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Old March 1st, 2018 Mar 1, 2018 10:17:51 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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Actually, the RI3000 has quite a few updated parts and improvements. They have an all new pump system which allows for better and faster ink flow and a new white ink circulation function which happens every 20 mins. It includes a few other features that escape me at the moment, but I haven't really used the previous AnaJet models, but I am pretty please with the RI3000 so far.
 
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Anajet is now ricoh is work
GTX is cost ink expensive.
I used GT361 is hell.
Now i change dtg digital m2 ithink m4 have conveyor is perfect
 
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Yea I ended up buying 2 Ri 6000s and one thing they upgraded over the previous models is primarily maintenance improvements, higher grade/quality ink lines, easier access maintenance station, and of course the 7” LCD Touch screen that replaced the former push buttons with smaller screen.

I also have to say their service is really good. I read horror stories about Anajet back when I was doing my research but I guess since Ricoh acquired them they were able to increase staff or put more money towards support. They are responsive to emails and very polite. The machines themselves are actually somewhat simple and the maintenance isnt too bad. I was intimidated at first but after doing it I realize how simple it is. Their ink is also relatively cheap too compared to epson and brother, and also they have industrial grade steel printheads made by Ricoh which is good to know as well (not sure if their the same ones from the previous mp10 or not). Ricoh supposively analyzed this thing from the ground up so I am sure they kept a lot of things the same but it would surprise me if a company such as themselves would just slap their name on something without making it more reliable than the previous models which I heard had bad reviews, just my opinion.

I sound like a salesmen but so far just a happy customer. If anything changes I will give an update.
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I purchased my RI3000 after reading a few of these and I too had heard the horror stories about Anajet and the previous models. I am a commercial printer by trade (Full Time Day Job) and I have used Ricoh's production units for quite some time and I knew the company would stand by their unit if I had trouble. And lets just say the first RI-3000 I received required them to step-up and they did. We had problems right out of the box. Luckily I had paid for the onsite training and he was there to say something is not right here. Since it had several issues, The Ricoh tech said as a new owner, you should have to throw parts at it and we will just send you a new machine. They were able to get that working enough to complete most of the onsite training. I received the replacement machine about a week and a half later and it had issues right out of the box, but I was familiar enough with the machine by now to diagnose the issue, talk with the tech and install the parts we needed. It took a couple of tries and parts to completely eliminate the issue, but they gave me a set of inks for the trouble and we have printing every since. I have to agree with the others when I say the ink costs for this unit are cheaper than their competition.

The only thing that I have noticed, and I'm not sure if this is because I am using a MacBook running Parallels to run the AnajetRIP software, but the touch screen becomes unresponsive if you happen to tap it while something is being sent to the printer. I had had to reset the printer a couple of times as a result. Sometimes hitting the manual print button to put it in Advanced Maintenance mode will unlock it, but most of the time I have to power it down to get it working again. As long as I make sure I don't tap the screen while I am ripping something, I don't have that issue.
 
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I purchased my RI3000 after reading a few of these and I too had heard the horror stories about Anajet and the previous models. I am a commercial printer by trade (Full Time Day Job) and I have used Ricoh's production units for quite some time and I knew the company would stand by their unit if I had trouble. And lets just say the first RI-3000 I received required them to step-up and they did. We had problems right out of the box. Luckily I had paid for the onsite training and he was there to say something is not right here. Since it had several issues, The Ricoh tech said as a new owner, you should have to throw parts at it and we will just send you a new machine. They were able to get that working enough to complete most of the onsite training. I received the replacement machine about a week and a half later and it had issues right out of the box, but I was familiar enough with the machine by now to diagnose the issue, talk with the tech and install the parts we needed. It took a couple of tries and parts to completely eliminate the issue, but they gave me a set of inks for the trouble and we have printing every since. I have to agree with the others when I say the ink costs for this unit are cheaper than their competition.

The only thing that I have noticed, and I'm not sure if this is because I am using a MacBook running Parallels to run the AnajetRIP software, but the touch screen becomes unresponsive if you happen to tap it while something is being sent to the printer. I had had to reset the printer a couple of times as a result. Sometimes hitting the manual print button to put it in Advanced Maintenance mode will unlock it, but most of the time I have to power it down to get it working again. As long as I make sure I don't tap the screen while I am ripping something, I don't have that issue.

You are not alone with the screen freezing issue when sending new designs. I actually sent this as an email to one of their anajet techs but never heard back. One thing I would do which might fix it is set the printer up as a network printer. Are you using the usb to connect directly to the printer?

They have a new firmware update coming out which I hope addresses this. One thing I do hate is the white ink slowly sips away if you are not using the printer. THe closed loop auto circulation does waste ink.
 
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I purchased my RI3000 after reading a few of these and I too had heard the horror stories about Anajet and the previous models. I am a commercial printer by trade (Full Time Day Job) and I have used Ricoh's production units for quite some time and I knew the company would stand by their unit if I had trouble. And lets just say the first RI-3000 I received required them to step-up and they did. We had problems right out of the box. Luckily I had paid for the onsite training and he was there to say something is not right here. Since it had several issues, The Ricoh tech said as a new owner, you should have to throw parts at it and we will just send you a new machine. They were able to get that working enough to complete most of the onsite training. I received the replacement machine about a week and a half later and it had issues right out of the box, but I was familiar enough with the machine by now to diagnose the issue, talk with the tech and install the parts we needed. It took a couple of tries and parts to completely eliminate the issue, but they gave me a set of inks for the trouble and we have printing every since. I have to agree with the others when I say the ink costs for this unit are cheaper than their competition.

The only thing that I have noticed, and I'm not sure if this is because I am using a MacBook running Parallels to run the AnajetRIP software, but the touch screen becomes unresponsive if you happen to tap it while something is being sent to the printer. I had had to reset the printer a couple of times as a result. Sometimes hitting the manual print button to put it in Advanced Maintenance mode will unlock it, but most of the time I have to power it down to get it working again. As long as I make sure I don't tap the screen while I am ripping something, I don't have that issue.

You are not alone with the screen freezing issue when sending new designs. I actually sent this as an email to one of their anajet techs but never heard back. One thing I would do which might fix it is set the printer up as a network printer. Are you using the usb to connect directly to the printer?

They have a new firmware update coming out which I hope addresses this. One thing I do hate is the white ink slowly sips away if you are not using the printer. THe closed loop auto circulation does waste ink and it is not recycled..

Have you tried printing any teals or more neon colors? I am curious of your results. I know neon colors such as bright blues will never look like screenprints but mine do not look acceptable one bit. Other than being scared of printing these types of bright colors, I have still been happy so far.
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I am using the usb direct connection at the moment. It will most likely be setup that way for quite some time until I can move it to a more permanent shop location. I haven't tried to print very many bright colors. I have played with the saturation and vibrancy of a few designs and achieved some impressive results, but honestly I have only had it printing at 100% for a couple of weeks and I am still dialing a few things in. Luckily, they included a few pretreated shirts for testing and comparing and while I haven't had much trouble getting the manual pretreat down, I was able to see that I had "dialed back" my pretreat coverage too much after printing a test image on their shirt and one of mine with theirs being was much brighter. I'm an experimenter so I like to figure somethings out for myself and it seems to satisfy my curiosity better and stop all those "I wonder what will happen if I do this?" conversations we all tend to have in our head.

I would have to say though, I'm not sure you could really achieve acceptable neon colors with CMYK. in traditional offset printing, we have had to use spot or highlight colors for brighter designs like that, or avoid using them in designs all together. I have seen pretty convincing metallics reproduces using CMYK however. I'm wondering if that could be done on a DTG printer.

I would like to know if you are using any other brands of pretreatment though? I see a lot of stuff on DTG Mart including pretreatment and ink bags, but I am not confident enough in my unit to start introducing other variables that might cause issues. I was looking at the Firebird brand light and darks and Image Armor. I was wondering if you had tried them or knew if they were compatible with Ricoh Inks?

Any suggestions or resources for additional info would be greatly appreciated.
 
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I am using the usb direct connection at the moment. It will most likely be setup that way for quite some time until I can move it to a more permanent shop location. I haven't tried to print very many bright colors. I have played with the saturation and vibrancy of a few designs and achieved some impressive results, but honestly I have only had it printing at 100% for a couple of weeks and I am still dialing a few things in. Luckily, they included a few pretreated shirts for testing and comparing and while I haven't had much trouble getting the manual pretreat down, I was able to see that I had "dialed back" my pretreat coverage too much after printing a test image on their shirt and one of mine with theirs being was much brighter. I'm an experimenter so I like to figure somethings out for myself and it seems to satisfy my curiosity better and stop all those "I wonder what will happen if I do this?" conversations we all tend to have in our head.

I would have to say though, I'm not sure you could really achieve acceptable neon colors with CMYK. in traditional offset printing, we have had to use spot or highlight colors for brighter designs like that, or avoid using them in designs all together. I have seen pretty convincing metallics reproduces using CMYK however. I'm wondering if that could be done on a DTG printer.

I would like to know if you are using any other brands of pretreatment though? I see a lot of stuff on DTG Mart including pretreatment and ink bags, but I am not confident enough in my unit to start introducing other variables that might cause issues. I was looking at the Firebird brand light and darks and Image Armor. I was wondering if you had tried them or knew if they were compatible with Ricoh Inks?

Any suggestions or resources for additional info would be greatly appreciated.
So yea I have tried the Image Amour Dark, Light, and Ultra. I liked the Dark the best vs the ultra and powerbright. Everyone seems to recommend the Ultra because it is newer but I will say that it seemed to require dialing the pretreat settings down (which could be fine tuned with testing like you said) since its more concentrated and it also seemed to leave the pretreatment box more than the IA dark. The IA dark just worked great from the start. The only time i used the IA light was for a light polyester shirt and I can say that it was needed as I did it with and without the pretreatment and without it allowed the ink to dull out a bit and if you werent quick spread on the edges of the image. The powerbright does seem to work well though but the pretreatment box does seem to happen on some shirts if too much pressure is applied, there is also not a lot of information/resources on this product unlike that of Image Armour. Overall, after I use up this powerbright I will probably switch over to the Image Armour Dark since that had the best results and washability.
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Thank you sir. I will give it a try. I have heard Image Armor mentioned a few times so why not go with the common choice? I do appreciate it!
 
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Thank you sir. I will give it a try. I have heard Image Armor mentioned a few times so why not go with the common choice? I do appreciate it!
Yea I agree. For me it was just down to if the ultra was better than the dark and from my testing the dark won. Id love to hear other peoples opinions though but this anajet thread doesnt get to much attention.
 
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I am about to jump in the boat and purchase the 3000. Can I ask where you are finding after market ink? Does it nullify the warranty? And do you recommend purchasing the tutorial?
 
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Hi I am about to purchase a 3000 and wondered where you are getting your supplies?
 
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It depends on which supplies you are referring to but I still get my ink from Anajet directly, especially since the recent price reduction makes them pretty comparable to third party inks. I use Firebird pretreatment and I get that and silicon coated paper from garmentprinterink.com. I hope that helps. Welcome.
 
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I am about to jump in the boat and purchase the 3000. Can I ask where you are finding after market ink? Does it nullify the warranty? And do you recommend purchasing the tutorial?
I personally recommend getting the training if you are not a DIYer type. For me, the training came in handy because I had trouble with the unit right out of the box. Both units as a matter of fact and having a trainer there eliminated any potential user error issue that could have been raised when we had to get tech support on the line. They will set the machine up, teach you the maintenance, and how to pretreat your shirts. If you like to do the homework and research, I would say don't get the training. I found the techniques I was taught for pretreating were not the best way to do it compared to some of the others I have learned and the new printing results speak for themselves.
 
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Hi, I saw GTX in action and its really fast, also brother has change the printhead, compared with the previous models, now it has 2 bigger printheads (one for cmyk one for withe) before, like anajet mp10, 5 printheads but different brand.
For my point of wiew(and anajet tech) ricoh3000 or 6000 is the same old machine (mp5i-mp10i) with a touch screen and upgraded software. thats it.
Any idea how much the ink carts cost.? are they only 200ml in the Ricoh ?
 






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