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Poster Maker 3600

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Reinforce key learnings, encourage cooperative group work and promote school pride with easy-to-customize, quick-printing posters & banners made with this ink- & toner-free tool. Choose from nearly 700 customizable templates available with VariQuest software or enlarge smaller documents using the Poster Maker’s scan-to-print technology.


The following is just a sampling of templates included in the VariQuest Design Center Software, many of which are customizable for your specific application. In addition, design possibilities are endless with the new PDF-to-Print feature which allows you to easily scale and print any PDF design file using the VariQuest Software! Learn more here.


Learning Modules

Aligned to Common Core State Standards, the VariQuest Learning Modules include cross-curricular activities that incorporate the use of visuals and manipulatives into instruction as well as additional shapes, fonts and bulletin board collections.

Simply select one of the Learning Modules from the drop down menu below and your state to view the common core alignment.

EARTH SCIENCE 1:Weather and Seasons
READING & WRITING 1:Letter Recognition & Sounds, Basic Grammar & Punctuation, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting
READING & WRITING 2:Vocabulary, Punctuation, Reading & Writing
NUMBER SENSE 1:Counting 1-100, Addition & Subtraction
NUMBER SENSE 2:Multiplication & Division, Common Factors, Fractions
MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY 1:Basic Shapes, Patterns, Time & Money
MEASUREMENT & GEOMETRY 2:Lines & Angles, Perimeter & Area, Special 2-D & 3-D Shapes
COMMUNITY 1:Character Education, Diversity

I just had to take a moment to let you know that we have discovered another wonder of the world: the Poster Maker and Cold Laminator! There isn’t a day that goes by since we purchased the equipment that we don’t say, ‘How did we get along without it?’

Elayne Elsky
Haskell Elementary School

Our school’s recent purchase of a Varitronics Poster Maker 3600 has enabled our teachers to prepare specific, write-on, teaching posters to significantly enhance their instruction.

Kim Kirk
Grant F. Timmerman Elementary School
Emporia, KS


Can the Poster Maker be networked?

At this time, the Poster Maker cannot be networked.

How often does the Poster Maker paper cutter need to be replaced?

The automatic cutter should not require replacement for the life of the Poster Maker!

If there is a problem with the cutter, can I manually cut the paper?

Yes, there is a button on the LCD panel that will activate the cutter. In the event of a cutter error, you can turn the Poster Maker off and manually slide the cutter.

How much paper needs to be pulled out when using the auto-cut function?

The manufacturers’ recommendation is to pull out 8” of paper to remove any slack. You should make sure that at least 2” of paper is past the cutter.

How can I tell what the length of a finished banner will be? Can I pre-select a size to fit an area of my school?

The template length is automatically calculated by the width of the paper installed and the set-up of the original template. The total length of the banner or poster will appear on the “Print Preview” screen before printing. At this time, there is no option that allows you to change the length of a banner or poster template. However, there are templates that are designed to print at a specific length.

Can I still print banners on stand-alone mode?

Yes, there is an “Output Sizes” function located within the Menu selections on the LCD panel of the Poster Maker. Please refer to the Poster Maker User’s Guide for assistance.

How do I print from a PDF or other poster creator applications?

Please refer to the Design Center User’s Guide for instructions on printing a PDF.

What menu function is used to enlarge a specific area of a document?

The menu function is called “Enlarge Area” and is located by selecting the Menu button on the LCD panel of the Poster Maker.

When using the “Enlarge Area” function, should I use a special color of ink when creating the command sheet? Do the lines of the box need to be connected?

While you do not need a special ink, it is very important that the lines are solid and connected.

Can I produce multiple copies of a poster when enlarging an area?

No. The “Multiple Copies” function is not available when using the “Enlarge Area” function.

How do I adjust the contrast?

On the LCD panel of the Poster Maker, press the Menu button twice, then press the Select button. Using the Select button, you can choose to increase or decrease the level of contrast. Press Menu>Clear to accept and get back to the “Standby” screen.

The Poster Maker will retain this new setting until manually adjusted back to normal setting or until the power is recycled. In the event the power is recycled, the setting will return to the factory default.

How do I shut off the auto cut function?

On the LCD panel of the Poster Maker, press the Menu button four times to reach the Auto Cut setting. Using the Select key, toggle between On and Off. Press Menu>Clear to accept and return to the “Standby” screen.

The Poster Maker will retain this setting until manually changed back; even if the power is recycled (this is different from the Contrast and Output Size settings).

How do I select the reverse mode when using the Design Center or when making a poster in stand-alone mode?

When using the Design Center, select the option “Reverse Print” that appears in the upper right section of the Print Preview Screen.

When making a poster in stand-alone mode, press the Mode button on the panel of the Poster Maker until you see “Reverse” displayed in the LCD panel.

Are my adjustments to the control panel saved when I shut the Poster Maker off or do the settings revert to factory-installed settings?

The Contrast and Output Size settings return back to the factory defaults when the power is recycled. All other settings (Auto Cut, Advanced Setup, and Set Unit Lengths) retain changed settings until manually set back to defaults.

Does my Poster Maker 3600 require disposable end caps?

No, the end caps for the Poster Maker paper rolls are secured on each roll. The right-side end cap houses a computer chip, which provides paper supply information (type, width and color) to the Poster Maker and Design Center. The chip also communicates the approximate number of feet remaining on the roll of installed paper.

Is there a color-indicator sticker on every paper roll so I can tell the color of paper?

Yes, the color indicator is on the outside of the end cap because the end caps are secured into the ends of each roll.

Can I use PosterPrinter paper and end caps in the new VariQuest Poster Maker?

No, the secured end caps on the Poster Maker paper were designed differently then the previous removable end caps.

Are supplies still available for PosterPrinter models?

Yes, we now sell two types of poster paper. PosterPrinter owners will continue to purchase PosterPrinter paper without end caps.

Is there a price difference between Poster Maker and PosterPrinter paper?

There is no price difference between the two types of poster paper.

Are paper roll end caps, tubes, or Poster Maker paper recyclable?

The paper core is recyclable, but the end caps need to be removed. The end caps and Poster Maker paper itself are not recyclable.

How do I enlarge a hard copy using Perfecta Scanner and Scan-to-Print function?

The Perfecta module has a Scan-to-Print button that allows you to scan and print in three easy steps! You can also save your scanned template to print at a later date. The Scan to Template feature allows you to scan an image directly onto a pre-designed VariQuest template. You can save the scanned image to the My Graphics folder for use in future templates.

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There are many positive comments we can make about the Varitronics Poster Maker but one that we appreciate the most is how easy and convenient it is to use. Even with all the different options, it is quite user-friendly.

Kathleen Mangun
Cherry Hill School
New Lenox, IL


  • Reinforce lessons with poster-size visual aids to increase students’ retention
  • Encourage cooperative group work with posters of Venn diagrams, mind maps, worksheets and more
  • Enlarge rubrics, standards, assessments and schedules to set clear expectations of students
  • Promote school-wide communication in a professional manner with posters of school events, activities, standards and more
  • Encourage school morale and pride with motivational posters with your school logo and mission statement
  • Enlarge graphic organizers of key concepts to support retention of presented material
  • Save time by creating visual aids in seconds to reinforce lessons
  • Post professional development posters in the teachers’ lounge
  • Use as a fundraising tool by creating and selling customized posters and banners, such as sports banners and recognition posters, to student groups, parents and the community

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