Need recommendations for a unique printer use

Discussion in 'Océ Digital Presses' started by Addison Shockley, May 16, 2023.

  1. Addison Shockley

    Addison Shockley New Member

    May 2023
    Lawrence, KS

    My name is Addison and I run Ready for Good Furnishings, a nonprofit furniture store. We get a lot of miscellaneous items on truckloads, items that come in cardboard boxes of all sizes. We want a printer that can do the following:

    (By the way, we can get a grant to cover the cost of the printer, so cost is not an issue upfront. Ongoing cost of maintenance is: so we'd prefer a printer that's relatively cheaper to run across time - for ink, toner, paper, whatever - and even if initial cost to purchase the machine is very high, that's ok).

    -Required: can print numerous sizes (ranging from small to large, say, 8.5x11 on the small end, to 36" wide on the large end). Might be able to get by with a smaller, 24" wide printer on the "large end", but 36" is probably ideal for the largest size we'd want to print
    -Optional but preferrd: can print from a smartphone, like an Android or iPhone
    -Optional but preferred: has vertical and horizontal cutters automatically built-in

    Note: we aren't going to be printing really fancy photos. We will be printing photos of sizes like 1.4 megapixels, pulled from the internet, because we'll be stock photo from websites where our items are being sold online. (By the way, these photos are going to be downloaded in .webp format, and I'm wondering if these printers can print .webp format photos or if I'll have to convert them to .jpeg or something first).

    Also, as a final side note, the plan is to get adhesive bond paper, so we can just stick the photos to the boxes and not have to get tape and tape them on. Maybe that's overkill, but it would save us time. I realize that paper is much more expensive, so it may be cost-prohibitive, but we may be able to get grant funding to cover the paper over time too, and ink / toner. We'll see.

    The idea is to sell things in box that don't match our furniture store vibe, and to print stock photos and paste them onto the boxes. Set these items on shelves in our store. People buy things with pictures on the box, but not usually cardboard boxes without pictures and just worded descriptions.