One of the questions I see asked most often on sublimation forums is this one: what is an inexpensive way to get into sublimation. Generally people who ask this question are considering adding sublimation to their existing businesses, or want to try it out as a hobby and see if they can build it into a business. They don’t want to spend a ton of money on equipment, but they would like to get a good system that will allow them to easily create top quality sublimated goods.
When we get asked the question about how to get into sublimation for a relatively modest initial investment, I generally recommend one of two sublimation packages. Both of these packages include a printer, a full set of ink, a pack of paper and a USB cable. This is everything that is necessary to print sublimation transfers. The only additional items needed would be some soft of software program for printing and creating graphics, a heat press and sublimation blanks. Once you have those items, you would be ready to start sublimating.
The first package I often recommend is the QuickStartR Package. This is probably our most popular sublimation package. The printer included in this package is a Ricoh GX e3300N, which is a great basic sublimation printer. It prints up to 8 1/2 x 14 sheets and prints up to 144 color prints an hour. These printers are relatively forgiving and tend to have less clogging issues than other sublimation printers on the market. The sale price for the QuickStartR package is $399.99.
The second package is the Epson WF1100 Package. The printer included in this package is an Epson Workforce 1100 printer, which can be fitted with a bulk system, which is included in the package. This printer allows you to print 13 x 19 prints out of the box, without the need for an additional bypass tray. If you think you will be sublimating larger items, this printer would be a good match to your needs. In addition to the bulk system, this package also comes with two packs of paper. This package retails for $749.00.
We believe our packages will suit the needs of the majority of our customers, but we know that we could never develop a one size fits every situation package. That’s why, in addition to our packages, we also offer the “Your Way” discount. If you purchase ANY items from at least 4 of the 5 Sublimation categories, we will manually apply a 5% Package Discount to ALL the sublimation or Chromablast related items, supplies, and accessories on your ENTIRE order. Spend over $2000, and the discount increases to 10%! So, the more you buy, the more money you save.
Our goal is always to save you money while outfitting you with the system and supplies that will suit your business best. If you have any questions about what system is right for you, or if you would like assistance in designing your own package, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to assist you.