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43 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 cutter (with integrated printing and contour cutting capabilities) like Roland's 54-inch wide TrueVIS SG-540 has an M S R P of $12,995, while the 30-inch S G -300 costs $9,995 M S R P . Roland printers come with Roland VersaWorks RIP software, which saves thousands of dollars over having to buy software to run the printer," says Valade. "Some models include a media take-up unit, while others would require a separate take-up. There are other costs to consider (i.e., inks, materials and finishing equipment), but it's possible to get a new wide-format printer for under $10,000, ranging up to $25,000-$30,000 for higher productivity models," he adds. "For the first machine, a shop can expect to spend anywhere between $10,000-$20,000 on the printer and finishing equipment," says McCausland. "In addition to the printer, shops will want to install a laminator and/or cutter. Epson recently launched the SureColor S40600 Print Cut Edition that would be ideal for an entry-level shop. The bundle package includes the Epson SureColor S40600 roll-to-roll printer, Graphtec cutter, and ONYX software to maximize productivity and streamline workflow." Rugen reports that most commercial printers these days range from $7,500 to $90,000. The cost will be directly related to the size of the printer as well as the ink type. However, many shops expect to set aside about $25,000 for a typical 64-inch eco-solvent printer because of the range of projects, or applications, it can produce. "The main concern is getting enough business to pay for the machine as quickly as possible, so it is wise to choose a printer that can do a wide range of projects as a started to open up market possibilities. As the shop gains business, it can then invest in more specialized equipment." How much shop space is needed? How long does it take to become proficient? Is a warranty necessary? McCausland says that it takes time to become proficient in the machinery and software. "I would estimate approximately 1-3 months for the machinery and 1-3 months for the accompanying software and RIP systems." "For an entry level sign shop, warranty for equipment is necessary. The equipment needs to be running for the business to be successful, a new sign shop cannot afford for the machinery to not be working correctly," he says. "The amount of space needed will depend on the size of the printer being purchased and any other finishing equip- ment needed for desired applications. The amount of space needed will depend on the size of the printer being purchased and any other finishing equipment needed. ©2019 CIT Group Inc. All rights reserved. CIT and the CIT logo are registered trademarks of CIT Group Inc. Not all applicants will qualify for financing. All finance programs and rates are subject to final approval by CIT, and are subject to change at anytime without notice. Speed and performance are subject to applicant's local connectivity and other factors outside CIT's control. Financing as essential as ink Need financing options? Whether you are buying or selling – we o…er fast financing for a fast world. 877-786-5327 | cit.com/SDGMag print@cit.com

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