We are being asked for more and more DTB printing for local tradesmen to have as site boards. Is there a small start up option that would take an estate agents boards size panel? I have the room for a printer but not a cnc cutter as well. MDP do these correx boards by the 100 at a great price so was thinking of just whacking these through when required. I also have a national contract for installing signs, supplied by my client, that are all DTB printed. My client has asked me previously if I could produce them as well as install them. I tried to find a supplier who could do this for me. There are plenty out there but I was unable to match the current price they pay, by the time I added any mark-up for myself. Even without the mark up some suppliers where more than the original price! If I bought it in house then I would like to think I can then match or better the price they currently pay. Most of the signs are A5 foamex or ACM with some larger ones but never much more than 600 sq.
The client doesn’t like vinyl overlay with a laminate. I have suggested that.
Uv flat bed printers come in all shapes and sizes, in my opinion the machines to start looking at are HP FB range, OCE Arizona and Jetrix (LX3 is 1200 x 1200 and prints 53m2 an hour) It depends on your budget and your volume and you need To consider the return on investment. An approx m2 figure per board print only would be £1.00 m2 so you can do the sums. Also something to consider is when the machine is out of warranty, after year one or two this can be a large yearly expense to keep the machine running reliable. Last but not least, if you have enough m2 to run through the machine monthly why not finance the machine and let it pay for itself.