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[DIY DTG] Showcase your working DIYDTG BUILD..

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Old March 5th, 2012 Mar 5, 2012 6:19:10 PM -   #16 (permalink)
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Platen is changed from wood to aluminium 2mm and klirit/plastic 1,5mm for t-shirt.Shaft is now original from printer and printer now prints in all modes:text,graphics,photo,best photo and EKPrint: speed,fine,superfine mode.And I`m happy right now.
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Old March 16th, 2012 Mar 16, 2012 7:15:36 AM -   #18 (permalink)
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Hello fellow builders and enthusiasts.
I finally finished my build. Now I just need to design a case for the printer. Mine is an Epson 1400 using friction drive.

I'm using PrintsRite bagged ink from Belquette http://www.belquette.com/printsriteinkbags.aspx.
I currently have CMYK installed but will be installing the white ink next week.

I'm using EKPrint Studio for my RIP http://www.eukondigital.com/index_files/Page970.htm.
Still trying to find that sweet spot between speed and quality with the RIP though.
I'd love to hear from others on what settings have worked for them in EK RIP. So far, "Heavy" "3" "Vivid" seems to give the best results.

Here's a link to the video I shot. This is my first video attempt so it's not as polished as I'd like.
Please give me some feedback on what you think of the build and/or the video for that matter.

And, I must give a big THANK YOU to Jeff German for inspiring me to finally tackle this project.
Jeff, you are the man.

Ben
 
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Old March 16th, 2012 Mar 16, 2012 9:12:29 AM -   #19 (permalink)
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Hello fellow builders and enthusiasts.
I finally finished my build. Now I just need to design a case for the printer. Mine is an Epson 1400 using friction drive.

I'm using PrintsRite bagged ink from Belquette http://www.belquette.com/printsriteinkbags.aspx.
I currently have CMYK installed but will be installing the white ink next week.

I'm using EKPrint Studio for my RIP http://www.eukondigital.com/index_files/Page970.htm.
Still trying to find that sweet spot between speed and quality with the RIP though.
I'd love to hear from others on what settings have worked for them in EK RIP. So far, "Heavy" "3" "Vivid" seems to give the best results.

Here's a link to the video I shot. This is my first video attempt so it's not as polished as I'd like.
Please give me some feedback on what you think of the build and/or the video for that matter.

And, I must give a big THANK YOU to Jeff German for inspiring me to finally tackle this project.
Jeff, you are the man.

Ben
Awesome Job, Ben

thanks for the kind words!! you will become a pro with the rip after trial and error experimentation (this is a step all dtg printers go thru whether diy or commercial including the pretreat process on black shirts).. I could never imagined what my little project would have become when i first started, seeing all the finished builds here and on youtube and hearing the feedback "even from commercial printer owners whom added a diy - it INSPIRED me to further my creations and we are working on another system currently..

It doesnt take long for a person to realize the competitive advantage they have of a diy in both machine cost and the ease of adding production.. It really puts you in control of your operation as a builder you understand how to work on these with ease and down time is not a factor as most serious printers have multiple units... keep up the good work look forword to seeing your cover design, however truth is the cover isnt making you money and if you notice alot of commercial printers run with there cover open to exhaust ink mist.. still want to see though If you plan on doing darks add an additional machine and dedicate it to white ink as this has many benefits one machine for cmyk and one for white ink "dark shirts" best of luck on your venture into dtg printing, learn the system and sell sell sell
 
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Very well said Jeff. Multiple diydtgs based on $100-300 printers should make dtgs moderate volume printing machines. After a while, machine maintenance should be relatively easy (in house) and cheap. Commercial dtg users can't beat that. I envy the cheap machine and ink cost you have(compared to us). It really makes diydtgs disposable machines.




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priest, nice idea for this post-section, and all guys was accept that and made replies with videos
also, very well is idea to post, next to video, experiences about ink usage: brand, kind, printer settings, etc
ill do mine when finish dtg c64
thanks to all
 
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It is working now ... thank u guys for so many info that i got here..
c88 diy dtg working printer - YouTube
 
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Old May 3rd, 2012 May 3, 2012 8:45:10 AM -   #23 (permalink)
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It is working now ... thank u guys for so many info that i got here..
c88 diy dtg working printer - YouTube
AWESOME JOB, PAUL.. thanks for posting, you will have so much fun with all of this, and watching your video i see a nice 1400 over in the corner that will be a good donor for your a3 dtg best of luck..

P.S the humidity control will make dtg printing success, make sure you monitor this as i seen the airconditioner very close to your printing setup...
 
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German13,
thank u so much brother ..more power to u guys ..and thanks also for the info .
 
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Old May 3rd, 2012 May 3, 2012 5:38:34 PM -   #25 (permalink)
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thank u so much brother ..more power to u guys ..and thanks also for the info .
Look forward to reading your progress and your advancement to an a3 we are looking forward to revealing our newest creation, we changed the entry level dtg landscape once already with our designs!! we will own it with our new stuff I say entry level referring to entry cost to dtg- not performance after all they all are epson printers!!!
 
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German13,
Thank u so much again for motivating us here ..and also for your support giving us all the important information to built ..and yes the second one will be my 1400 . the worst thing that may happen is I have some printer PARTS..... that i can share u guys if somebody needs it ........haha
more power to u brother .
 
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guys
c88 diy dtg working printer - YouTube,
check my second built 1400 Epson click the 4th one . I used a second frame of 1400 to be able to use the back eject and the front eject roller it helps a lot to move the platen which is a bigger than c88 one shaft is using a rubber and another one is coated for friction use ( will have good friction if u will use cork ). The motor is rigidly attached to the second frame with the assembly so there is no shaking and well aligned , every thing is intact . the ASF mechanism is attached to the original frame, only the back part is cut to allow the platen to pass through below ( the asf shaft is not cut ) and the PW is not disable ..only the cd/dvd sensor is tripped ( by priest suggestion )
good luck guys and more power to everybody .
 
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Very nice work Paul! I wish my work area was as clean and organized as yours LOL Keep up the great work.
 
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Ben. thank you so much brother ..well it is not that clean everyday it just happened that i cleaned it first before shooting the video ....to see where is the Epson 1400 haha ...
more power to u brother .
 
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Finally i almost finished it. Big thanks to all forum. German and Spiderx u are best. I use cork leaned (but the grip is not best), its 1440x1440 gutenprint rip, inks in urinal 500 ml bags + dampers for 4880 epson.
 
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