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HP 1055CM 36" Printer

Original price $699.99 - Original price $699.99
Original price
$699.99 - $699.99
Current price $699.99

Product description

The HP Designjet 1055CM printer is a high-performance, high-speed, 36-inch, large-format printer using thermal Inkjet technology. Its new ink system (printhead + printhead cleaner + ink cartridges) provides 600 dpi and 350/175 cc of ink in a continuous refill system.

HP Jetdirect card

The 1055CM printer has HP Jetdirect 600 N 10/100 TX (J3113A) installed.

Product features

  • Three times faster print speed (over the HP Designjet 750C+ printer).
  • Three times "click-to-clunk" overall throughput improvement (over the HP Designjet 750C+ printer).
  • True 600-dpi output for crisper text, finer lines, and improved image resolution.
  • Addressable 1200-dpi mono resolution.
  • Network-ready.
  • 1 GB hard disk drive.
  • Increased ink unattendedness with 350 cc/175 cc (CMY) and 350 cc (K) off-axis ink cartridges.
  • Long-life printheads.
  • Increased paper unattendedness with 300 ft HP bright white paper jumbo rolls.
  • Improved ink-level sensing (low-ink and overnight printing indicator).
  • Ability to load cut-sheet without manually unloading roll paper.
  • Support for thin paper (Asian tracing paper).
  • Glossy paper support.
  • HP-GL, HP-GL/2, and HP RTL languages supported.
  • VarWare support.
  • New Front panel for improved ease of use.
  • EDO slots for RAM DIMMS (16, 32, 64 MB).
  • Parallel connector; one serial connector.
  • HP Designjet PostScript (R) drivers for Macintosh (QuickDraw) shipped in the box.
  • HP Designjet PostScript drivers for Microsoft (R) Windows applications shipped in the box.
  • AutoCAD drivers shipped in the box.
  • Built-in Adobe (R) PostScript Level 3 Raster Image Processor.
  • Automatic color calibration to improve color consistency between jobs.
  • Ink emulation, allowing the printer to print jobs intended for devices using standard pre-press color gamuts.
  • PostScript queuing and nesting to reduce paper waste.
  • Large and very complex PostScript file printing.

System requirements

  • Windows 9x
  • Windows 3x
  • Windows NT
  • Macintosh
  • UNIX (R)
The Adobe PostScript drivers supplied with this printer are for Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems only, and not for UNIX applications. Most UNIX applications that output PostScript files include embedded PostScript drivers.
With any queries about whether an application supports this printer or with any output problems that may be linked to a UNIX PostScript driver, first check software documentation and, if necessary, contact the software vendor for advice.


  • Industry-standard HP-GL, HP-GL/2, and HP-RTL languages supported
  • Built-in Adobe PostScript Level III
  • Network ready (100Base-T)
  • HP Jetdirect print server (a network interface card) for LAN connections
  • 2 EDO Slots for RAM DIMMS up to 128 MB
  • 1 Parallel connector; 1 Serial connector
  • AutoCAD (Windows 3x, 9x, and Windows NT drivers shipped in the box)


The fonts print shows all resident PostScript fonts (internal and downloaded) with a printed sample of each font.
Asian versions ship with Asian fonts preloaded on the hard disk drive.

Media specifications

Roll paper

Paper length:
All film types
Heavyweight coated paper
91.4 m (300 feet)
38 m (125 feet)
30.5 m (100 feet)
Maximum outside diameter of roll
99 mm (3.9 inches) across any diameter
Inside core diameter
50.8 mm (2 inches)
Roll Widths
610 mm (24 inches) and
914 mm (36 inches)
Side margins (normal)
5 mm (0.20 inches)
Side margins (extended)
15 mm (0.59 inches)
Leading edge
12 mm (0.47 inches)
Trailing edge
5 mm (0.20 inches)

Sheet paper

The HP Designjet 1050C printer accommodates all standard and odd paper sizes. The width ranges from 210 mm to 917 mm (8.3 to 36.1 inches). The maximum sheet length is 1600 mm (63 inches).

Media types

  • HP bright white Inkjet paper
  • HP translucent bond
  • HP vellum
  • HP natural tracing paper
  • HP clear film
  • HP matte film
  • HP heavyweight coated paper
See also the SuppliesSource catalog and (in Europe and USA) the HP Paper Guide for the HP Designjet Printers.
New paper types may become available. For up-to-date information, contact an HP dealer or local HP sales and support Office.

Margins roll/sheet

Side margins
Leading edge margin
Trailing edge margin
5 mm
(0.20 inches)
12 mm
(0.47 inches)
5 mm
(0.20 inches)
5 mm
(0.20 inches)
12 mm
(0.47 inches)
15 mm
(0.59 inches)
15 mm
(0.59 inches)
12 mm
(0.47 inches)
5 mm
(0.20 inches)
15 mm
(0.59 inches)
12 mm
(0.47 inches)
15 mm
(0.59 inches)


The ink system in the 1055CM printer includes three components: a printhead, printhead cleaner, and an ink cartridge to provide large-capacity ink, unattended printing, ease of use, reliability, and low cost. The ink system offers true 600 dpi and advanced dithering algorithms for exceptional image quality prints.
Each 600 dpi thermal Inkjet printhead applies ink droplets onto paper and has a reservoir that holds enough ink for several prints. The printer automatically refills the printhead from the ink cartridge whenever the ink volume in the printhead reservoir becomes low. The printer uses the printhead cleaners to clean and maintain the printheads, to ensure best possible image quality, and to seal the printheads when they are not in use to ensure long life.

HP80 Ink supplies

The ink system components (the printhead, printhead cleaner, and ink cartridge) are called the HP80 Ink Supplies, and they are coded with an HP80 icon to help to reorder the correct replacement components.
Each color ink cartridge (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) can be purchased separately from an HP retailer and should be purchased when an existing ink cartridge is low on ink, if you intend to print continuously.
The printhead and printhead cleaner are supplied as a single unit and should always be installed as a matched pair. They do not require replacement every time a new ink cartridge is installed in the printer. It is only necessary to replace the printhead/printhead cleaner when the existing components are time expired.
Part numbers for the HP80 Ink Supplies are listed in the table below.
Part number
Black printhead/printhead cleaner
Cyan printhead/printhead cleaner
Magenta printhead/printhead cleaner
Yellow printhead/printhead cleaner
Ink cartridge black 350 cc
Ink Cartridge cyan 350 cc
Ink Cartridge magenta 350 cc
Ink Cartridge yellow 350 cc
Ink Cartridge cyan 175 cc
Ink Cartridge magenta 175 cc
Ink Cartridge yellow 175 cc


The 1055CM printer comes with a 2.1 GB hard disk drive and 32 MB of memory. You can expand the memory up to 128 MB by adding additional 16 MB, 32 MB, or 64 MB memory expansion modules.

Performance/print quality

Print quality
Print resolution
300 x 300 dpi
600 x 600 dpi
Color prints:
600 x 600 dpi
Grayscale prints:
1200 x 600 dpi

Print Speed

Mono speed
Color speed
2 x 3 ft
(609 x 914 mm)
2 x 3 ft
(609 x 914 mm)


0.38 mm (0.015 inches) or 0.2 percent of the specified vector length, whichever is greater, at 23 degrees C (73 degrees F), 50 to 60percent relative humidity on HP special polyester film

Programming languages supported

  • CALS
  • HP-GL
  • HP-GL/2 (with Kanji Level 1 and 2 character sets)
  • HP-RTL (with color extensions)
  • PJL, PML
  • Adobe PostScript Level 3 (supports Asian languages)
  • VarWare


35 percent Annualized Failure Rate (AFR)
Duty cycle
14.77 square meters (159 sq. feet) per day

Physical specifications

Without stand:
59 kg (130 pounds)
With stand:
81 kg (178 pounds)
1566 mm (61.7 inches)
675 mm (26.6 inches)
1290 mm (50.8 inches)

Electrical specifications

100 to 240 volts AC +/- 10 percent auto ranging
50 to 60 Hz
Three amp maximum
200 watts maximum
Energy Star Rating (USA)
Maximum power in ideal state: 45 watts

Environmental specifications

If the printer temperature falls below the minimum specified operating temperature the printer may stop to protect the ink systems.
At 3000 meters altitude, the printer may have operational problems.
Operating Range
15 to 35 degrees C (59 to 95 degrees F)
at 20 to 80% relative humidity
Optimal print quality:
22 to 26 degrees C (72 to 79 degrees F)
at 30 to 60% relative humidity
Acceptable print quality:
15 to 30 degrees C (59 to 86 degrees F) at 20-80% relative humidity
-40 to 70 degrees C (-40 to 158 degrees F)
Packed system:
-40 to 60 degrees C (-40 to 140 degrees F)

Acoustic specifications

Operating sound pressure
54 dB (From a one-meter, bystander position)
Idle sound pressure
Less than 30 dB (A) (From a one-meter, bystander position)
Operating sound power
6.5 Bels (A)
Idle sound power
Less than 4.3 Bels (A)