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Old December 20th, 2017 Dec 20, 2017 9:47:24 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guy's looking to get into sublimated mugs and phone cases etc.. Mostly small things. My research pointed to the SG 400, however it is about 900$ canadian and the ink seems to be fairly expensive! Is it really worth the price or are people using a different printer? What would be my best option? Looking for good quality, nothing that will produce cheap quality.
 
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Hey guy's looking to get into sublimated mugs and phone cases etc.. Mostly small things. My research pointed to the SG 400, however it is about 900$ canadian and the ink seems to be fairly expensive! Is it really worth the price or are people using a different printer? What would be my best option? Looking for good quality, nothing that will produce cheap quality.
We (and a lot of others) use Epson printers.
Check out someplace like Cobra ink for the ink and cartridges...they seam to be popular.
We produce products for your average customer as well as small and large business's, and government/military without any issue.

Some popular Epson models are:
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Default Re: is it worth getting the Virtuoso SG400 Worth it?

I use the SG400, been using it for 6months and I love it! This machine is a great add-on if you already have a vinyl cutter, the ink is expensive but go on eBay and they have suppliers that sell the ink way cheaper, refillable ink cartridges so you can buy a bulk and refill yourself. It's a really powerful desktop printer the only difference between the SG400 and the SG800 is the size. I kinda wish I had gotten the SG800 just because of the wide format so you can cover more of the shirt, but just starting off its great. Make sure if you know the difference between all the paper available out there. Its soo many choices but it all comes down to what you're transferring the graphics too. If t-shirts look towards the Conde Reveal-S Film, there's another company out there that has a similar technology as far as the there film but I can't remember the name. But Conde does have one of the best papers out there for sublimation printers, only thing is they are very expensive! About $22 for 10 sheets. kind of ridiculous but when your one of the only ones in the industry with the best paper I guess you can charge whatever you feel like. There are plenty of other papers out there for cotton t-shirts but quality and durability doesn't compare to Conde's Reveal-S film. Search youtube for all the papers and review of each paper there plenty of people out there trying the product for everyone to see before purchasing. Also, ask the companies that supply the film for samples, you'll see who wants your business and you just want your money. Hope this helps!
 
 
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Hey guy's looking to get into sublimated mugs and phone cases etc.. Mostly small things. My research pointed to the SG 400, however it is about 900$ canadian and the ink seems to be fairly expensive! Is it really worth the price or are people using a different printer? What would be my best option? Looking for good quality, nothing that will produce cheap quality.
Sawgrass is the way to go, and I dispute the cost of ink being high. use the correct printer with the correct ink and papers and with the built in ICC's in the 'powerdriver' just press print and not waste a single print once you've dialled in the press settings.
 
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Sawgrass is the way to go, and I dispute the cost of ink being high. use the correct printer with the correct ink and papers and with the built in ICC's in the 'powerdriver' just press print and not waste a single print once you've dialled in the press settings.
The ink cost is very high if selling larger substrates and/or high volumes of anything > 6x8.

Obviously you're not in that category.
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Default Re: is it worth getting the Virtuoso SG400 Worth it?

Support sucks for the Virtuoso Printers. I have both the sg400 and the sg800 and when there is a problem you can not get a straight answer out of anyone. You can't find out if something is a common problem or if it is a fluke. Just in case somebody here might have an answer to my latest problem, here goes . . .
The SG800 was working fine until I put the bypass try back on, now it shows a "paper jam" that is nonexistent and will not clear. Anyone ever have this problem and if so, what was the solution?
 






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