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Cost To Start Screen Printing Checklist by screenprintingdog.com
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Pre-Printing EquipmentCostMinimum Cost to StartMaximum Cost to Start
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Design software
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• CorelDraw$600$600
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• Adobe subscription (monthly)$50$50
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Printer Canon PIXMA (inkjet)$100$100$100
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Transparency films or Vellum
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• Inkjet Transparency Paper (30 Pack)$25$25$25
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• Laser Jet Printers (100 Sheets)$14
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• Laser Vellum (50 Sheets)$14
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Screen printing Frames and Screens
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• Natural Wood Frames (3 pack)$13$13
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• Aluminum Frames (3 pack)$70$70
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Emulsion
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• Speedball (Water-based)$28
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• Ulano (Plastisol) (quart)$23$23$23
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Emulsion Scoop coater - 12 inch$16$16$16
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Drying racks$70$70$70
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Exposure unit
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• Commercial unit$200$200
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• DIY Method (incl. 500W lamp)$30$30
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Closet or Box (Optional)FREEFREEFREE
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UV-safe light bulbs (pack of 2)$12$12$12
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T-square (Optional)$20$20
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Printing EquipmentCostMinimum Cost to StartMaximum Cost to Start
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Screen printing Press
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• 1-color 1-station$100$100
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• DIY 1 color (incl. $22 clamps)$40$40
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• 4-color 1-station$200$200
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• DIY 4 color - 1 station$100$100
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Inks
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• Plastisol inks$120$120$120
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• Water-based inks$30
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Squeegee (2 pack)$15$15$15
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Squeegee holder$25$25$25
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Gildan T-shirts (12 Pack)$30$30$30
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Test pellons (50 pieces)$20$20$20
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Spray adhesive$11$11$11
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Block-out tape/ screen printing tape$12$12$12
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Flash cure unit
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• 16”x16” 1600W Flash Dryer$250$250
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• DIY 500W halogen lamp exposure unit$30$30
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Post-Press EquipmentCostMinimum Cost to StartMaximum Cost to Start
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Curing element
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• Heat gun$30$30$30
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• Temperature gun$25$25$25
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Degreaser (quart)$14$14$14
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Dehazer (quart)$17$17$17
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Emulsion remover (8 ounce)$10$10$10
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Washout booth
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• Commercial$800$800
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• DIY washout booth$100
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• Pressure hose nozzle$20$20
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Dip Tank (optional)$200$200
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Subtotal$858$3,015
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Miscellaneous20%20%20%
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Total1,029.603,618.00