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Cost of Ink per job?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Jo Hill, Feb 5, 2020.

  1. Jo Hill

    Jo Hill Member

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    Ultra noob question: is there a way to calculate how much ink I’m using for a job? Say I print a 4x8 post full color..

    I use sign lab. Sign lab came with a VPM: Visual Production Manager. Maybe there is a place I can go in the VPM that will tell me how much ink I used in a certain job?

    I’m just trying to get better at figuring out how much a job costs me. Time, ink, vinyl and everything else.
     
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  2. SignMeUpGraphics

    SignMeUpGraphics Moderator

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    What printer are you using?
    It's more accurate to poll the printer than the RIP, but it definitely depends on the equipment. Not all machines will report this info.
     
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  3. Solventinkjet

    Solventinkjet DIY Printer Fixing Guide

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    General rule of thumb for solvent inks is about $0.30 per square foot on the high end.
     
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