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Eddie Cotton

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Post Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:06 pm

cheapest option for digital printing

hi everyone
i know its late and people probably dont want to be bothered with this but...
im looking at starting digital printing, i have been doint solid and muti layer signwriting for the last year but have had a few jobs wanting digital printed vinyl like their company photos etc printed onto vans and the holy vinyl (not sure what its called) for on windows?
i know thers different ways of doing it e.g solvent, eco-solvent, printed that does or doesnt need laminating,
just basically after a load of knowledge on whats best/easiest and throwing towards printer/cutters that will do the job. im not looking at spending £20k but dont mind a few thousand as i wont be using to much mainly roof/bonnet wraps and logos
sorry for all the question and long story but any answers will be appreciated
thanks, ed
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Jason Xuereb

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Post Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:43 am

Sub it out. If your doing vehicle graphics you will also need a laminator.

You'll know when you have enough work to justify the capital investment in a printer and a laminator.
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Colin Crabb

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Post Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:04 pm

Yup unless your printing everyday - sub it out.
I too asked this question awhile back, Solvent ink will dry in printheads unless the machine is used on a regular basis, and the top peeps on here gave great advice and 'sub it out' until you build that line of business up to justify investing in a Solvent or Latex machine & laminator.

Me.... working towards a latex machine.... one day....
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Post Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:51 pm

Hi Eddie,
contra vision is the trade name for holy one way vision vinyl, most suppliers will
Sell it, I do agree with the guys re subbing out, get in touch with a friendly trade
Printer and when you are spending £1000 a month with them start having a look round, low or Eco solvent inks shouldn't block the heads these days, most will have an automatic cleaning function that uses a tiny amount of ink which will stop that happening.
Good luck.
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Eddie Cotton

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Post Thu Oct 11, 2012 1:43 pm

hi everyone, sorry for the late reply ive just got back from holiday, i am newish to all the vinyl games im guessing "sub it out" is a phrase used for dye sublimation printers? and do all of these need to be laminated onto afterwards? i am getting a few bits and pieces but i dont want to keep sending te work elsewhere, i dont want to spend a fortune and would be happy if i can find something to do the job for a few grand
so im guessing im looking towards a dye sublimation printer
a laminater
and im guessing most printers are now cutters aswell
thanks for the help :)
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Brian Hays

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Post Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:00 pm

Eddie, they are suggesting you get another company with a machine to supply prints until you have built up a demand for it. Nothing to do with dye sub!

There is a Roland in the For Sale section. If I had the room I would buy it, bargain. :cool:
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Post Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:02 pm

Aye - sub it out aka send out to tender.
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Eddie Cotton

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Post Thu Oct 11, 2012 2:07 pm

ah ye im with you now, sorry i am naturally blonde ;) lol, i know a place that can do it but its just extra hassle and running around so would have liked a printer really but is something im looking into
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Post Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:14 am

Re: cheapest option for digital printing

Eddie Cotton wrote:hi everyone
i know its late and people probably dont want to be bothered with this but...
im looking at starting digital printing, i have been doint solid and muti layer signwriting for the last year but have had a few jobs wanting cheap printing in Brisbane vinyl like their company photos etc printed onto vans and the holy vinyl (not sure what its called) for on windows?
i know thers different ways of doing it e.g solvent, eco-solvent, printed that does or doesnt need laminating,
just basically after a load of knowledge on whats best/easiest and throwing towards printer/cutters that will do the job. im not looking at spending £20k but dont mind a few thousand as i wont be using to much mainly roof/bonnet wraps and logos
sorry for all the question and long story but any answers will be appreciated
thanks, ed


Hello,
Online printing services (also referred as e-printing, digital printing, print-on-demand, etc.) are typically touted as the best way to print just about anything, which is basically true. They are very flexible, allowing customers to choose from a variety of packages starting from around $0.10-$1.00, depending on the quality and materials used. And you have a wide variety of photo or specialty paper at your fingertips. Home printing, on the other hand, can be limiting, whether we like to admit it or not

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