So you have decided to buy a large format printer. You have great numbers on your spreadsheet showing production forecasts for the next 1 year with the new equipment. Great! But do you know where to start? How do you decide on the brand and model? Do you go by your friend's recommendations or go by the reviews on the internet?
We are sure, these questions bother the minds of every prospective large format printer buyer. And the answer to this question is quite crucial as the purchase of a large format printer requires a good amount of investment, not only during the purchase but post buying too.
So let us see the important points one needs to consider before purchasing a large format printer:
Application: You begin your thought process from the point of view of the end product. What will be your application? Do you want to print banners, vehicle wraps, indoor or outdoor signs or posters? This question will not only help you to narrow down your printer choice but also help you to determine your choice of media: vinyl, canvas, paper, fabric, etc.
Maximum size of output: The size of your typical output can help you to determine the size of the printer that you need. You also need to consider the size of your shop and the place the printer will occupy.
Durability of output: Depending upon where the final print output will be placed; indoors or outdoors, your requirements may change. Because depending on the location, the durability of the final output may be affected. This analysis will help you to shortlist the material and technology that will produce that output for you.
Speed: One should remember that the maximum speed limits mentioned in the spec sheet do not give an acceptable quality of output. Also the speed limits in spec sheets do not take into account the cleaning time, printer stops and media changeovers.
Cost Constraints: You bought a printer which gives the best quality print at great production time. But are your customers willing to pay the price for it. Before investing in a printer it is essential to analyze the cost benefit ratio and then take the plunge.
Extra Production Capacity: Make sure you take into account the potential company growth. Especially because you would not want to outgrow your new printer within a few months with still a couple of years of lease pending.
After Sales Service: Large format printers are not your television sets or washing machines, that you will find technicians to repair them in every nook and corner. So when you buy a large format printer, you have to make sure that you are covered as far as after sales service and repairs is concerned. Otherwise you might end up paying more for its maintenance than you expected.
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