If you are a student at the Ravensbourne higher education college the answer to that question would be an emphatic yes. Ravensbourne’s students have access to 3D printers which they use for making rapid prototypes of their designs. Printing can take a while and often the machines are left to run overnight. But it is quicker than traditional methods and making a change is easier because it requires only a tweak to a computer model rather than, say, re-tooling a machine.
Top class printers seem to fall in price even as they deliver more features such as scanning and copying. The HP 2050 offers reliable and affordable printing, scanning and copying with this stylish all-in-one. Ideal for printing everyday documents, this compact device is simple to set up and use and designed to help you reduce your environmental impact. Although designed for home users the HP is no slouch at delivering with a print speed black in draft, A4 up to 20 ppm, colour, draft, A4 up to 16 ppm, black, which is laser comparable up to 5.5 ppm, laser comparable colour up to 4 ppm and draft 10×4 photo in as little as 60 seconds. The exact speeds may vary which will depend upon the system configuration, software program and document complexity. Printing, scanning and copying are yours with this HP at the touch of a button.
Multifunction printers are a fraction of the cost that they were just a few years ago and no longer do replacing ink cartridges cost the earth. An example is the Epson range which by using four individual ink cartridges you need only replace the colour used, making this an all-round, affordable device.The Epson Stylus SX125 is a very affordable multifunction machine that is ideal for students and home use, it is compact, cost-effective and prints, scans and copies making it perfect for scanning college work, printing reports or copying recipes. For photo processing work the Epson is no slouch, this model will remove red eye from photos, restore colour and correct backlight on faded or old scanned photos, improving and perfecting the quality of your prints with the Easy Photo Fix function and Easy Photo Print software.
If you’re looking at starting out in t shirt printing then your best option is to look for a heat press. They can start at very low prices but that will only get you a budget heat press around £500 will get you a Pelican Purple Press 1515HP which will have an 15”x15” area of print press.If you have a little bit more to spend then £800 should see you with a Pelican Purple 4 in 1. This heat press can be used for printing on mugs and China plates to t shirts and caps. This 4-1 press also has a very small footprint.Been able to use a heat press is a great start into the world of t shirt printing and corporate merchandise. You could even come up with your own design and start selling your items on eBay or locally at carboot sales.
At Techlounge we tend to stick to the smaller gadgets and maybe pocket sized devices but the Brother GT-782 Direct to Garment Inkjet Printer caught our eye, and we thought that it would be great to have in the office so that you could make some cool t-shirts whenever you like. The only problem with this machine is that it’s huge and costs $55,000 so it wouldn’t be a small purchase but a wise investment for a t-shirt printing company.
Last year we reviewed the Polaroid PoGo printer, which can instantly print your pictures from a camera or mobile phone; Polaroid has gone one better and unveiled a camera and printer all-in-one. The Polaroid PoGo digital camera has a 5 megapixel sensor and 3 inch colour LCD combined with the PoGo inkless printer.The device is capable of printing your chosen picture in less than 60 seconds onto 2 x 3 inch self-adhesive sheets. The self-adhesive sheets are smudge proof, water-resistant and tear-proof and because they employ Polaroid’s zero ink technology (ZINK), there is no mess.The camera has an SD card slot for expandable memory and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so you don’t have to carry spare batteries with you. Because the pictures are also stored on the memory card, you can use it like a standard digital camera and plug it into your computer for bigger prints.The integrated printer is capable of holding ten self-adhesive sheets at a time and can print up to 20 sheets from a single battery charge. The Polaroid PoGo digital camera is ideal for people who are constantly on the move and who want to share their pictures.The Polaroid PoGo Instant Digital Camera is due to hit the shelves in the US this month for around $199 and will be available in the UK at a later date.
With the Polaroid PoGo Instant Photo Printer you can easily and affordably print your pictures wherever you go. The Polaroid PoGo is lightweight and small, only about the size of a mobile phone and prints 2 inch by 3 inch photos directly onto self-adhesive sheets that use Polaroid’s Zero Ink printing technology.