Wide Format Printing-How Dye Sublimation Printer Works?
Wide format sublimation printer is one of those fields in our industry that has some misunderstandings that I would like to expose. Also, I want to share with you some new potential markets with the addition of wide-format roll to roll sublimation equipment.
One of the first big misconceptions is the economics of getting into wide-format, roll-to-roll sublimation. I know for a lot of people, including myself, as soon as the words “wide format” is tossed around, visions of hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent, huge warehouses and other headache come to mind. Well, fortunately for those of us who have those overactive imaginations, it really is not that bad.
Now what I didn’t cover was the roll-to-roll sublimation, but again in the grand scheme of the profit potential, this investment can be broken down into a monthly payment and easily covered nearly out of the gate. So for example, if you are looking to not only produce garments but also want to tackle home goods, like shower curtains, bed sheets, blankets, pillowcases and other similar items, you will need a printer that can print at least 64 to 72 inches wide. You will then also need a calendar press that can accommodate the 64 to 72-inch requirement
The next misconception when it comes to wide format sublimation is the cost savings. Yes the labor is a big factor in your costs and there is plenty of margin in most products to handle the increased ink costs in a small format printer, but all it takes is a little bit breakdown and you will find that things change pretty quickly. If you are a small format sublimator,
Lastly, While yes at first glance it can seem more difficult but the process is the same, you just have a tool called a RIP software to help you along. If you are working with the right supplier the RIP software should be set-up on the front end as part of the purchase investment. With most wide-format RIP programs, you have the ability to drop your jobs into it and let it “nest” images for you to optimize your printing and paper usage.
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