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Latex Printer Question

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by ol'phart, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. ol'phart

    ol'phart Member

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    Considering a latex printer and I am getting all kinds of estimates as to how much per square foot it costs to print with a latex printer. The salesman is the last person you want to believe. I'm looking for the real cost. Can anybody help?
    Thanks Much
     
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  2. Sign Eagle

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    The cost to print is a loaded question without an easy answer. Material cost can very from $0.20/sq ft to more than $2.00/sq ft, we are paying $118/HP cart. for ink, but have seen it close to $150 / cart. If you print a 42" wide graphic on 54" wide material, you have 14" of scrap that should be a part of the cost calculation. The amount of ink used will very greatly depending on what you print and density of color.

    We have been running an HP L25500 for about 2 years and a Falcon II Outdoors for about 7. The HP uses less ink than the Faclon and the ads for the new HP indicate they will use still less ink. I use $0.25 per sq ft for ink on both machines, this is an approx. number for what goes out the door vs. what goes into the machine, I don't have a good measurement of scrap or ink lost in cleaning, I just use the $0.25 which seems reasonable for us. So the bottom line is, there really is no good cost per sq/ft.

    When buying a machine, pick a company you feel confortable with, the lowest price might not be the best choice in the end.
     
  3. ddarlak

    ddarlak Trump Hater

    The HP 25500 has a neat feature, you can link to your printer thru a web browser. With this app you can see a history of what you have printed.

    here is a sample of ink usage for a job i printer last week.

    [TABLE="class: dataTable, width: 0"]
    [TR="class: treeTableTitleRowClosed treeTableTopLevel"]
    [TD="bgcolor: #EEEEEE"]64.1458 ft²[/TD]
    [TD="bgcolor: #EEEEEE"]101.895 ml

    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
    the first number was substrate usage and the next was ml of ink used.

    I paid $119 for a 775ml of ink from grimco.

    This was 600dpi, 10pass, bi directional

    on this job, i paid 24 cents a square in ink.
     
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