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[DIY DTG] DIY DTG Epson R2000 Flat Bed Build

 
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Old February 13th, 2012 Feb 13, 2012 2:55:45 PM -   #46 (permalink)
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Default Re: DIY DTG Epson R2000 Flat Bed Build

please make a video i would like to see how it looks and what is happening. then we will se what is happening and try to help you. it is interested build i like it a lot.
 
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Old February 13th, 2012 Feb 13, 2012 3:00:22 PM -   #47 (permalink)
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Check your PE sensor that usually means the pe does not sense paper
 
Old February 15th, 2012 Feb 15, 2012 1:46:02 AM -   #48 (permalink)
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Good idea, will take a video ( my 1st) when I get back home next week.
Thinking of a few upgrades for the table already.
 
 
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just keeping in the loop
 
Old February 21st, 2012 Feb 21, 2012 4:24:42 PM -   #50 (permalink)
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I've started to mock up the sheet metal "Z" tower & crossover.
Will be TDK linear rail this time also.





Will be keeping the belt drive & rear motor shaft.
 
Old February 22nd, 2012 Feb 22, 2012 9:00:44 AM -   #51 (permalink)
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So far so good.
Been working on one side or the "Z" lift.
Notched the bottom for the crossover to slide into the tower.
Will pop rivet them together.
When finished with both "Z" lifts will be able to mount the crossover & pulleys for the screws & order the belt for it.
Had to add 3/16" flat stock to the side rails to clear the belt drive.
Will drill the holes in them then mount with wood screws to both side panels.



With the sheet metal setup the base box will be 3.5" narrower & the Z" towers will be about 16" high with about 8" of travel.
Use of 5 sliding rails cut to the length needed.
So far the S/S metal, bent, came to $200.00, Used his drops for everything. About 2.5 hrs Labor.
The rails (5) off eBay came to $100.00 shipped.
Home depot about $40.00 so far.
Will need to order the belt.
About a $500.00 upgrade, but I believe it will be so much better, narrower & smoother & then the pulley setup.
And prettier!

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Old February 22nd, 2012 Feb 22, 2012 9:15:48 AM -   #52 (permalink)
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With over 2600 looker, would be great to get some feedback, Pro or Con!
 
Old February 22nd, 2012 Feb 22, 2012 4:52:47 PM -   #53 (permalink)
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With over 2600 looker, would be great to get some feedback, Pro or Con!

Hey Skip!!

Your project is coming along nicely!! Heres some things to consider based on my experience with diy dtg projects.. First let me say i think your a very talented guy mechanically, but i think the issue that you will run into is most do not have the skill set to put something that complex together from a diy perspectiv, some do but most dont.... I started out similar and found there are much simpler ways to achieve the objective without taxing the diyer,s building skills.. What will happen is you will get endless questions regarding its build trouble-shooting etc. If you speak with john (turbojet) I think he will second this opinion.. The trend coming out now are very simple units you can see this in a few chinese brands that are offered now and a few new entries to the comercial market, you want to make it as simple and troble free as possible and by designing around what epson has offered up this is easily achieved.. a good example is i made my forum version using all epson parts only adding a base system and rerouting sensors and if you look at the many questions that came out of such a simple unit you can get an idea what im talking about. heres another thing to consider the total cost of build parts and time requirred for the build, this is where the diyer goes ok lets see im going to put 500 into a printer and another 500/1000 in parts and its going to take a week of my time to build and then theres bugs to work out and an additional 800 on a rip!! these are the folks that go and buy used dtgs in the 4000 to 6000 range.. If i can give a suggestion try and design something that can be built in a days time for about 400 in parts or offer a complete build in the 2500 to 3000 range excluding rip and then you have something special Hope you dont take my opinion the wrong way its only an opinion, but i think what you have cooking is only going to appeal to advanced builders as there are simpler options that give the same result!! Most of the folks that find there way here are printers/decorators screen,digital transfers, sublimation etc and are looking for a cheap dtg alternative the craftsman is a smaller proportion of viewers, then you have those that reproduce your work and sell for profit (lots of these) just make sure you protect your designs from this type, you can easily get discourged from helping people when you see your free offerings being sold.. I have one on the shelf im working on protecting before its made public.. keep up the good work!!!

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Old February 22nd, 2012 Feb 22, 2012 5:25:03 PM -   #54 (permalink)
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I understand your point & it will taken.
However I'm building this for me & I want to be able to do more then just T-shirts.
This one is a get to know problems & finding the fix.
It's not cheap, but hope will serve me well in the end.
True, most people don't know which end of a screw driver to use or how to use it.
The old days are gone when build, repaired & you did it yourself.
Now it has to be on a computer or forget it.
But it's FUN & keeps me out of the Bars.
Who know's, I may never even use it to make money, But "I DID MYSELF" & can proud of that!
People are watching the build & hope it will put a FIRE under them to use your hands & "HAVE FUN".
True, I have a little more knowledge then most, but that's came from seeing some cool thing & try to build it.
I never thought of hacking into a color printer until I saw some U-Tubes & found this site.
It's a shame that most of the info on here is gone & the DIY is drying.
I'm just 5 years to late ( as always ) & I'm not doing anything that hasn't been done already by someone else.
I said I would built it in WOOD ( don't like wood ) & i did it.
Now will try sheet metal, then on to the next idea.
 
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I understand your point & it will taken.
However I'm building this for me & I want to be able to do more then just T-shirts.
This one is a get to know problems & finding the fix.
It's not cheap, but hope will serve me well in the end.
True, most people don't know which end of a screw driver to use or how to use it.
The old days are gone when build, repaired & you did it yourself.
Now it has to be on a computer or forget it.
But it's FUN & keeps me out of the Bars.
Who know's, I may never even use it to make money, But "I DID MYSELF" & can proud of that!
People are watching the build & hope it will put a FIRE under them to use your hands & "HAVE FUN".
True, I have a little more knowledge then most, but that's came from seeing some cool thing & try to build it.
I never thought of hacking into a color printer until I saw some U-Tubes & found this site.
It's a shame that most of the info on here is gone & the DIY is drying.
I'm just 5 years to late ( as always ) & I'm not doing anything that hasn't been done already by someone else.
I said I would built it in WOOD ( don't like wood ) & i did it.
Now will try sheet metal, then on to the next idea.
Im excited to see this stuff no doubt about that maybe a mechanically adjusted version as far as printer height to simplify it for others?

do you have the wood version in working order? maybe post a vid if possible videos will captivate an audience for your project..im interested in the pitch control with this set up based on your pulley sizes you must be controlling the steps thru a servo? or its a gear ratio change?, If servo-is this with an additional board or computer program?
 
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Im excited to see this stuff no doubt about that maybe a mechanically adjusted version as far as printer height to simplify it for others?

do you have the wood version in working order? maybe post a vid if possible videos will captivate an audience for your project..im interested in the pitch control with this set up based on your pulley sizes you must be controlling the steps thru a servo? or its a gear ratio change?, If servo-is this with an additional board or computer program?
Never got the printer to work! As in one of the other post.
As far as the pitch control, used the stock motor & gear then 1:1 belt pulleys to pull the "Z" printer on both sides.
The sheet metal setup will be using the same setup for the paper feed motor or "X" axles.
The "Z" will use a DC motor with speed controller or a stepper motor with stand alone control.
Will not be tied into the printer in any way.
Hope to come up with a Print head beam & auto height control on it also.
Any ideas?
 
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Have the rails mounted & printer pad w/ bearing done on both uprights.
The screws are mounted to the printer pads.
Next to drill the holes for the bronze bushing top & bottom for the screws.

 
Old February 23rd, 2012 Feb 23, 2012 5:05:08 PM -   #58 (permalink)
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The crossover has been trimmed to length, the bronze bushing have been mounted for the screws.
Next to mount the uprights to the crossover.
You can see one of the side rail in front of the "Z" assy.

 
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Old February 23rd, 2012 Feb 23, 2012 5:22:56 PM -   #59 (permalink)
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Hi skip use a garage door proximity switch you know the little beam that stops your garage door from kill ing or crushing your kid?
 
Old February 23rd, 2012 Feb 23, 2012 5:41:29 PM -   #60 (permalink)
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Kids ok, but not the car, anything but my car!!!!!!
 






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