OK VooDoo Child, what does a print cost you on the Color Drop DTF system?
Here is the skinny -
We measure things in SQUARE METERS, there is just shy of 11 square feet in one square meter - this tells me I can produce about 11 full front designs in one square meter.
We know the following, we call them constants:
Usage for one square meter
White 30 mL / $2.10
CMYK combined 12 mL / 60 cents
Film one square meter / $5.00
Adhesive 66 grams (.15 lbs) / $2.24
*The total cost per square meter: $9.94
The costs listed above come from another constant, the retail price from our website
cost per image for the following you can obtain from a square meter at 75% coverage
12 / 62 cents
14 / 53 cents
16 / 47 cents
18 / 41 cents
cost per image for the following you can obtain from a square meter at 50% coverage
12 / 31 cents
14 / 27 cents
16 / 23 cents
18 / 21 cents
You can print 8 - 10 square meters per hour and finish one 330' roll in just under 6 hours
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Ten different customers may give you ten different answers on how they look at their return on investment when they purchase machinery - the Color Drop DTF customer is no different.
ROI calculations can get very complicated when you take into consideration what exactly happens at your business. When calculating a TRUE ROI, you must cosider all areas of your business - the five most important are
You have transfer customers, you're buying 100s, 1000s or 10s of thousands of transfers yearly that are costly and time consuming.
A digital transfer machine like the Color Drop DTF is just the answer - your cost per print is a fraction of what you are buying them for, the colors are limitless and you can make them in hours versus waiting days.
Let's take a look at what owning your own equipment costs you.
Proper maintenance is essential - especially taking care of your print heads. A few drops of cleaning solution in the cap stands each night adds up, but better a few $100 dollars yearly on proper maintenance than failing print heads.
Machines that sit around and do not work regularly typically cost more to own due to more maintenance when you do need to operate it. This really drives up the Total Cost of Ownership.
Take for example the expensive DTG machines I used to sell. The cost of owning ofe of these can be split into three categories: Labor, Operations and Depreciation
For labor, its not just the person running the machine, you must include time allotted for handling the shirts pre and post printing. To understand the total sum of this cost, one must understand how much it costs per hour to pay an operator, how long each part spends on the machine, how long it takes to set up the machine, and how much time the operator spends actually attending the machine. Each of these elements will probably be different for every application and every facility.
Operational costs include electrical (gas if a dryer is needed), maintenance and repairs, consumables, and the like. These costs are incurred only when the machine is in operation.
Depreciation costs take into account the machine’s estimated value at the end of the payment cycle, regardless of whether it was a monthly lease or a purchase over time. These costs occur whether the machine is in operation or not.
DTG units can cost as little as $25,000 anc can run up to $800,000+
The Color Drop DTF is $19,995.
Factor a yearly maintenance cost of about 3-4% of the purchase price.
Maintenance typically increases as the machine ages - over 10 years, that can add up.
Buy quality machines from reputable sales teams and keep the maintenance schedule that is recommended; if you do this, your investment will pay off for you.
RIP software can help in a few different areas of your digital printing business
1. It can create ICC profiles
2. Allows you to simplify workflow
3. Reduce waste of media
4. Need to color match previously printed images
5. Increase productivity
RIP Software is used in the digital printing industry to ensure that printers deliver consistent, color correct, high quality output. While the name mainly refers to the image rastering process, i.e. processing an image file through a color management routine and then sending it on to the printer, modern RIP Software solutions deliver a host of other functions and features to increase productivity and quality in digital printing applications such as textile printing, wide format printing, fine art reproduction, etc.
Generally, RIP Software can be thought of as production assistants that automate and control many areas of the printing workflow to ensure the best print output in the most efficient and cost effective way possible.
Here at Color Drop DTF, we have the best RIP solution for your digital transfer business.
We sell a complete package so you don't have to work your way to a finished product.