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Old May 19th, 2008 May 19, 2008 6:45:56 AM -   #31 (permalink)
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I agree with BobbieLee about flushing the white ink lines. If you were going to do this on a regular basis, then I would probably suggest staying away from white ink all together. Most of the printers can be run in some type of all color mode (Dual CMYK, CMYK Only,...). Flushing and refilling the lines is going to be expensive!
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Did you already have a business up and running before you added DTG? I guess I'm worried about getting started and getting enough orders that I won't be idle for several days at a time.

Since I understand nearly nothing about this printer...would it be acceptable to run the 4 colors, and only run a single white (leaving the other 3 trays empty)? The extra time involved would not cause a problem in the beginning.
 
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You can't run a single channel of white ink and get enough coverage down to block the color of the fabric. You would be much better off going with just a CMYK (or Dual CMYK) setup in the beginning. This will allow you to learn the printer, understand how to use your graphic software and know how to sell dtg printed shirts before you go down the track of using white ink. Just IMHO advice.

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Old May 20th, 2008 May 20, 2008 11:12:47 AM -   #34 (permalink)
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Got it. That means no black shirts for awhile then, right?
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I totally agree with Mark here, when I bought my machine I had already had my business running for about a year and had a good customer base. I dont know that I would buy a machine I have to learn and try to build my business at the same time. Well at least not running white ink because that is a whole other learning issue besides just learning the machine. You would probably be smart to start off with dual cmyk while building your customer base, Once you get that going good then start to venture into white ink printing.
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I saw this machine at the Long Beach ISS Show. I believe the manufacturer or master distributor for the machine is out of CA. If I remember correctly, it is based of an R1800 Epson printer and uses ink in the cartridges (not in refillable bottles). I think the cartridge ink is something that will help minimize the amount of problems since you don't have the opportunity to introduce ink containments into the lines or the head.

The one thing I did not really care for is that the entire printer section is enclosed except where the shirt goes in. If you talk to people that own other dtg printers, they will tell you that you can build up lint and dust inside the machine that can get on the encoder strip or wheel / disk. Alot of the machines out there have a front and back holes that help prevent this build up. The Brother machines is also like this, but for some reason it is not as big of a deal for that machine and I am not sure why. It might be that it is a machine that was built from scratch and not from an Epson printer. Just something to consider.

If you would like to communicate with someone that has one of these machines, send me a PM and I will tell you have to get in contact with them. Best wishes with your research.

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Just read your post and am in the market for a DTG...researching Anajet...would really like to communicate with someone other than a "salesman."
 
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I saw this machine at the Long Beach ISS Show. I believe the manufacturer or master distributor for the machine is out of CA. If I remember correctly, it is based of an R1800 Epson printer and uses ink in the cartridges (not in refillable bottles). I think the cartridge ink is something that will help minimize the amount of problems since you don't have the opportunity to introduce ink containments into the lines or the head.

The one thing I did not really care for is that the entire printer section is enclosed except where the shirt goes in. If you talk to people that own other dtg printers, they will tell you that you can build up lint and dust inside the machine that can get on the encoder strip or wheel / disk. Alot of the machines out there have a front and back holes that help prevent this build up. The Brother machines is also like this, but for some reason it is not as big of a deal for that machine and I am not sure why. It might be that it is a machine that was built from scratch and not from an Epson printer. Just something to consider.

If you would like to communicate with someone that has one of these machines, send me a PM and I will tell you have to get in contact with them. Best wishes with your research.

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Am close to purchasing a DTG printer. Anajet seems the best. Any suggested questions to ask?
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Welcome to the forum Laker. I would start by comparing ink prices. I think you will be very surprised with the difference between cartridges and bulk systems.
 
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Laker, I would get to know the distributor and get a hands-on Demo. Bring some files and some shirts that might be representative of what you wish to print. Make sure you are confortable with the person that you'll be dealing with. Talk with them about your business plans and what they offer as far as training and support. Discus your expectations of the product. Take your samples, wash them and show them to potential customers. Dig through the forums, You'll come up with all kinds of questions and you'll make yourself aware of pitfalls and problems the newbies come up against.
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I was told by the "salesperson" at Anajet that the problem with most DTG printers is that they are based on an Epson injet and that the advantage to theirs was that it was developed from "the ground up as a garment printer." Is he BSing me?

He sent me the names and numbers of some people who use the machine. I've managed to get in touch with one, and she LOOOOOVED it. I'd love to get in touch with people who were not suggested by the manufacturer.

Thanks so much
 
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Yeaaahhhh!!! An unsolicited testimonial. Thanks so much for the input.
 
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We have been calibrating to the AnaJet. Seems the highest quality in terms of rich, saturated colors.

Looking for a thing called an ICC profile... for calibrating on-screen previews to prints

Anyone have such a thing?
 
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I was told by the "salesperson" at Anajet that the problem with most DTG printers is that they are based on an Epson injet and that the advantage to theirs was that it was developed from "the ground up as a garment printer." Is he BSing me?

Thanks so much

The Anajet uses the Epson R1800 print engine assembly.

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Yep Harry is right, it is also a epson based printer So yes the sales person was not being honest there
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I was told by the "salesperson" at Anajet that the problem with most DTG printers is that they are based on an Epson injet and that the advantage to theirs was that it was developed from "the ground up as a garment printer." Is he BSing me?

He sent me the names and numbers of some people who use the machine. I've managed to get in touch with one, and she LOOOOOVED it. I'd love to get in touch with people who were not suggested by the manufacturer.

Thanks so much
It is BS, if those were the exact words. I know that before I bought My Anajet many of the printers out there just used the epson drivers and the only difference in the DTGs and the Epson natives were the Tansport and platen for the shirts. From where I stood, the extras... the platen, enclosure, the cartridges and the software made it seem to me that they went the extra mile on constructing a better printer. I'm no engineer, so I could not vouch for the "ground-up" statement. I can say it's a great machine, and the technical people I've delt with have always been very up front. I don't alway agree with how some "sales " people are. Arm your-self with good technical questions, and make them sell the results, that way they'll have no choice but to be honest
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