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Thermal printer??? Gerber fx maybe...

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by Joel golden, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Joel golden

    Joel golden Member

    Feb 1, 2017
    Hey guys,
    I have a customer that wants something I can’t currently do. We are strictly a cut graphics shop but they want 2-5,000 two color decals per month about .75”x1.5”

    What they want is chrome, specifically a black vinyl with either chrome or green metallic chrome. I really would like to keep this in-house with the other work we do for them so what options do I have? I see the Gerber edge, and saw the summa thermal (seems more in the price range used) but what about other options... I currently cut on graphtecs but may also be in the market for a new plotter (maybe the summa T series)... help a fella out here

    PHILJOHNSON Sales Manager

    Jul 23, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    Hi Joel,

    We(Airmark) offer the Summa DC5 printer cutters and also the Summa cutters as well. I'd be happy to answer any questions that you might have about either piece of equipment. Please send me a PM or email me at philj@airmark.com if you like to setup a time to discuss this project to see if the Summa equipment might be a good fit.

    Thanks, Joel!

    Best regards,

    Phil Johnson
    Airmark Corporation
    (800)527-7778, ext 112
  3. Billct2

    Billct2 Major Contributor

    Mar 12, 2005
    New England
    I would recommend a good used Gerber Edge 2 with plotter package. Check to see if your software is compatible
    It can print chrome on black or print black on chrome (with thermal printable chrome vinyl) and you can add a green transparent overlay.
  4. I have a Gerber Edge 1 with GSXplus cutter and over 52 foils for sale. Brand new print head. It is a complete package. Includes Gerber software and key. $9000 CDN
  5. SlikGRFX

    SlikGRFX Member

    Mar 14, 2017
    Black and chrome and green chrome can be produced with any regular eco solvent printer by using printable chrome vinyl, then laminate and cut. Gerber Edges are good machines, but it wouldn't be the first printer I would buy. For example a used Roland Versacamm is a far more versatile printer and will allow you to produce a wider (literally) range of products as well as these specific decals.
  6. davedavedave

    davedavedave Member

    Dec 14, 2018
    i wouldnt go for a eco system, since he usually dont print at all from what i understood... eco printers are only rentable if u use them daily...
    if u buy a versacam and dont use it for a few days the print head will almost dry out... there is a daily cleaning programm if u dont use it everyday , but if he only uses the printer once a month there would be to much ink lost from the cleaning for nothing...

    thermal printer is the way to go for him...
    there are three factors u need to watch out..
    -the size of the prints
    -how many colors
    -the room (space taken in room)
    -do u have a plotter cutter?

    if u only print small black decals like u said in the top post
    - i definitely would go with a used gerber edge 1 or 2... u often can find nice deals for 500-2000 with a cutter and a lot of cartridges ...

    if u have alot of space and looking forward to print multi colored and bigger stuff
    - go for a summa DC 4SC - basically its the same like a gerber, but has the cutter built in, can print bigger sheets and also is able to handle multiple cartridges/colors at each run wich is very time saving!... (the gerber only handles one cartridge/color each run)

    the software is probably the only problem getting used... but i think flexisign or signlab should work on both machines i think...
    i know on the gerber u can use gerber omega software, flexisign, or signlab, im not sure about the summa....

    im looking for a thermal printer myself...
    at the moment there are a few good deals for the summa on ebay.com.... probably the same price range than the actual gerber listings on ebay...
    if u have room and no time to wait for a good deal on a gerber- go for a summa....
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2019
  7. Joel golden

    Joel golden Member

    Feb 1, 2017
    well, I ended up going with a used summa DC4sx for $2k with a ton of ribbons and the dongle. I’m still in the early stages of learning the print side of the business but my business stickers came out great for my personal needs and one of the guys in my business network got wind of it and made some connections for me...ok he got me 2 orders with a total of 23,000 units... it’s been a crazy couple weeks! And that thing is YUGE!!! My current set up is home based but we run 3 employees out of that 1000 square feet...but it’s in the basement. 500 pound machine going down in a basement is quite the moving feat for 2 guys!
  8. davedavedave

    davedavedave Member

    Dec 14, 2018
    nice seems like a good deal!!!
    didnt knew the summa is so heavy... this is a no go for me since i need the printer in my appartment in the fourth floor lol so i need to look for a gerber :D lol
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