GRAPHICS PRO

June '20

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EPSON Its new SureColor F570 dye-sublimation printer (pictured here) comes with a box including two full sets of UltraChrome DS dye-sublimation ink (8 140mL bottles); three rolls of DS Transfer Multi-Use Paper (one 24-by-100-inch roll and two 17-by-100-inch rolls); an AC power cable; and a user's guide. For more details, visit http://gpro.ly/epsonstart. VASTEX The company just introduced a new lineup of 10 screen-printing packages. All packages except Entry Shop-I (pictured here) are supplied with a screen exposure unit, a manual screen-printing press, a flash cure unit, and an infrared con- veyor dryer. For hobbyists and beginners, the Entry Shop-I package includes a model E100-2128-LB ultra- violet exposing unit, a one-station/one-color V100-11 tabletop manual screen-printing press, and an F-100 flash cure unit with rotary table For more information, visit http://gpro.ly/vastexstart. DELVIE'S PLASTICS This Laser Starter Kit package includes a variety of 12-by-12-inch acrylic sheet products the company offers; a plastic cutting/scoring tool; a full sample kit; a Novus polish kit with wipes (3-ounce kit); and a Delvie's Plastics catalog. For more details, visit http://gpro.ly/delviesstart. violet exposing unit, a one-station/one-color V100-11 tabletop manual screen-printing press, and an F-100 flash cure unit with rotary table For more information, visit http://gpro.ly/vastexstart. ing. Those looking to produce one-off shirts, highly customized offers, or just want to print on-demand have the most success with this equipment. The DTG machine is self-contained, and you can start as soon as it is out of the box. To have a turnkey op- eration, all you need is a DTG printer, pre- treat sprayer, and heat press. Lawson offers the Epson F-2100 DTG printer, along with a pre-treat sprayer and heat press machine. Operating the DTG equipment is simple. Printing is similar to outputting an art file. It is processed through a RIP, and the print- er prints directly onto the shirt. You do need to pre-treat dark garments, but the process is straightforward and repeatable. The biggest drawback of DTG printing is the cost efficiency. For small runs, DTG printing makes sense, especially compared to screen printing or vinyl. However, you cannot spread your costs over long runs like you can with screen printing. Hybrid printing is a good turnkey op- tion for businesses that are already screen printing. This vanguard technology of gar- ment decorating continues the cost savings of screen printing with the high color capacity and customization of DTG printing. Adding this option is easy for screen printers, as all you need to do is sync a hybrid digital printer to your existing manual or automatic screen-printing press. The real benefit is for production runs in the 50- to 300-piece range. A business that is totally new to screen printing would need to buy more equipment for both a screen- printing setup and the hybrid printer itself. If you already decorate garments, think about adding a wide-format printer or vinyl printing. Often, the right piece of equip- ment can be used both ways. To get started with this, all you need is a printer/cutter machine. This might be the easiest turnkey equip- ment option for beginners, because one machine gets you into the business. From a learning curve standpoint, it might be the easiest to get started as it is essentially plug- and-play. This type of digital printing is easy to do and can produce a combination of signs and banners, along with stickers and decals. Getting into this type of printing typically requires the most upfront capital, however, as quality desktop units typically start around $8,000. CHOOSING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT PROVIDER If you are adding equipment to your exist- ing shop, you likely already have a good understanding of what products or gar- ments you are missing out on by not sell- ing. Talk to the manufacturer of the equip- ment you are considering. They can help IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, LEARN MORE ABOUT HYBRID PRINTERS IN THIS ISSUE OF GRAPHICS PRO ON PAGE 14. ADDITIONAL TURNKEY PACKAGES There are quite a few turnkey packages available to the graphics industry in addition to the ones mentioned in the article. Here is a small sampling of some other options as well as company information: 4 6 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M text continued on page 90 Image courtesy Epson Image courtesy Vastex Image courtesy Delvie's Plastics TURNKEY EQUIPMENT

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