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Old March 27th, 2011 Mar 27, 2011 9:05:48 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you who are building your DTG you have a few choices for drying your shirts. 1) You can use a T-Shirt press (Which is fine for limited runs) or 2) You can buy an expensive conveyor dryer or 3) You can use a flash dryer.

All of these are kind of heavy on the wallet. I found a video on Youtube that gave me an idea for a work flow that would be nearly as fast as a conveyor dryer using a flash dryer unit. Good flash dryers will run you in excess of 350 bucks. I'm working on a dryer that will use heat lamps, work on a timer and use forced air... This is a simple idea and you might just start on your own. This is a a bit of a teaser. I will provide directions once I have a working model but for now here is a pic of my heat lamp array. 1500 watts Enjoy!

PS... Try this at your own risk! Please be careful if you venture out on your own. Electricity can kill you! Also, you need to understand first off that AC does not work like your flashlight and other DC products. Both the White and Black wires can kill you if you don't know what you are doing.
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Old March 27th, 2011 Mar 27, 2011 9:15:49 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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I think this is a highly needed avenue to travel!!! I would like to lose the heat presses for a dryer system as we add production/printers... enjoyed the conversation especially the solar power apps.. we need to talk on this aswell more... Ill have to show you some pics on an electric car i built..lol

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Hello
This is my first rodeo, but i have a question, i bought a yudo machine and, they say for me to iron my printed area to dry. Is that a good thing or do i need to go another route??
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Hey Jeff, Just after we talked I checked my battery array and found that 7 out of the 32 deep cell batteries had dead cells! I had to replace all 7. Talk about a day wasted. We've had really crappy weather as well... The winds blew about 20 shingles off my roof.

Today was the first day I could spend any time on my dryer. I was afraid I might blow a circuit with this but the photo is proof evident that I can handle it. I have the lamps broken down into two different arrays in parallel. I will be able to turn half of the lamps off and the other half will still be controlled by the timer. This should be a little less harsh on the electricity if necessary.

We actually have an electric car club here... I've had many a discussion with friends on this subject. I work with aeronautical engineers. You can only imagine the ideas these guys have in their heads. I look forward to speaking with you again. Let me know when you've got some spare time and we'll have to arrange another call.

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This is my first rodeo, but i have a question, i bought a yudo machine and, they say for me to iron my printed area to dry. Is that a good thing or do i need to go another route??
Joyce, I'm going to assume that s Yudo is a commercial DTG? You can use an iron... They are awfully slow and it is difficult to determine if you have reached the required temperature. Most DTG manufacturer's will suggest and even offer to sell you a heat press. Yudo must have suggested an iron as an inexpensive alternative... The route you take depends on your production. If you are doing very limited numbers then an iron or a heat press will do just fine. If you are using more than one DTG to increase your production level you will need to look at an alternative so that your drying does not become a bottleneck.

Hope that helps.

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Yes this does help!!
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last i heard the yudo was an entry level screen printing machine!!!?
 
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last i heard the yudo was an entry level screen printing machine!!!?
This idea will lend itself to either DTG or Screen Printing. She must have found the thread using the search utility.

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last i heard the yudo was an entry level screen printing machine!!!?
yes it is entry level, and thats what i was saying i am just starting and im just trying to get some kind of direction on which way i should go with the screen printing.
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This idea will lend itself to either DTG or Screen Printing. She must have found the thread using the search utility.

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yes that is how i found it, i was looking into how to dry the prints
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yes that is how i found it, i was looking into how to dry the prints
No worries... We are here to help... Just a little confused over what the Yudo was....

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Just an update... I have the frame built and next I will apply the thermal shield around this structure to build the oven encasement... More photos to follow.

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This is my first rodeo, but i have a question, i bought a yudo machine and, they say for me to iron my printed area to dry. Is that a good thing or do i need to go another route??
That MIGHT work on waterbased inks but not a good solution. Definatly not good for plastisol which is what most screen printers use.
 
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A mid-range flash dryer is about 1800 watts. This is 1500 watts. Without the forced air at close distance it should work well on plastisol as well. It might take a bit longer to get to temp but I'm optimistic that it would work. And why do you say that it is not a good solution? On what basis do you make this statement? Have you ever done this? Do you know anyone who has?

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Yes, your dryer looks very good. I was refering to the person being told to use an iron
 
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