Whether you already own a heat press or you’re still deciding if this technology is right for you, it is important to consider the type of business you have and what your needs will be.
Hotronix Heat Presses are made in the USA.
You can start a full heat printing business with just a heat press.
You can cut pressure sensitive twill and transfer paper on your vinyl cutter with an optic eye.
Just heat printing?
If you’re just looking to buy some transfers and create T-shirts, all you need is a heat press. A low-cost investment, this portable, easy-to-use equipment is the perfect way to get started in your own turnkey business with no overhead and minimal costs.
Benefits of owning a heat press:
The easiest way to get started in the T-shirt printing business, owning your own heat press allows for quick and easy personalization and customization.
Doing it yourself?
Ready to take the next step and cut on-demand? Use heat transfer material rolls and a vinyl cutter to create and sell your own designs. Affordable and easy to learn, vinyl cutters take up little workspace and can even be operated from your own home.
Benefits of owning a vinyl cutter:
Owning your own cutter allows you to operate at a lower cost, making even single-piece jobs profitable, and allows you to control your own delivery times.
Looking to add multi-color capability? With a print/cut system you can print full color logos on demand – even on dark apparel and performance wear. Print/cut systems offer a great alternative for printing designs that are too complex for screen printing and embroidery.
With the ability to print and cut for apparel and non-apparel using the same equipment, you can cut heat transfer materials and sign vinyl quickly and easily. There are high start-up costs associated with print/cut systems.
Here in CA it is saturated.
My friend bought a simple screen printing machine some time ago and has not made back his investment.
The problem is, actual screen printing shops have the more sophisticated presses and can work in volume better than a little guy, so even if you get a few small sample orders once they go to full production they probably will not need your services.
Plus the most savvy shirt makers source their screen printers on the internet, and I'm not just talking about Cafe Press--when my bro needed cool promo t-shirts he found a printer that could do gold metallic and used American Apparel t's in really cool cuts that were super popular among his indie fans