State, County or City Road Networks
  • Maps of Parks and Recreational Complexes
  • Hiking, Walking and Biking Trail Maps

Map Printing is a Specialty

Large format map printing requires specialized presses that can handle very large sheets of paper. Plus, if the maps are to be folded down, additional equipment is needed to apply a series of accordion and parallel folds. It is the need for special presses and folding equipment that explains why relatively few printers are able to produce large maps.

If you need maps printed, Formax Printing Solutions can assist you. We can print custom 1-sided or 2-sided maps to your exact specifications (250 piece minimum). If you choose, we can also fold your map down to a compact and easy-to-handle size. Just give us a call at 866-367-6221 to discuss your map printing project in more detail.

Take care!  Keith

About the Author

Keith Beaty is the owner of Formax Printing Solutions in St. Louis, MO. Formax provides a complete array of offset and digital printing services. Specialty areas include full-color printing, all types of softcover books, laminated printing, plus fulfillment and mailing services. If you ever have a printing question or project you would like to discuss, Keith is always happy to help. He can be reached at 314-434-5500 or 866-367-6221. Keith and Formax have been providing worry-free printing and related services for over 30 years.

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