Buying a wide format CIJ (continuous inkjet printer) is an enormous investment. It’s the type of investment that requires extensive research and expert advice before committing your money to any model or brand. They produce exceptional prints across a range of materials using aqueous or water-based inks.
Before buying one of these, it’s imperative that you take certain factors into consideration. For instance, you have to make a choice on whether you will be using pigment or dye-based ink before you start shopping. Most of these printers are built in a manner that you can only use one type. Thus, the importance of making the right decisions starts from the onset even before you start shopping. Below are some of the other most important factors you need to consider.
Your purchase decision should be based on and guided by your objectives. Ask yourself the type of prints you will be producing and the largest size that you may need. If your business entails printing banners and posters for long-term outdoor or indoor display, your choice may be different from someone whose work entails printing high-quality drawings and CAD plans.
Dye-based inks are ideal for posters and CAD drawings whereas Graphics are best suited by pigment-based inks. You also have to consider the type of media you will be printing on and how much it weighs. This will help you determine which models have a motor capable of handling such weight.
It’s advisable that you consider buying a printer that’s cost-effective with regard to print times and media. As such a larger model that can print two-wide or more images at a go is more economical as long as you can find the print media wide enough to fit all the images. For instance, suppose you want to print graphics for benches that measure twenty-four inches in length.
Purchasing a forty-two-inch printer would be less economical than buying a fifty-inch model. That is because, with the fifty-inch model, you can print two-wide copies with each print. It’s not only cost-effective but you will take less time and incur minimal waste. On the other hand, if only a small percentage of your work requires large printouts, it can be more cost-effective to buy a smaller sized model and outsource the large prints when needed.
Also, with regard to size, it’s also important to consider the amount of space available in your work area. The printer you buy should fit effortlessly in that space and leave enough room for loading and unloading media or when servicing and maintenance work needs to be done.