The Vekta P3 printer is by far and away the most capable print system for the timber frame and truss industry in the world! Vekta became OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) Partners with Hewlett Packard after convincing them that there wasn’t a print system on the market capable of doing everything the industry required. From that point forward, Vekta used the intellectual property of HP to build a custom print system specifically for the industry. The P3 was designed from the ground up, allowing Vekta to continuously increase the amount, type and format of data that can be printed onto the cut timber components.



Real-time high-resolution printing (300dpi) without slowing down your saw. Information printed directly onto the components to help in the assembly of trusses and frames as well as benefiting builders on site. Including: nail plate locations and orientations, camber detail, orientation marks for quick positioning of components, stud types and lengths, opening sizes, panel junction marks and much more!


The list below represents the most common printing capabilities supported by the P3 printer and the Vekta software. And, the list is growing! With every new SOFTWARE version Vekta releases (every 6 to 9 months), additional printing capability is being added to the system. And, as with everything Vekta does- it can be customised! Everything can be turned ON or OFF as required by the user.

General Member Labels/Printing:


  1. Prints fields such as Job, Truss, Member, Total Quantity, Quantity of (i.e. 2 of 4), Length, Nominal Length (used when auto adjusting member lengths – to account for timber swelling for example – i.e. cut all noggins 2mm shorter), File Name, Member Type, Cut ID (to identify exactly where in a given file that particular member was cut) Bundle, Bundle Row, Bundle Row Pos. You can also print custom labels on members.
    1. The size and font used to print the above information can be configured as required.
    2. You can configure exactly what you want printed on specific members. For example, what you print on Top Chords over 1500mm in length might be different to what you want to print on Webs that are less than 300mm in length.
    3. Can be printed in various locations (and combinations thereof) on the members such as
      1. Side face
      2. Top face
      3. Trailing end
      4. Leading end
      5. Upside down (to make it easier to read for certain machine configurations)
  2. Company name, contact details, logos, etc.  Colour logos will automatically be converted into grey scale images for printing.
  3. Custom images. For example, some sites print a Quality Control Checklist on certain members. When the frame or truss is complete, the guys in the factory can do a QC check and tick off the relevant points on the truss/frame itself.
  4. Company Stamp – Used to satisfy NZ requirements for truss traceability.
  5. The darkness of the prints can be controlled.


Frame Printing:


  1. Stud mark locations
    1. Stud type
    2. Stud length
    3. Stud/block thickness (trim studs, blocks, etc)
    4. Raking stud marks are angled to match the pitch of the top plate
    5. Options around when to print the location marks and when not to. For example, when trenching or using a plate progressor, the location marks may not be necessary but other information may still be of benefit.
  2. Standard stud length label.
  3. Nogging length.
  4. Window and door opening sizes.  Note on door openings, the saw can also perform the courtesy cuts along the bottom face of the bottom plate to benefit the builders on site.
  5. Adjoining panel marks – i.e. which panels intersect with the panel.
  6. Large, bold panel labels for easy reference from a distance.
  7. Bracing detail.


Truss Printing:


  1. Nailplate outline marks
    1. Can be scaled in size up and down from the nominal size.
  2. Nailplate orientation marks.
  3. Member Orientation marks – an image of the completed truss with the specific member shaded in. The image is also rotated to ensure that in the finished truss all orientation marks are aligned. This is used to help layout out trusses faster and with better accuracy.
  4. Junction labels – marks that show where and what member intersects with the current member. For example, on the top chord T2 we might print an arrow and a label such as W1.  On Web 1, it would then have a similar arrow with a label saying T2. The two arrows should point towards and align with one another in the finished truss.
  5. Boot location marks.
  6. Camber values at points along the bottom chord.
  7. Overhang detail (marks and/or distance values).
  8. Jack intersection marks.

Note that some features may not be immediately available from your nail plate supplier – please consult with Vekta if you have any specific questions in this regard.