With all of the options available on the market, how do you decide what the best screen printing kit is right for you? Each manufacturer may have their own nomenclature. Whether it is a package, system or kit; each set of equipment is grouped to help start a screen printing business.
First, you need to determine what level of screen printing that you want to get in to. Will you be printing primarily as a hobbyist, a home base business, a small store-front, or as a contract printer? Your answer to this basic question will make a big difference on what type of kit to buy.
A hobbyist can make do with a lot less, as they may never have any real production demands or desire for complex multi-color designs, or large volume printing. Someone looking to start a larger printing business cannot manage without purchasing the essentials for print production. A professional printer will need to have all the equipment necessary to meet the demands of a client, but also leave room to grow as their business increases.
Second, consider what type of printing you want to get into. Screen printing is not limited just to t-shirt or textile printing; you may also want to print posters, signs, specialty items, or any other number of substrates. Some of those items require special attachments or presses. Usually printers get started with t-shirts and textiles as those items are constantly in demand.
Third, think about what kind of space you have. Will you be printing in your basement or garage, or do you have a space you will rent? This could have a large effect on what type of screen printing kit you purchase. You may have professional aspirations, but only have space for hobby level equipment.
Fourth, what is your budget? Screen printing packages can be customized to fit any budget. As mentioned earlier you do need to plan to be able to afford everything you need to get started; including equipment and supplies.
Finally, who are you buying the screen printing kit from? Many people just getting started are looking for cheap or used equipment. Consider buying new equipment because often the company selling it will back it with training and technical support. Purchasing used equipment may be easy on the wallet, but comes with the frustration of needing maintenance and leaving you to find training on your own.
Lawson Screen & Digital Products will have a sales person work with you to help you decide what screen printing kit will work best for you. After the purchase, you get a personal printing coach to help you with any and all imaging questions you may have.
We have been in the industry for over 60 years and have helped thousands get started, and grow, in the screen printing business. Buying equipment from Lawson means that on day one you will have everything you need to get started. We also offer comprehensive training and unparalleled technical support.