How much does it cost to build a printing app?

Standard price for a printing app: $37,500

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What is a printing app?

A printing app is a web or mobile application that enables users to print documents. Printing apps usually provide a list of the previously viewed documents, enable users to select one or more documents for printing, and present an interface for configuring the output settings for each document. The app may also include a dashboard that provides administrators with information about the number of print jobs completed and how long it took to complete them.

Printing apps are often related to other self-publishing apps like photo editing apps, magazine publishing apps, and blogging apps. Popular printing applications include Google Cloud Print, HP Print for PC, and HP ePrint.

Here are some recent printing app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • The app would need to interface with either a Xerox Workcentre 6515dni or the Brother L3710cdw multi-function printer.

  • A company that services pharmaceutical machines needs a mobile app to print new stickers for its clients machines. The app can be downloaded from the company's website, or installed on a client's phone. It is currently in development. There are no plans to make it available to everyone.

What is the typical cost to build a printing app?

A printing app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A printing app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent printing app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $40,000

  • $2,250

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a printing app?

A printing app usually takes 282 hours to build. However, a printing app can be built in as few as 27 hours, or in as many as 667 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent printing apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 533

  • 30

How to successfully grow your printing application

A printing app needs to demonstrate its value right away by offering users a great user experience for printing documents easily. It should also indicate that it is easier than other alternatives for printing documents, such as going to an office supply store or using the printer at work. Printing apps can also grow by making it easier to print more complex items, such as 3D objects or smart posters that change content based on time and location.

Risks and challenges of building a printing application

Printing apps face a variety of risks related to intellectual property, physical property, and privacy. A printing app can risk infringing on the copyrights or trademarks of third parties by using their content without permission, or it can risk liability for copyright infringement when it prints copyrighted material from its users. It is strongly recommended that printing apps include mechanisms for taking orders from users and facilitating the acquisition of third-party licenses for copyrighted works. A printing app can also risk physical harm to people or property if it does not take adequate safety precautions (such as alerting users to dangerous conditions) and/or fails at providing adequate instructions to aid users in assembling their projects. A printing app may also risk legal liability if it fails to comply with local regulations regarding products that could pose a safety hazard (such as toys).

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