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44 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 Wide Format This can include a laminator, a prep table and other post-print processing equip- ment needed. It's important to ensure you have sufficient room not only for the printer, but also for laying out graphics and storing materials," states Valade. Rugen adds that resellers of wide- format printers can assist in determin- ing shop space and in fact should do so. He says that the placement of these devices will require a clean room, as dust free as possible, and environmentally controlled (heat, cool and humidity). In addi- tion, most projects will require some large table space for preparing the application for mounting on boards, or other rigid media. Will the finished project need to be pro- tected with a laminate? If so, count on doubling that space needed for just the printer itself. "In addition to the wide-format printer, the shop will need a computer and software to design and run the printer. It can take some time to become proficient in using these programs and we highly recommend attending a training class or seminar to become more efficient. This can save hours on the learning curve and if it is a group setting can allow the beginner to ask questions on many topics with more experienced users in the room. Of course, most machines will come with a warranty and yes, it is needed. In fact, many extend this insurance against machine issues. The more business you get, the more the printer will be used and at some point it may need adjustment or repair and since it is the life-blood of the shop, warranties can make this affordable and efficient." What are the pros and cons of avail- able ink types they can choose from? "With so many technologies to choose from, it's best to weigh your options based on what you expect your focus will be," Valade. "Traditionally, users looking to have a well-rounded offering of applications will choose an eco-solvent printer or printer/cutter to get started, as they offer the most commonly requested applications, like outdoor signage, post- ers, banners, apparel heat transfers, and labels/decals," he adds. Valade points out that Roland offers some outstanding entry-level eco-solvent "Epson recently launched the SureColor S40600 Print Cut Edition that would be ideal for an entry-level shop. The bundle pack- age includes the Epson SureColor S40600 roll-to-roll printer, state-of-the-art Graphtec cutter, and ONYX software to maximize productivity and streamline workflow," says Epson's Matt McCausland. (Images courtesy of Epson America Inc.) (Image courtesy of Mutoh) UV or dye-sublimation inks allow for a wide range of unique applications.

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