Typically, you can purchase a 44-inch printer system for about $7,000 to $9,000. Some other costs involved could be a large-format heat press, but note that not all wide-format printing needs a large-format heat press. If you do need a large-format heat press, expect to spend between $10,000 to $20,000 depending on your needs, bringing that investment up to $30,000 to fully get into wide-format sublimation.
A different way to make this type of large investment is leasing the equipment. If your credit is pretty good on a standard 60-month term lease with a $1 buyout, you would need to come up with about $500 to $700 per month. Many companies with wide-format capabilities have proved that making $700 a month in profit with sublimation printing is well within reach.
—MontCo Consulting, 2 Regular Guys