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[DIY DTG] Mission accomplished "license to thrill"

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Old June 20th, 2010 Jun 20, 2010 5:06:51 AM -   #31 (permalink)
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Does it use control of the print feed motor or just speed up/slow down the print head or maybe change where it does it's thing? Also, I am wondering if you guys have the pictures or your builds/parts/machines on-line where someone/I would be able to download them to be able to get a better look at them? Those little pop up picture aren't very easy for old eyes to get a good look at and it would be nice to have a lot of them available to look at/through without having to look online at different places every time I would need to double check something for any ideas I might have.
 
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Old June 20th, 2010 Jun 20, 2010 5:56:33 AM -   #32 (permalink)
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Does it use control of the print feed motor or just speed up/slow down the print head or maybe change where it does it's thing?
What you mean?

You can right click on the pic an then select open in a new window, this helps my eyes too
 
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Old June 20th, 2010 Jun 20, 2010 10:23:17 PM -   #33 (permalink)
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posted a new video of the printer-printing at 720x720..first page under the original..
 
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Old June 22nd, 2010 Jun 22, 2010 7:20:42 AM -   #34 (permalink)
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Hi, just noticed the DIY threads and your machine looks awesome The only plans or info on building is the C88 plans, is there a link somewhere to plans for something like yours with the 1900? I've been watching the DTG industry change the past few years and I've been looking for a possible way to do some shirts of my own as a hobby. I design for screen print here at work full time, can't convince the boss to invest in an expensive DTG machine. I'd love to have my own machine at home to sell my stuff online or print for friends or just for a fun project
 
Old June 22nd, 2010 Jun 22, 2010 8:14:58 AM -   #35 (permalink)
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Hi, just noticed the DIY threads and your machine looks awesome The only plans or info on building is the C88 plans, is there a link somewhere to plans for something like yours with the 1900? I've been watching the DTG industry change the past few years and I've been looking for a possible way to do some shirts of my own as a hobby. I design for screen print here at work full time, can't convince the boss to invest in an expensive DTG machine. I'd love to have my own machine at home to sell my stuff online or print for friends or just for a fun project
I'M going to put together some detailed plans...just not sure quite yet which format i will use to do that..

I have even considered doing a step by step video tutorial, i have a multitude of requests for the plans where the people are concerned with the video approach due to not being able to understand spoken english, so have requested sub-title's..


anyway im still looking at the best approach for this, either way it will be put on my website, i'm going to put this out for almost nothing (almost) excluding the people who provided me info here it will be free to them(you know who you are). In addition i will include all part #s etc and where to buy, you will need a rip program (highly recommend one) ink carts or a bulk system and dtg ink, when i release the plans i will explain what works best for the machine to date and why. i am also working on a diy recirculating pump for the white ink, not completely necessary with good maintenance but a major benefit..could be a bit on that yet. i have alot of things going on

so it will work similar to how the original c88 plans worked on his site.. if you have followed the threads i originally started, i tried to do this with a micro-controller first but ended up having to many obstacles and cost involved ie additional power source and sensors needed over loading the mother board, blowing fuses etc.. some have experience with that realm with previously manufactured machines- so i had some 3rd party cost that i would like to recoupe

What i'm most looking forward to in the future is reading the post of people who built the (t-dozer) allowing them to get in the dtg game at a low cost and be profitable without lease payments or high cost machines..(that was my build objective) not all will have the carpentry skills to do this, and i would suggest finding someone local to you that does and have them build it for you..still a cheap alternative..

I'M letting the interest build a bit, so when i release them things will work fast. once there released there is the possibility of leaks, file sharing etc no matter the protection put in place, just a fact of life.. if you catch my drift

i did get an offer on the whole design-rights..i declined...the project was born here and i received alot of info here so that will be my way of saying thank you..some might not think that is the case due to a cost....but i did incur costs while putting together or inventing the machine, and i guarantee for the small investment they make in building there machine...it will pay for itself a million times over

I really only consider the wiring modifications the only proprietary info, which will also work on other epson printers to be disclosed in the plans.you could put this to any delivery system (base) you wanted. i honestly believe this will be the closest dtg to an epson produced dtg to date..until they make one due to it being 100% epson firmware...
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Old June 22nd, 2010 Jun 22, 2010 9:05:24 AM -   #36 (permalink)
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I am going out to BURNING MAN in September and have tie-dyed some t-shirts for my crew that I'd like to screen print a logo on over some glow-in-the-dark paint areas.

WTB: CHEAP ! used 1/2 color press that is working and not busted. Not starting a business. A couple 20x24 110 screens and supplies including black plastisol. I have a little cash, but it's cash.
 
Old June 23rd, 2010 Jun 23, 2010 10:53:09 PM -   #37 (permalink)
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Can you do a printhead alignment without getting any errors?
 
Old June 23rd, 2010 Jun 23, 2010 11:03:12 PM -   #38 (permalink)
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Can you do a printhead alignment without getting any errors?
yes...100% error free.. aswell as nozzle checks this is done directly from the utilities of the ek rip..www.eukondigital.com/

ek rip included some very nice features in the trial version of the rip...to accommodate my design free of charge, and they have made it a standard feature included with there new version (3.4.3) when you purchase it .. they also have a very nice feature included which is a table movement adjusment for the r1900. it allows you to print in 720 res with the stock epson firmware by adjusting the gap and feed...at blazing speed as seen in the vid..priceless the platen size is 13x19..

you can also do this with an updated printer jockey program from what i understand but i have not tried this...

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Old June 24th, 2010 Jun 24, 2010 8:47:58 AM -   #39 (permalink)
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Hey guys

ill prob be out till monday, going out of town...but i will try to check in here in the evenings..

additionally i will be adding a link to my site with my signature in the near future... this way i can conform and stay within the forum guidelines... there is a fine line here as far as my help on the forums and what the project has evolved into.., and i certainly want to respect that..

i will continue to provide info..etc on the forums if anyone has questions on the how to procedures of fabrication, but my plans (electronic conversion portion)are a separate venture that evolved from here not to be confused with the free info regarding (plastic base and plastic fabrication and design..

so i would appreciate any questions regarding plans be directed to the site link when provided and not here..

Have an awesome weekend...

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Old June 25th, 2010 Jun 25, 2010 9:29:04 PM -   #40 (permalink)
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This can change my business dynamics INSTANTLY
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Old June 27th, 2010 Jun 27, 2010 5:54:55 AM -   #41 (permalink)
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Great work German. I always follow your thread. I'm Looking forward for the plans, both the body works and the electrical works... I don't mind about giving out some donation for the great works & research you have done
 
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I have to say I operate a small shop in Jasper Georgia and this seems to me like something I would use with out question, Now for the serious question, Are you able to print on lighter colored t-shirts as well or only on white I been wondering because I was looking into this dtg option for awhile but not sure what all in entails and what the capabilities are. I will not pay $14,000 for a dtg printer I will continue to use my 4 color four platen manual press before I do that.
 
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I have to say I operate a small shop in Jasper Georgia and this seems to me like something I would use with out question, Now for the serious question, Are you able to print on lighter colored t-shirts as well or only on white I been wondering because I was looking into this dtg option for awhile but not sure what all in entails and what the capabilities are. I will not pay $14,000 for a dtg printer I will continue to use my 4 color four platen manual press before I do that.
It will work just like any other dtg's capabilities...
you will need to configure it for white ink to print on black (dark colored shirts) currently it is set up as dual cmyk, for dark shirts you would set it up as cmykwwww.

i think the best way to do this is have seperate carts one setup for dual cmyk, 1 set of carts for cmykwwww, and one set of carts for cleaning solution for maintenance inbetween change outs..just my opinion.. or the absolute best two separate printers one for light and white shirts, and one for darks.. i myself will never leave the white ink in the printer for extended period without printing daily, i will pull the carts and purge it keeping the cleaning solution carts in place till its next use after any dark shirt job or white ink printing..prolly an over kill but super safe this way eliminating the possibility of white ink clogs.. I can tell you my wife sold enough product that was produced on this machine to pay for all the trials and tribulations of building it, in 3 days.. any thing sold after today will be pure profit outside the shirts and consumables..

so the short answer is yes, it will print on any t-shirt, and other substrates aswell

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Great thank you for answering so quickly now I just need to get a hold of the plans, Another question I have I have two epson stylus pro 4800's do you think these will work for the project since they are not currently in use for anything other then printing heat transfers.
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Great thank you for answering so quickly now I just need to get a hold of the plans, Another question I have I have two epson stylus pro 4800's do you think these will work for the project since they are not currently in use for anything other then printing heat transfers.

yes, it will work on the 4800... i suggest looking over the plans once a make them avail.. there is only one printer above the r1900 that i am aware of that will not work with this conversion..

i use ek rip because they have a nice table adjustment feature allowing you to print at 720 res as explained earlier, however you can use other rips aswell but my experience with my machine only allowed 1400x1400 res printing which most agree this is what res they will use regardless..

so you need to take into consideration what models the rip program supports aswell...and ek does support the 4800 amognst others..

i seriously think you should consider doing the r1900 build first before tearing into that expensive of a printer, i see the only advantage to a 4800 is a bit wider print not worth it in my opinion due to thecost of the printer..

i view these printers r1900 as i believe epson does (disposable) due to the price.. the r1900 is fast and prints awesome.. and in case you were not aware several commercial dtg's are based off the epson r1900.. i am still out of town i will be traveling home tommorro morn (monday) and will check back here monday eve..

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