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Printing machines come in a large range of varieties and each produces slightly different results. The main consideration you will have to make is the type of material onto which you intend to print. Although certain parts may need replacing from time to time such as the ink cartridges, most machines last for a long time. Of course, this depends somewhat on the make or manufacturer but it is certainly possible to find a secondhand printing machine in good condition.
The form of printing machine with which most of us are familiar with is the common paper printer. These are used most typically to print off black and white documents both at home and in the office. Today most people will opt for a colour printer and may use it print out posters and even photographs. The main choices when it comes to cheap printers is whether to go for an Inkjet or a laser printer. Inkjets are generally cheaper, whilst laser machines are often faster and produce higher quality results. A4 is the standard size, but for large sized documents including architect's drawings, you will need an A3 printer or larger. You could also opt for a multifunctional printer, which has a scanner, copier and fax machine included.
T-Shirt Printing and Vinyl Printers
T-shirt printing is becoming an increasingly popular trend, largely due to the availability of cheap and secondhand printing machines. Simple heat transfers can be done using an inkjet printer and an iron. For results of a higher quality, vinyl printing machines are an alternative option. These use a blade to cut out the design and are able to create defined lines and bold, layered colours.Screen Printing
Silkscreen printing machines offer a hands-on and artistic way to place a transfer onto a garment or piece of material, such as a canvas, paper or wood. The machine is used to expose the design onto the screen, and then ink is forced through the mesh and onto the chosen material. Prints can be layered and incorporate different colours to create detailed and attractive designs.
Printing machines make useful tools both in the home and in the workplace. They are fast, efficient and eliminate the need to outsource your printing requirements. Check your local classifieds to find a high-quality new or used printing machine.