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[MOD-1 DTG] How much is the Mod1?

 
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Old May 13th, 2010 May 13, 2010 2:33:01 PM -   #16 (permalink)
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

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Can I send mine back for the sticker upgrade? Pretty fancy....

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Sure, send it in....

j/k I'll put them in the mail tomorrow.
 
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Old June 17th, 2010 Jun 17, 2010 7:33:37 PM -   #17 (permalink)
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I'll tell you what is in our system, then you can compare that to the others you are looking at. I don't know how their machines are configured.

1. Epson 1800/1900, so the quality of print is excellent.

2. Rapid auto 2nd pass. This feature allows you to print your first layer and as soon as the last pixel is printed, it reverses automatically and repositions the second layer and prints again. This reduces the print time for darks quite a bit. It's designed for quick production.

3. PrintsRite ink system. Degassed, filtered, bagged ink. Since these factors are a constant, you will get proper jetting of the nozzles consistently. Since the jets do not misfire, the quality of print is increased.

4. Ball indexing system on the platen. This allows you to remove the platen and place another one on in mere seconds. If you are in a production environment, you would load a shirt on a separate platen and as soon as the printed garment exits the machine, grab it while it's still in motion and swap the platens out. Then hit the green button on the Y axis and it goes back in. When timed right, your platen will be in continual motion.

5. Ball indexing system on the printer. If the printer needs replaced for any reason, it can be UPS'd. The printer module can be removed from the machine in less than a minute. It weighs 40 pounds and has 2 handles. One person can easily handle it. Putting the printer back on drops onto the ball indexing system and it goes back into place.

6. Mod Queue Manager. This is pretty much the control for the brains of the entire system. There are features built into this that allow you to save shirts. I just printed 31 shirts for someone, front and back with white ink with 0 misprints. The Mod Queue Manager will help assist you from wasting most prints that could go wrong for whatever reason. You can export jobs you do a lot of and import into the MQM instead of the RIP. This allows you to instantly print. With the MQM, it helps maintenance be reduced to 5 minutes a day. Other features that are added simply get added through this program. It is software based, so you don't have to control anything on the printer, it's all done through the MQM.

7. With open sides, it's extremely easy to print sweatshirts. There's extra room you don't have to try to crunch the garment down. With the tuc and loc system, you simply tuck your garment in instead of hooping.

8. When you raise and lower the printer for different heights of printable objects, the bagged ink raises with the printer. There is never a level change due to lowering or raising the ink, it's always at the right height.

9. Smooth Sync Technology was created by Belquette and is integrated into the system. There is no jerking motion, but a smooth flow of movement of the platen. This gives a more accurate and crisp print.

10. We use high quality dampers instead of cartridges. I believe most printers do now days, but with the dampers, there is definitely an improvement of ink flow and consistency of print.

11. Upgradeable to the Mod2. On these forums, in the Belquette system, you will find a video of the Mod2 printing. Every mod1 is upgradeable to a Mod2 when it becomes available later this year. The video shows the Mod2 printing a 9x9 image (I believe), in a little over a minute. At about 1 minute and 18 seconds there is enough room to remove the exiting platen and place another one on and press the green start button.

12. The ink bags are clear and you will use all the ink. Pop off the bag and place another one on in seconds, even while printing if needed. The white ink will settle just like the rest, but with the bags, you can easily pick it up and shake it without worrying about oxygen being integrated into the ink. We do plan on reimplementing our circulating system we took off 2 years ago, but it's not on the current configuration. It's not a necessity, but it will stop the white ink from separating and is a good idea to put it back on. This will be also later this year.

As for pricing, it is changing here within the next week and a half. For pricing information, PM me and we can discuss that further.

I'm sure there are more points, but it's late and I'm not entirely sure I'm thinking clearly.
When's you next show? on the West Coast?

Long Beach August 12–14?

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Old June 18th, 2010 Jun 18, 2010 3:06:48 AM -   #18 (permalink)
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

Hey Matt, the funny thing is, I just pulled out your business card 2 days ago! I didn't look to see whose name it was, but I assume it was yours. It was when we were in Long Beach.

The next show we are at will be SGIA, Oct. 13-15 in Las Vegas. Not sure of the ISS schedule yet, but I'll let you know.
 
 
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

Matt,
I picked up my MOD at the Long beach show. Been running it for about 6 months now. Let me know if you have any questions.

Just a side note, there is no comparison to this machine. It could have cost twice as much and still would have been worth it.

We are going to phase out our 2 older machines and get another MOD or a MOD2.
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Old June 23rd, 2010 Jun 23, 2010 7:52:11 PM -   #20 (permalink)
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

I have researched a ton of info, and came to the conclusion this very week on picking the Mod1. I am reading the manual today, and it doesnt look too bad to pick up really quick, and start firing out work.
Lets hope i can get it and go, like I hope...
Jerid was very helpful in my research by the way.
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Thanks Gabe, it's appreciated!
 
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

Good Choice!!... we are working to get ours soon.
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

Congrats Gabe, and Carla when you get a MOD you will not be sorry!
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

what's a Mod2? there's no info on the site about it. eliminated on brand from my search, so still doing homework. so many of these say "portable for shows" but what if you have a small prius and not a large van?
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Default Re: How much is the Mod1?

Since the Mod2 isn't available at this time, we've not put the full disclosure of information out there. We have some major improvements to the platform that will excel over our initial print times. Here is the original prototype of the Mod2:


Before these improvements, this prototype is considered round one. These improvements blow away our original Mod2 platform. Be sure to keep an eye out in the coming months for round 2..... Even Mike Tyson would occasionaly go to round two before the "knock-out". And let me say, round two with Tyson was always more exciting!
 
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what's a Mod2? there's no info on the site about it. eliminated on brand from my search, so still doing homework. so many of these say "portable for shows" but what if you have a small prius and not a large van?
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I saw you mention you are looking into a machine.. this is why I asked about your experience.

We have seen the mod in action and hopefully will be getting ours soon. If you can wait until January for the ISS show in Long Beach it will be worth it to check out or even visit someone in CA.

Are you looking at it to be something portable??

you can still get a Mod-1 (please confirm Jerid) and still a very good choice..
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you can still get a Mod-1 (please confirm Jerid) and still a very good choice..
Definitely, the Mod series isn't going away any time soon. To my knowledge, it's the only platform that allows you to upgrade it to a faster production machine without having to buy an entirely new machine. So it's sticking around for awhile.
 
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so many of these say "portable for shows" but what if you have a small prius and not a large van?

The Mod1 (Mod is for MODular) is comprised of three sections which can be detached from one another for ease of transportation. The Mod1 will fit in a Prius.
 
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The Mod1 (Mod is for MODular) is comprised of three sections which can be detached from one another for ease of transportation. The Mod1 will fit in a Prius.
Also, those three parts can be carried by one person, easily, and can be reassembled in minutes.
 
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I saw you mention you are looking into a machine.. this is why I asked about your experience.

We have seen the mod in action and hopefully will be getting ours soon. If you can wait until January for the ISS show in Long Beach it will be worth it to check out or even visit someone in CA.

Are you looking at it to be something portable??

you can still get a Mod-1 (please confirm Jerid) and still a very good choice..

I am definitely waiting till january (still caving those pennies) and as I live in long beach, the ISS show is ten minutes away. (I was a bit disappointed in the NBM show, but I guess they're all getting smaller lately). Portability would be nice, to do a few small craft type shows, but mainly it would stay house bound.
 






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