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In the previous article, ‘Become a Sticker Maker Part 1: Equipment and Expertise Needed to Thrive,’ we explored the essential equipment and expertise needed to succeed as a sticker maker, highlighting the growing demand for personalized stickers in various industries. With the rise of businesses specializing in custom-printed stickers, understanding the right tools and techniques is crucial for success. Now, in Part 2 of the ‘Become a Sticker Maker’ series, we delve deeper into the specifics of the equipment you’ll need, focusing on printers and cutters. 

Choosing the right printer is a cornerstone of sticker production. The variety of available options can be overwhelming, but selecting the best printer for your needs will set the foundation for producing high-quality stickers that stand out. In this blog, we will cover the different types of printers, cutters, and printer-cutter combinations commonly used in the industry. By understanding the strengths and limitations of each, you can choose the one that best meets your production requirements and budget. 

What to Consider Before Buying Sticker Printing Machines 

The better the printer, the better the stickers you will produce. When selecting a cutter for printing and cutting stickers, there are several universal factors to consider. First, consider the print speed and the size of the cutter’s workspace to match your production needs efficiently. Next, ensure the cutter offers high print resolution for sharp, clear images. Additionally, pay attention to the ease of use of the equipment. Don’t forget to select machines that are compatible with the materials you plan to print on. Properly matching your printer to your specific requirements will help you achieve the best results. 


Print Workspace and Speed 

If you plan to print large quantities of stickers or oversized stickers or decals, it’s worth selecting a printer with a larger workspace and higher print speed. A printer with these features will handle the demands of bulk printing more efficiently, saving you time and effort. Investing in a high-capacity cutter ensures better performance and quality for your sticker printing projects. 

Print Quality: Essential for Professional Results 

Choose a printer that offers high print resolution and precise color reproduction. This will ensure that your prints are sharp, vibrant, and true to your customer’s designs. Opting for a high-quality cutter guarantees professional results for all your printing needs and ensures that your clients will be satisfied with the quality and durability of the stickers printed in your company. 


Streamline Your Printing Process with Easy-to-Use Devices

If you lack experience in printing stickers, it’s worth choosing a printer that is easy to use and has an intuitive user interface. Look for features such as straightforward controls and clear instructions to make the learning process smoother. Additionally, consider a model with reliable customer support and comprehensive tutorials. With the right equipment, you’ll be able to produce high-quality stickers with ease, even as a beginner. 

Printer and Material Compatibility 

Some printers may be limited to printing on specific types of materials, such as adhesive vinyl or other substrates. Ensure that the printer you choose is compatible with the materials you plan to use for producing stickers for your customers. This compatibility is crucial for achieving the best print quality and durability. Research the cutter’s specifications and supported materials thoroughly before making a decision. By selecting the right cutter, you can ensure seamless printing and high-quality sticker results. 


Separate Printer and Cutter vs. Printer with Cutter: The Best Option for Printing Stickers 

Choosing between a printer with an integrated cutter and having separate devices (a standalone printer and a standalone cutter) depends on your company’s specific needs and circumstances. There is no universal answer to which option is better, as one method can significantly speed up work in some companies while potentially slowing it down in others. The main factor in deciding which option will be best for your business is analyzing the volume of orders you most frequently handle. 

Separate Printer and Cutter 

Separate printers and cutters are most commonly chosen by sticker makers that primarily handle high volumes of orders. They opt for this setup because in this case having two separate machines allows for doubling the speed of sticker production. This setup enables simultaneous cutting of stickers on the cutter while printing the next batch on the separate printer. 

This method also helps avoid situations where prints are cut too early and their ink is smudged by the rollers holding the sheet in the cutter, ruining the printed stickers and leading to a complete restart of the production process. By printing on a separate device, you can ensure that the stickers are sufficiently dry before cutting, preventing damage during the cutting process. This separation of tasks improves the quality and reliability of the final product, reducing waste and increasing overall efficiency. 

Printer with Cutter 

Printers with integrated cutters are ideal for smaller print runs, where transferring each sheet of stickers from one machine to another would be too time-consuming. In such cases, the printer with the cutter prints and cuts each order immediately, delivering a finished product without the need to transfer sheets and start the cutting process on a separate device. This streamlines the workflow and saves time, making it a more efficient option for handling smaller volumes of sticker production.  

Additionally, this solution saves space in the company by eliminating the need for multiple pieces of equipment. It is often more economical than purchasing two separate devices. Furthermore, it simplifies operation with a single interface and potentially easier setup. This streamlined approach can reduce overhead costs and enhance efficiency, making it an attractive option for businesses with limited space and budget. 

If you sell personalized stickers and use software that allows your customers to create designs and place orders, consider planning ahead to automate the printing process. Sticker Builder can integrate with all printing and cutting machines and deliver ready-to-print files directly into the workflow of your printing machines.