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[DIY DTG] My Alien Bunker DIY DTG Epson 1430 Build for Less than $30

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Old March 22nd, 2018 Mar 22, 2018 7:31:08 AM -   #46 (permalink)
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Awesome. (note how many spent 20 minutes watching your videos) At the final price one can afford several setups for the redundancy that will prove necessary.
And at 6 minutes 30 second print on white time, two printers bring production to 3:15, still twice as long as the $20,000 models,,, but I'm good with that! With two the investment is still less than $1,000 for equipment.
What pre-treat, if any, are you using and....
Have you found a pre-treat that will allow 'on-black' printing?
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Old March 22nd, 2018 Mar 22, 2018 10:51:07 AM -   #47 (permalink)
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Are you pertaining to the Nikko DTG? if so i am planning to purchase 1unit from him but the V1 only just to test and get a grip of the DTG process ... can you tell me or share your experience on his printers? thanks
Mine is exactly the printer you would get. The V1.

Feed uses the paper feed motor.
No bezel for the platen.
Difficult to adjust platen height.

But apart from that, it's a perfect machine to use!

Feed using motor is just a fact. Nothing negative about that.
No bezel but you can make one, and it prints fine without one.
Adjusting the platen is a pain but you only do it once, so it's a non issue long term.

I can't say anything valid and bad about this printer!

It's exactly what you need, nothing you don't. The V2 has a better feed and platen system with bezels, but it's not necessary. Quality is just as good on the V1 since the printer is the same in both!
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There are some on eBay. Might not be your exact printer, but I'd recommend this:

Buy a cheap $50 Epson printer to use.
Buy a plan set off eBay. (It will be less "blueprint" and more "video how-to" but will tell you how to do it)

Tear in and convert that printer.

It will either work or not. If it does, you can more confidently do your real one. If it does not? Then you are only out about $60 and didn't ruin a nice printer.

I'd expect within Epson brand, most parts are similar enough in function to translate. Screw counts and locations might be different but an inkjet printer kind of just is an inkjet printer.

I know you're in for these steps.

1. Clear the bottom for a platen (sawing)
2. Move the paper feed systems (sensing, feeding and measuring bits) onto your platen.
3. Reassemble and align them so the motor will feed the platen instead of paper.

Tough bit I would think is "Don't warp or destroy the printer assembly in the process".

Hope this helps.
 






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