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T-Shirt Printing Machine

Tulika Nair Nov 18, 2018
Are you looking for some tips on choosing a machine for t-shirt printing? Here, we tell you about the different types of machines, and how you can choose the best one.
Have you always thought that you could create those t-shirts that flood the market? Are you sure you can design your own t-shirt, and make a career out of it? If yes, then you may do well to invest in a printing machine as seen in TV and magazine advertisements, to create customized t-shirts that you can sell.
This could be a start of a whole new business, and also, help you make some great gifts. With the right machine, you can create some funky attire and increase your cash flow.

Types of Machines

If you are looking at options, then we assume you intend to start out in the t-shirt printing business. If you want to indulge in printing shirts at home, use the screen printing method.
With the screen printing machine you can create a t-shirt with more than two colors. This machine is shaped like a carousel, and needs you to insert screens to copy the design onto the fabric. If you search around, you should be able to find a used, silk screen printing machine available for sale.
In the heat transfer printer, the equipment allows faster printing as compared to the screen printing. The machine functions on the principle of using heat for transferring the photo or design that you have etched on to the t-shirt.
The problem with this printer lies in the durability of the printed design. Many users have complained about the design peeling off after a while. Another type of machine that you can use is a vinyl printer. This is the perfect piece of equipment for high quality printing, as the layering of colors with this machine is brilliant.
The problem with this machine lies in the high costs that the use of the machine involves which makes mass production a major problem. Sublimation printers are another option. These printers turn ink into gas due to the heat, however, they can be used only with some fabrics, as they change the texture of the fabric during the printing process.
If you are a beginner, opt for a clam type press, which takes hardly any space, and has a very small frame. For mass production, the pneumatic press is the best option for professional printing, but these tend to be expensive; a price you pay for their efficiency. If you are looking for a digital machine, opt for a laser printer.

Buying a Machine

So, now that you have some basic knowledge about the machines available for printing, let us take a look at how you can procure a machine for t-shirt printing. Before buying a printer, you need to figure out how many t-shirts you will be producing, and what is your budget.
You will also need to take into account, the costs that are involved in maintaining the machine, and the expenses involved in buying the supplies for the same. While starting out, it is better to opt for a smaller option, and as your business expands you can look at larger machines, which will increase your output.
Ask around at local shops and businesses, for machines and models from different manufacturers that suit your requirements. Make a note of all the prices, and check it against the prices of the same on the internet; you may come across discounted rates. Look for the best price available before investing in a machine, as you do not spend unnecessary money.
While buying the machine, it is also important that you make all the inquiries about the spare parts of the printer, maintenance charges, and labor costs. Once you have looked at all the pros and cons involved in the purchase, and you have placed the order, ensure that you keep the warranty, receipt, and any other document carefully for any future needs.
When the machine is delivered, remember to check it once before the company representative leaves. Now that you know how to pick a printing machine, you should have no problem embarking on your new business. Let your creativity free, and create t-shirts that may become the latest rage in the market.