Well, other than artwork and maybe shipping of garments to you your cost is constant. It just depends on how much you want to make an hour.
These will be Hybrids DTG over screen printed base. At least $4.00 profit in there, but you need an $100,000 machine to do it.I just outsourced a job for 125 shirts full back and a pocket print on the front for 6.50 per shirt and the company provided the shirt.
Well, they are not telling you about the print head either, because these are considered repair parts and not maintenance parts.They don't tell you certain things when you buy the machine. One is the capping station needs to be replaced yearly. That is 600.00.
The only way it will last 3 years is if you have it in storage mode. Print heads not used regularly will clog and will require replacement sooner. If used regularly, print heads should last for 15 to 20 thousand prints.The printhead is 1200 dollars and depending on use could last you up to three years. I have heard of some lasting that long. I usually have to change one every year and a half or so. That is with no problems of clogging or anything else.
You have now. It's not new, and they can print full size dark color shirts in 30 seconds. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4OMhIc6GkwInteresting, I have never heard of a Hybird type print.
I do the same, and mine are P800 conversions. I do fill the lines with solution every Friday (just to be safe), and I also save the ink by pouring it back in the bottle. Not a single clog in 2 years. One of my print heads failed this year after around 15,000 prints. The other 3 are still OK but I'm expecting them to fail soon.I use my printhead everyday, but your right, they don't last three years. I have heard of it but it is rare.
I have never had a clog in seven year's. I use my machine everyday. Except weekends.
I only DTG cheap multi-color t-shirts. The good stuff gets screen-printed. DTG cannot do glitter, and many more things screen printing can do.I am a realist. If it were me and like I said, if I had a good business without a DTG then I would stick with that.
They are a hassle.