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[Kornit General] MaGuyvering a Kornit Breeze.

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Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 4:53:49 AM -   #16 (permalink)
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Default Re: MaGuyvering a Kornit Breeze.

Hey Printpoppa,
good job, engine replacement is fun (I changed the motor belt recently).

Kornit markup on spares is high but not insane: they probably buy spares in Israel from all around the world (shipping and taxes), stock them, ship them to your country (shipping + taxes) and some times stock them at the country's reseller. Most shipment are by plane. You pay for the part, but mainly for the service.
But sometimes is weird: they sell an Italian pump in Italy with this funny and expensive roundtrip

I see here an opportunity: be smart, find yourself your loved spare parts (and save 60%-90% in the process). DIY is funny if you know what are you doing.
 
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Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 4:57:38 AM -   #17 (permalink)
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Exactly, If your out of warranty then you nothing to loose. And I have heard you guys in New Zealand have had trouble getting parts and even ink because Australia is the closest place for everything. I believe necessity is the mother of all innovation and I'm a big fan of winging it. Here's another fun tip I'll share that I learned from another Breeze user, he's like my Breeze Yoda. Lucas tool box buddy oil. Works great for oiling up the rails and all the little parts that need oiling. It actually runs a lot smoother now after I oiled everything with the tool box buddy. Better then we originally got the machine! Best part a 2oz bottle on Amazon was $2.64 plus shipping. Thought it was slightly steep but it actually goes a long ways. If you don't want to buy it online most hardware stores carry it the home depot by me was just out of it.
 
Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 5:37:50 AM -   #18 (permalink)
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Sorry Ghoster,
but using "Lucas tool box buddy oil" or similar products (WD40 for example) is not the best for your printer: the "dissolve corrosion" part in the slogan of the product is the problem.

It is a family of products meant to "solve problems", too aggressive for regular use. In the long run you could get more problems than you solve today.

Just as an example: the Aluminium Bearings that lock the printhead on the rails are made partially of "plastic". If you use "oil buddy" with its volatile hydrocarbures on plastic you could damage it and in the long run it will fail.
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Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 6:31:11 AM -   #19 (permalink)
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Sorry Ghoster,
but using "Lucas tool box buddy oil" or similar products (WD40 for example) is not the best for your printer: the "dissolve corrosion" part in the slogan of the product is the problem.

It is a family of products meant to "solve problems", too aggressive for regular use. In the long run you could get more problems than you solve today.

Just as an example: the Aluminium Bearings that lock the printhead on the rails are made partially of "plastic". If you use "oil buddy" with its volatile hydrocarbures on plastic you could damage it and in the long run it will fail.
You are absolutely correct on this. It's a rust penetrator so is in nature slightly corrosive, And it would probably eat through plastic and what not. But for the rails and the screw that drives the pallet are all made of steel and that's what I was mainly referring to, I should of specified. I wouldn't use this on bearings. I would think some kind of silicone grease would be better there I imagine (I haven't done anything there so I haven't given it much thought) But for basic oiling of the rails it's not going to hurt anything. It was even recommend by a Kornit Tech so it's semi approved by Kornit.
 
Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 7:38:12 AM -   #20 (permalink)
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On a side note I was reading the bottle just now to the Lucas it's actually safe for plastics and all kinds of surfaces because it's not solvent based like WD40 or liquid wrench it's not a detergent like those products. It also lists a lot of things you can use it on and one of them is guns. Gun oil is a very gentle thing just from my knowledge of firearms. So I think it's ok but if it's not I will be the first person on here to admit I was wrong and not to use it. I see why Kornit said it's ok to use. I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed and hope for the best I will keep everyone posted.
 
Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 9:12:54 AM -   #21 (permalink)
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i agree, gun oil is the best oil to use for any dtg

guys, why dont we put together a list of spare parts for everyone to participate? like a google docs sort of spreadsheet? i think a lot of other users will greatly benefit from it?

what do you think?
 
Old April 10th, 2014 Apr 10, 2014 9:34:49 AM -   #22 (permalink)
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i agree, gun oil is the best oil to use for any dtg

guys, why dont we put together a list of spare parts for everyone to participate? like a google docs sort of spreadsheet? i think a lot of other users will greatly benefit from it?

what do you think?
I like the idea there are so many good solutions out there to problems that arise especially when your out of warranty. I started this thread so I could possibly help people with inexpensive solutions to fairly large problems when I try something out of the norm. You could be that guy that calls for every little problem or you can fix it yourself. Depending on where you live it's not the easiest thing or cheapest thing to have a tech come out to fix something. And at most a tech isn't there that long for probably 80% of the problems they tackle. And it costs $500 or more for them to be there for what maybe 4 hours on average. I have never had to break down and have a tech come. If doing something as simple as suggesting an alternative oil to slick up the rails and it saves me a few $$$ then I would like other people to save some cash. When I was in the Marine Corp we rarely had all the equipment we needed. But you think outside the box and make it work with what you have. Or you repurpose something. If I can hold this machine together with bubble gum and duct tape and it still worked then pass the bubble gum.
 
Old January 8th, 2015 Jan 8, 2015 12:22:28 PM -   #23 (permalink)
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It's a new year and I just came up with something new to share. I had a two week break from using my Kornit due to a pipe freezing and flooding part of the shop. So nothing was being done during that clean up. I did manage to put some preservation fluid into the lines. Fast forward 2 weeks and all the heads were fine except my yellow. it was completely gummed up. After cleaning it I had maybe a dozen nozzles working. I looked online at something that promised it would restore print heads but it was $200. That wasn't going to fly as I just spent $800 on new parts for my breeze. So I dived into my spare parts bin and constructed what I am calling the Acme print head restorer 9000. (that's it in the picture). What I did was used a T-connector and some spare tubing. I removed the print head and connected the tubing to both sides. I then filled a plastic container with cleaning fluid just enough to cover the bottom of the print head. I filled a syringe with cleaning fluid and began pushing it through the print head and then using the syringe I pulled the fluid back through. I repeated this over and over until I had easy flow and a perfect curtain. It took maybe 10 or 15 mins to do it and after reinstalling the print head it works like it's brand new. You just need to be super careful not to get the electronics wet though.
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I am running a Kornit Breeze . My main problem is when I print on thicker clothing the spray doesn't seem to be wet enough resulting in poor finish. Is there a recommended spray amount for heavy cotton jumpers/seatshirts? its very inconsistent and am getting bad feed back from clients. I on got ,machine les than 5 months ago.
 
Old January 16th, 2015 Jan 16, 2015 3:19:31 AM -   #25 (permalink)
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I am running a Kornit Breeze . My main problem is when I print on thicker clothing the spray doesn't seem to be wet enough resulting in poor finish. Is there a recommended spray amount for heavy cotton jumpers/seatshirts? its very inconsistent and am getting bad feed back from clients. I on got ,machine les than 5 months ago.
We use AWDIS hoods and can get away with 70% spray, for gildan and FOTL though the quality isn't great and we have to use 100%+ spray
 
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Thanks did reply. Done a test on heavy cotton Gildan sweatshirt done same logo 3 times with different spray amounts. 90% spray still wasnt great finish. Would you avoid these jobs in future ? Does the colour if clothing come into effect ? Printing hi viz jumpers? Using black Tdefaukt on high quality production
 
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you can always use the spray all feature let it settle in for a moment and then print with a 100% spray if it's not working for you.
 
Old January 18th, 2015 Jan 18, 2015 12:37:22 PM -   #28 (permalink)
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After you spray the pretreat you should be able to visually see if the garment is wet enough and if any fibres are sticking up.

If you have a hand pump spray bottle filled with pretreat you can simply add more by hand and then you can flatten any fibres still sticking up. I use a extra large vinyl application squeege to gently wipe by hand.

Printing on hi vis jumpers is going to alter your colours anyway since Hi Vis usually has a high polyester content.

Here is a job I did recently on 100% polyester hi vis Shirts, Singlets, Hoodies.
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Justin that came out really great. I hate printing on 100% poly but I find there is an easier time with those then say an under armor type shirt. I don't know if it's the weaving on them or if they treat them with a chemical but I hate when someone asks for something on a performance type shirt.
 
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Justin that came out really great. I hate printing on 100% poly but I find there is an easier time with those then say an under armor type shirt. I don't know if it's the weaving on them or if they treat them with a chemical but I hate when someone asks for something on a performance type shirt.
There was one catch to this job.

Printing went perfect but some of the shirts I did got stains from the Navy sleeves sitting ontop of the Orange in the dyer and some of the dye must have merged.

The last time the Gildan rep was here he gave me a few samples to try and I was surprised the Gildan 100% polyester performance range actually printed really well even on black.
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